||October 26, 2009
In the essence of time, few things are constant. However, two virtues remain steadfast, vengeance and love. One born of the other takes centuries to unravel and peace is nothing more than a tinge of silver lining the gray fog.
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Meet the characters of Mystic Journey.
Lady Serena Willard never expected to fall in love with the wrong man. Nonetheless, she did and for such a tragic mistake, she faces the gallows alone, for the crime of witchcraft, under King Henry VIII rule.
Sir Gavin Boydington faces a bleak future without the love of his life. Executed for crimes she did not commit, Gavin learns the horrific details of her last months…alone. Distraught by his loss, and his regret of holding his feelings inside, he succumbs to his sorrow and seduces his ladylove’s best friend. Knowing his honor is at stake, he marries her, and then dedicates his life to spy for King and country. No life is worth living without Serena by his side.
Detective Drake Boyd finally gets his man. Months of surveillance pay off at an abandoned warehouse. Armed with his weapon and a warrant, Drake at long last has the final word. Shot by the sneaky perpetrator, Drake falls to his injuries before his peace is spoken. He wakes up inside a misty world. Echoes of his past blend with the sounds of his present in broken pieces of memories. The mystical call of a lady on a rock beckons him to her. He finds himself in another time to play a part in something he can’t understand. He must right a wrong…but whose right and whose wrong?
Doctor Sabine Williams is plagued by recurring nightmares; images of a gallows, an injured knight in blue, and an angry mob torment her. Her dreams leave her helpless and alone, until reality blurs with her dreams and a face she knows in her sleep appears in life. The man who haunts her dreams is none other than her gunshot police officer, who came into her life a mere two days ago. Dreams become more than images when he makes love to her in a time of valiant knights and virtuous ladies.
“Doctor Williams, Dr. Sabine Williams, you’re needed in emergency room two stat. Doctor Sabine Williams, you’re needed in emergency stat.”
With no more time to consider her dreams, Sabine jumped out of bed, grabbed her stethoscope, and pushed her feet into her shoes. She ran out the door —back to work.
“What do we got people?” Sabine asked. She didn’t wait for a reply but walked straight to the patient stretched out on the gurney. The emergency room staff and paramedics continued their tasks as they explained the patient’s obvious injuries.
“Officer Drake Boyd, gun shot wound to the head and right leg.”
Looking at the still figure on the gurney, the amount of blood he lost caused Sabine to wonder if her patient would make it. A bandage covered one side of his face. Blood soaked through the layers. She took her penlight from her lab coat and flashed it in his eyes. Hazel eyes. A feeling of awareness came over her.
A coincidence? Maybe, a left over effect of her dream. She tucked the sentiment back in her mind and continued her assessment. She would deal with dream analysis later. “Pupils are fixed and dilated, non-responsive. Blood pressure?”
“110/30 and holding,” stated the young nurse who assisted Sabine.
“Who is the neurosurgeon on call?”
Sabine eased the bandage off the patient’s head. She lifted the sheet to cover the wound from debris. Using her finger, she assessed the size of the protrusion, the depth of the wound, and found the lodged bullet under a blood filled mass. His swollen brain tissue disfigured the left side of his skull and forehead.
“Doctor Green,” The young finished her assessment of Drake before she answered Sabine’s question.
The patient’s head moved, uncovering his face, and Sabine froze. The unconscious patient looked familiar. With trembling fingers, she picked up the sheet that covered his body. Blood soaked the dark blue polo shirt of his uniform. Her mind blanked out of everything but her patient. She knew this man, she was sure of it. His identity evaded her memory, but somewhere in the recesses of her mind, she would place this man’s face and remember his name.
A ray of hope brightened her spirits. If he would hold on long enough to get him into surgery with Dustin, he may have a chance. “Call him. We’re sending this patient up, now, ETA two minutes.”
Sabine unlocked the gurney and began to roll it out of the room.
“He’s crashing, Doctor Williams!” the young nurse alerted her.
Sabine’s ray of hope grew dim. She locked the gurney wheels in place and administered CPR. “One thousand one, one thousand two…”
“Move Doctor Williams, let me at him.”
Someone pushed Sabine away from the patient. She turned and saw Alex Cord step beside her.
The strength in Alec’s large hands and shoulders pushed against her patient’s chest cavity. Relieved of the added muscle, she knew he could help keep her patient alive until she got him to the operating rooms.
”Start wheeling him down,” Alex demanded of the staff.
Sabine jumped on the other side of the gurney; the staff unlocked its wheels and rolled him to the OR. Sabine opened his eyelids with gentle pressure, and with her penlight, she flashed his eyes again.
“You can’t die on me Drake. You have to stay with me. I need you…”
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Officer Drake Boyd is on an undercover mission that sends him to the hospital. While recovering from a shot in the right leg and head, he finds himself being transported to a different period in time.
