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Friday, September 18, 2009

Sisters in Time by Ginger Simpson

Sisters in Time by Ginger Simpson
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Full
Heat: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Book
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Two eras collide when a modern day attorney and a pioneer wife find themselves locked in a time not their own.

Mariah Cassidy awakens in the twentieth century. Confined in a pristine environment, hooked to tubes and beeping machines, she’s scared, confused and wondering why everyone keeps calling her Mrs. Morgan. Who is the strange man who keeps massaging her forehead and telling her everything is going to be alright?

Taylor Morgan tries to focus on her surroundings through a blinding headache. The patchwork quilt, the water basin, and the archaic room don’t strike a familiar chord. Her mouth gapes when a handsome man waltzes into the room, calls her darling, and expresses his delight that she’s on the road to recovery.

Clearly something is amiss.

‘Simpson’s ‘Sisters in Time’ starts off with an engaging plunge into the past. The handsome Frank rides in on his snorting stallion, but the first problem arrives immediately when the lovely Mariah worries about her own sexual inhibitions.

Taylor Morgan, of a whole other era, is an equally strong if entirely different character. A busy lawyer, her demanding schedule appears the be the biggest hurdle in her life. Incredibly quickly, both their lives will change. Both Frank and David, the devoted husbands, are there for their wives immediately. The conversation comes across as smooth and crisp, and always propels the plot forward. All four of these primary characters have good and bad moments, and their personalities really make this work entertaining.

Descriptions are equally well-done, from sexual scenes to experiencing the dust along the rocky trail. It’s the plot that plods in this one.

Tedious only because of its predictability, ‘Sisters in Time’ trots down the familiar trail of switched bodies, switched times. Predictable surprise and related difficulties ensue. This has been done in books, movies, cartoons… and here. It’s done well, but it is far too derivative. Plausibility is not the issue. In fact, it’s so well written that I expected the writer to sally off into far less traveled waters at some point within, but the tale never deviates significantly from exactly what you expect. Simpson plunges forward though, and right through to the end it's very readable. If you like the paranormal, this is worth a read.