The gifted Anne Barbour raises time-travel to new heights of excellence in this provocative love story of a prominent literature professor who travels back in time to fall in love with an autocratic earl.

It has to be a dream or some kind of delusion caused by the splitting headache that comes over American tourist Amanda McGovern in Grosvenor Chapel. All these strangers dressed in period clothing can't possibly be real. But they seem to recognize her as beautiful heiress Amanda Bridge, daughter of a wealthy Cit, who is about to be betrothed to the impoverished Lord Ashindon.

Of course, a marriage of convenience is simply too ridiculous for a modern woman to take seriously. Slowly, however, Amanda comes to realize that she really has gone back in time and must somehow make a new life for herself in a society where women have no legal standing.

Ashindon is equally confused by the abrupt change in personality of his promised bride. Fascinated by her frank speech and independent attitude, he begins to realize that life with this woman may be far more than he ever expected. But how will he feel when he learns just who she really is?

Ms. Barbour has crafted one of the most pleasing and intelligent time-travel romances yet published. Don't miss it! (Mar., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer