This innovative novel with its creative attention to detail, great descriptive writing, and a no-holds-barred attitude is unique and enjoyable. Vicki Bashor is a name time-travel fans will come to know and love.

Maggie Westshire and her husband, David, travel to the Arkansas hills in search of Maggie's father. Though she has believed him dead, Maggie gets veiled messages from her backwoods relatives that he is alive.

A perfumer by occupation, Maggie's sense of smell is so sensitive that she can distinguish the various combination of scents in anything. When she enters an old general store and comes upon a bell jar with a strange powder inside, she just has to smell it. She sniffs the old remedy and finds herself transported back to 1926, where her clothes and modern attitude make everyone think she's a loose woman.

Rescued by green-eyed Shea Younger, she comes to realize that she must search for the powder to find a way home. Caught in the tangles of a young Al Capone, always aware of her time slip and the repercussions she can cause, Maggie enlists Shea's help.

What Maggie finds is more than a father.

(Nov., 363 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cyndie Dennis-Greer