Dr. Sabine Williams has a dream she cannot forget. Over the years it has troubled her until Drake lands in the emergency room while she is on duty. Could this possibly be the man to make an input on her life?
Lady Serena Willard is about to be hanged for practicing witchcraft. The thought of dying this way is like a sharp dagger to her heart. Once the deed is over, and her life finished, for some reason she still sees the crowd before her. Drake happens to be her destiny, but he has no idea his part of another life has captured control of his body after his serious injury. While in a coma, he experiences a whole different era where he bears a strong resemblance to Sir Gavin Boydington. It is up to Drake to find a way to bring the two lost souls of Serena and Gavin together. While Sabine desperately tries to restore Drake back to his life again, can Drake find the connection that binds Sabine and Serene together?
Mystic Journey is a hands-on captivating read. I liked the contrast of Drake going into the past and connecting with Gavin. I love how Sabine gives Drake compassionate and loving care during his recovery. Two different times interact to bring together a double world of pleasure and delight to the reader. Outstanding writing, with superb players that are truly unforgettable, Ronna Gage creates a masterpiece. The scenes with the witchcraft almost made me gasp, they were so life-like. This is a story that carries the reader on an incredible adventure.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Lord Gavin Boydington, Duke of Valmont, wanted nothing more than to marry Lady Serena Williard, but hadn’t the means. Lady Serena Williard was falsely accused of witchcraft and executed, her love for Lord Gavin ending with her death. Officer Drake Boyd enters a two week long coma after being gravely wounded, awakening to find an uncomfortable feeling that he somehow intimately knows his doctor. Sabine is known in the hospital for being able to heal those even the most seriously injured, but when the knight of her dreams shows up near death, she must think quickly to rescue him.
The year is 1532 and Londoners Lady Serena and Lord Gavin are madly in love. Marriage is impossible, though, until Lord Gavin receives the income from a forthcoming title; a title that he must risk his life to obtain. But while awaiting his return, Lady Serena falls prey to another woman’s jealousy and finds herself accused of witchcraft and sent to her death. Despite the tragic ending, their love remains intact and their spirits crave conclusion.
In present day Texas, Office Drake Boyd finds himself in a position no policeman ever wants to be in: a coma. As he lies in the hospital he is transported to Medieval England and is told by an ethereal woman that his presence will right past wrongs. As he maneuvers his way through the unknown surroundings he is shocked to find that the body he inhabits is none other than Lord Gavin’s. But what, exactly, is he to do, and who will be affected?
Sabine has dreamed of her knight in shining armor so often that she could draw his likeness while blindfolded. When the victim that rolls into her emergency room one night is none other than him, she sets her focus into healing him. Will he awaken, and if so, what then?
MYSTIC JOURNEY is a great addition to any library where the owner wants to combine old and new world romance. With extraordinary language and scenery Gage impressively twines together present day Texas with historic London. The drama in all four character’s lives and Drake’s ability to change their fates can be felt in every corner of the page. Sabine’s desire to heal Drake comes through with such force that you will want to help her in her quest. You will crave the answers to why Drake is transported and what he must do to succeed, and won’t be able to stop reading until you receive answers.
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In 1532, Lady Serena Willard was hanged for practicing the black art of witchcraft. Her healing abilities and skill with herbs were used against her during the trial - by the same villagers she had healed previously. Lady Serena’s family was well-respected in the community, and it seemed strange that she would have been accused of this practice, but the court was not obligated to reveal the name of her accuser. Still protesting her innocence, Lady Serena was executed, but her spirit lived on.
Drake Boyd, a vice cop in Texas, was on a stakeout with two other officers when they were discovered by the drug dealers they were observing. Suddenly, gunfire rang out, and Drake was shot in the leg. As he returned fire, Drake realized his head felt numb, his senses foggy, and then…nothing.
Dr. Sabine Williams jolted awake from a nightmare in which a man had been badly wounded by gunshots. Such wounds were nothing new to an emergency room physician, but this dream had been so real, so vivid, that Sabine had difficulty calming down. Before she completely caught her breath, her pager went off, requesting her presence in the emergency room. The paramedics brought in a wounded police officer, Drake Boyd, with a gunshot wound to the head, and Sabine is stunned at his resemblance to the man in her dream.
I adore history and time travel so I was initially excited to read this book. After reading it, I was disappointed. While I enjoyed the descriptions of life in Lady Serena’s time, the storyline felt contrived. Drake’s hobby just happens to be medieval role play and sword fighting and he just happens to be in a coma when he sees the mysterious woman on the beach. Lady Serena appears to Drake, who just happens to look like her betrothed, Sir Gavin, so he can help her clear her name. Dr. Williams just happened to have a disturbing dream about a wounded man, and then the man she saw in her dream just happened to be brought into the emergency room with life-threatening injuries. I would have liked to see coincidences that weren’t so obvious and I would have liked to learn more about Drake as Drake, not as Drake in Gavin’s form. The journey the characters were on was truly mystic…and sometimes confusing for the reader.
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