Falling through a hole in time is not the best way to start your day, except when it happens to save you from the hangman's noose.

Jessie Callahan drops straight from the Texas gallows in 1871 Texas into 1066 England, followed closely by her nemesis, Matthew McKnight. She shot him—winged him, actually—and was sentenced to death. Now she has a second chance—maybe.

Despite Jessie's attempt at taking his life, Matt is ready for this adventure, so long as she is by his side. But Jessie wants the escapade, not him. They manage to mend their fences and lead each other on a merry chase as they roam the countryside, discover other time travelers and prepare for the battle brewing not far away.

The third Time Traveler tale is not up to Van Horne's usual standard. The alternating first-person chapters have a sing-song quality at the beginning, although the book ends with in strong style usually associated with this author when she's writing action and adventure. SENSUAL (Feb., 285 pp., $16.50)
Reviewed by: 
Donna Brown