Time After Time
Avon, March, 2001.
Paperback, 366 pages.
Subgenre: Time Travel
Kelly Brennan has been cut off from life since the death of her beloved husband, years ago. Now a bridesmaid in a friend's big Southern wedding, and forced to wear a truly ugly green bridesmaid's dress, Kelly wanders out on the grounds of the large home which is the site of the festivities. Somehow she is transported back in time to post-Civil War New Orleans, where a little girl finds her and thinks she's a fairy (it's that ridiculous green dress). The little girl Lizzie, takes Kelly home to her plantation, where Kelly gets the shock of her life. Lizzie's father, a widower, is the spitting image of Kelly's dead husband, Michael. At first worried that she's losing her mind, Kelly eventually accepts the fact that she is really stuck over 100 years in the past, with no telephones, cars or modern conveniences. But being stuck in the past has its rewards, as well; her attraction to the brooding and handsome Daniel Gilmore grows stronger every day. But is he worth giving up her entire life in the year 2001?
Constance O'Day-Flannery has created a charming time travel romance with Time After Time. Kelly is a heroine who has definitely had some hard knocks; she lost her husband when she was only 23. Now in her 30s, Kelly has just about given up on everything except running her successful travel agency. Her gradual acceptance of her surroundings and her growing love for Daniel are skillfully portrayed by the author, and the two leads have plenty of chemistry between them. Ms. O'Day-Flannery also provides some interesting historical background about the budding suffragette movement and how the women of the time weren't quite as cowed as you might think. Altogether, this is a delightful read for lovers of time travel and Civil War-era romances.
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This review was published in the May, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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