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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Far Into Yesterday by Verna Clay

Far Into Yesterday by Verna Clay
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Historical, Time travel, Contemp
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Haunted by a Poem...

The words swirl and dance in her mind until Ella Montclair is forced to commit them to paper. The poem haunts her every night before she falls asleep, the meaning of its words elusive. To keep her sanity she blocks the words from her mind.

An Unexpected Job Opportunity...

Ella can't believe her good fortune when she receives the job of a lifetime, research assistant to the great Lord Byron Thomas himself, and she will live in his Farnham Village Country Manor just outside of London. As she is packing for her exciting journey, the poem that haunted her all those years ago resurfaces, leaving her to question fate. Why now? Why would these words resurface when she's about to embark on the greatest adventure of her life? What does it mean?

A Painting or a Portal...

Exploring Farnham Castle, her employer's latest research project, Ella finds an antique painting in one of the abandoned rooms. Compelled by an unseen force to touch the picture, Ella is transported back to 1888 to the bedroom of Lord Wallace Hastings. Words of her poem begin to resurface as Ella struggles to find a way back to her time and the world she knows, and she again questions their meaning. Will mear words haunting Ella from the past be her key back to her own time? What of the love she's begun to feel for the dashing Lord Hastings? Will the words of the poem that transported her Far Into Yesterday, bring her home again?

A short trip from the twenty-first century back to nineteenth century England and back again is a great escape.

Ella’s research project takes her first to Thomas Manor then to Farnham Castle where she lands back in time when she touches the face of a man in an old portrait. She becomes a servant (and more) in Sir Wallace Hastings household.

Far Into Yesterday is a good story to unwind with at the end of a busy day. Park your disbelief on the nightstand beside your day planner, pile up the pillows just right, and settle in for a vicarious experience with college-educated, jeans-wearing Ella whose language and actions reflect how she lives in twenty-first century America. Of course, when she meets the proper Sir Wallace Hastings of nineteenth-century England, who thinks she probably escaped from Bedlam, her life changes dramatically. The social mores and living conditions she must cope with in her nineteenth-century life are less than pleasing, but she finds Sir Wallace Hastings most pleasing.

It is delightful to see how these Ella and Wallace bridge a huge gap in time to connect on many levels. The crude expletives detract from the heroine’s appeal, but they were brief and her positive, outgoing, and giving personality endear her to the reader. Of course, Sir Wallace Hastings is a hero that copes with the changes in his life in an admirable fashion that brings the story to a somewhat surprising but most satisfying happy-ever-after.