Series: #8 The Civil War Brides
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 12, 2012
This one got pretty exciting and I was thrilled to see this happen. I loved all the twists and turns it took. While the romance was as good as I’ve come to expect from this series, I have to say that I found the advancements in the overall story arc for the series equally compelling.
Jessica and Travis are a great couple. They had me laughing, sighing at the tender moments and groaning over their mutual stubbornness. Before I go much further, I should point out that this one is very much connected to the ones that came before it. It assumes the reader is familiar with the history of several people and the ongoing situation that makes them time travelers.
Jessica Battaglia is a nurse at a hospital in Harrisburg and her life leaves her content with the exception of painful situation of her grandfather walking away from his marriage and taking up with a much younger woman. She can’t forgive him for this and doesn’t trust his new wife, but she agrees to come to dinner along with her best friend, Hailey for moral support. At the dinner, all goes wrong and she ends up accused of murdering her own grandfather and taken into custody even while her friend is taken to the hospital because Eve drugged them. While sitting in the interrogation room, something weird happens and she blacks out only to end up in the countryside almost a hundred and fifty years before her time trying to convince a guy that she’s not crazy.
Travis Wade, a Union deserter and thought dead, is making his way back to his uncle in Harrisburg to get his help when he stumbles on a crazy beautiful woman who thinks she’s from the future. It’s not long before he learns that her bizarre story is indeed the truth when he encounters more time travelers just like her and they all know his uncle and his brother. His life is turned upside down and his attraction to Jessica is at the center of this. Each time he is near her though he ends up saying or doing the wrong stuff that causes an argument. He has no idea what to do and recognizes that if he doesn’t figure it out quick, she’ll leave him behind to return to her own time.
Jessica is all stirred up when it comes to Travis and she doesn’t know what to think about the irritating man who both makes her go weak at the knees and gives her the urge to hit him all at the same time. She has the added distraction of worrying what is going on with her grandfather’s murder and her friend’s precarious survival in her absence. Her heart is divided and she has no idea what to do.
In the meantime, she is enjoying the camaraderie and family of people who have taken her into their life and made her one of their own. Sophie and Jamie kindly do all they can for her and Travis, Em and Hannah are busy with babies and pregnancies and they’re all caught up in the events brought on by the War. The mysterious Madame and others are at work in the shadows orchestrating things that affect everyone’s lives.
As I said earlier, the plot on this one was loaded with action and suspense which I loved. The pace moved along pretty good. I enjoyed the reveals about the bad guys’ plottings. Jessica and Travis were key figures that the good guys had to protect and the bad guys take out for the opposing people to get their victories. The murder plot in the contemporary time just made things even more exciting.
As to the romance and characters of Jessica and Travis, I really liked it for the most part. They were both so stubborn and unwilling to see the other’s perspective at times that I got frustrated. And there was a period where denial of feelings caused stupid setbacks for them, but fortunately they had Sophie and Jamie around to knock some sense into their heads. I suppose all the conflict leading up to the resolve just made the resolve that much sweeter.
It was fun to get a peek in with everyone else as they all played a big part in the story including Crow and Shaye in the future. Looking forward to what comes next.
This book and the series it is part of would appeal to those who enjoy sweeter romances in a time-travel situation that is spent mostly in the American Civil War era.
My thanks to the author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review thoughts.
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