“When Liza Starr Love, an historical romance author, travels back in
time with her main character, Ross York, who is a Peterson Detective in her
tenth historical romance novel, she must prevent him from altering the future
and try to save the life of her infamous ancestor--Belle Starr.
Liza is frantically working on her book deadline because without it,
she has no way to keep her farm afloat after her husband died in a freak
framing accident. She needs the money from the sale of her book, but a
thunderstorm with tornado prevents her from working on it when the power goes
out. When she gets it back, her hero and his daughter from her books appear in
Ross, who lost his pregnant wife, is traveling on a wagon train to
Santa Fe across the territory of Oklahoma, to take his daughter to live with
his brother and his wife, he must also protect the gold he's carrying to pay
the Peterson Detectives and keep it from falling into the wrong hands of the
Younger Gang. But a severe thunderstorm one night finds himself and his
daughter in a strange home with strange surroundings in the future he doesn't
Together, Ross and Liza must figure out how to get Ross and Sara back
to the 1880s. For Ross to arrest her ancestor without hurting Liza, the woman
he's fallen in love with. For Liza to figure out how to save her farm, let a
man help her and fall in love all over again. And for them both to figure out
how their love can transcend between two worlds they travel between.”
Born in Durant, Oklahoma, Jacqueline Hopkins describes herself as a “displaced
Okie with a bit of Choctaw blood.” A bit of a nomad her place of residence has
bounced around a bit, with stints in states as varied as Hawaii, Alaska,
Florida, and Connecticut as well as internationally, living for a time in
Iceland. She currently lives in Idaho and is the author of several books that
range from romance, to memoir, and even one that while primarily a cookbook has
a little memoir thrown in as well. That’s a mashup you don’t see very often.
This combination of historical fiction and romance (aka historical
romance) and time travel isn’t one you see very often. I’m sure they’re out
there, but not common in my experience. The couple examples I’ve come up with involved
people from modern days traveling back in time and having to adapt to a time
that was simpler in some ways, but also harder for the average person as well.
This is different in that while we have a people going back to the 1800s, but
also people from the 1800s who travel to modern times for a while. An adult man
from the 1800s who thinks he understands things getting thrown into the modern
world with various motorized vehicles, washing machines, hot tubs, and … well,
let’s just say that just like with a toddler starting to explore, an adult
thrown into modern times needs a close eye kept on them too. That all makes for
some intense, but humorous things to happen.
Along with those new twists from traveling back and forth in time we’ve
got the tension of a typical romance, complicated due to differences in how
certain things from dress, to action, to gender roles were viewed in the 1800s
compared to today. Throw it all together and the result is a fun read that also
got me thinking about the changing world. I’m afraid I wouldn’t handle it well if
I was transported a hundred years into the future.
My review is based on an advance reviewer copy so I can’t judge the
final product in this area.
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words