The second in Susan Plunketts time travel trilogy centers on the middle sibling, Bethany James, who survived the car accident that claimed her parents lives and wants nothing more than a return to normalcy. Instead, a syrupy mist engulfs herand her sisters and deposits them in The River of Time.
Bethany is hurt in her fall through time and lands at the feet of Juneau, Alaskas best-loved bachelor, architect Matthew Gray, just after hes buried his father. Putting the lovely stranger into the care of his best friends, Matt takes care of his fathers vast holdings-and suspects that someone is sabotaging the mining operations.
When the towns hired schoolteacher fails to appear, Matt must turn to Bethany, a highly talented educator. Bethany quickly figures out what has happened to her, and with her survivors instincts, she not only accepts the job, but the challenge of allowing herself to fall in love with Matthew.
Ms. Plunkett once again delivers vivid setting with a good dose of sexual tension. Bethany carries internal scars from her accident, and her personal struggle for a sense of wholeness is poignantly written and gently answered in this pleasant read. SENSUAL (Nov., 360 p., $5.99)