Ms. Saunder's charmingly arrogant hero and the interweaving of two timeless love stories makes the reading of this lovely tale a truly ENCHANTED TIME.
Although her life is lonely, Ivy has come a long way from her humble beginnings in a Reno trailer park with her mother and a succession of stepfathers. Ivy owns her own Seattle antique shop, Enchanted Time, and the ancient book she buys from an old woman turns out to be the treasure of a lifetime.
Filled with recipes and poems, the book belonged to the Ramsden women of Wythcombe Keep. As Ivy reads one of the poems she is carried in a golden flash to a freezing beach where a handsome man in 17th century clothing introduces himself as Julian Ramsden.
As Royalist sympathizers, the Ramsdens have lost nearly everything but Wythecombe Keep. Determined to protect his grandmother and sister from the rumor that they are witches, Julian is forced to marry the daughter of one of Cromwell's allies.
Ivy is innocence and temptation in a beautiful package and Julian decides she will be his mistress. Ivy is too enamored to find the will to resist, but she continues to search for the magic book that's her key to time.
(Sept., 442 pp., $4.99)