Orphaned, Alicia and her sisters keep a promise they made long agoto sing at the grave of the county witch. They have forgotten the old womans prophecy and the sisters become separated in a mystical fog.

A dedicated botanist, Alicia quickly recognizes her surroundings. No longer is she in the Wyoming mountains; instead she finds herself 100 years in the past, surrounded by the great Alaskan forests. She is not alone.

After surviving tragedy and betrayal, Caleb Marker now runs a successful logging company while raising his beloved Mariah. The little girl is all he lives for, until he finds a beautiful stranger in his woods. He ignores his desire for her, her shocking dress and speech. He certainly does not expect to see her on his doorstep answering his post for the job of governess.

Caleb hires Alicia when Mariah takes to her. Within days, Alicia is enfolded within Calebs loving home. Raised on a ranch, Alicia has no problems adapting to the old-fashioned life, and is happily willing to trade in her cell phone and ATM cards. Her past and her training make the time-travel transition easy, but both she and Caleb have secrets that threaten their too-good-to-be-true serenity.

A light-hearted plot, delicious sexual tension and a well-researched setting makes this a quick, fun read. Though Alicia never has a chance to explain her disappearance to her sisters, we assume they know of her fate from the old witchs forecast and will adjust as easily as Alicia has. (Apr., 315 pp., $6.00)

Reviewed by: 
Anne Black