Ms. Fox has written a time travel romance with a twist. Flynn Patrick, a Washington, D.C. speechwriter, goes to England for a wedding. This trip is unusual for him, because hes returning to Mereston, the home where his American adoptive parents found him.

While at the wedding, he falls into the fountain and finds himself transported to nineteenth-century England.

His Alice in Wonderland adventures begin when he meets Melisande St. Claire climbing down the balcony to escape her betrothal to the dukes heir, a cold, hard man whom Melisande senses is evil.

From there the madman who believes he comes from the future and the class-conscious young miss embark on a series of adventures and mishaps. Needless to say, there is much hilarity and embarrassment along the way, since Flynn has no understanding of proper nineteenth-century conduct towards young ladies. As to the twistwell youll just have to find out for yourself. (June, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Michell Phifer