Douglas writes this story amazingly well. It's a great time-travel story, with a solid history of the Underground Railroad, as well as the developing relationship that Thor and Willow cannot ignore. Readers will wish for the miracle of the right time that will, hopefully, allow Thor and Willow to be together. Kudos to Douglas for building up the tension, but not leaving readers disappointed.

When his father digs out a gold watch from an old trunk in their family cabin, Thor Magnusen has something different to focus on. It's 1985, and Thor's been having a pity party after a hard sack caused the end of his football career. Always one to tinker with things to better understand them, he gets the watch working.

Passing up on a day of fishing with his father and brother, Thor takes a walk and ends up resting against a tree, falling into a deep sleep. When he wakes up, things are quite different. It doesn't take Thor long to discover two things: He has somehow time-traveled to 1860 and he's attracted to a beautiful black woman named Willow Elkridge. Black and white relationships were not acceptable during those years, but Thor and Willow strike up a friendship.

(Jan., 220 pp., $9.95)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor