||Jan 1 2003
Available from Eternal Press
Sisters in Time is a time-travel romance between 1872 and 2002 in Denver Colorado. Meet Mariah, a pioneer woman, who works side by side with her husband Frank on their Rocking C Ranch, and Taylor Morgan, a fast-paced modern-day attorney who has trouble finding time in her busy life for her husband, David. Will Mariah and Taylor learn a lesson from their trip into another era?
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Mariah sat on the front porch and watched her handsome husband, Frank, ride through the gate. The large Rocking C, the ranch’s emblem, cast a shadow across his face as he rode beneath it. His slender, yet muscled thighs, gripped the flanks of his huffing, black stallion and his hat was cocked rakishly to the side. He rode to the barn, dismounted and handed the reins of his horse to one of the hired hands. Frank dusted himself off, turned and walked to the porch. “Good morning, sleepyhead.”
“Good morning. You were up bright and early. Would you like some breakfast?”
“No thanks. I already ate with the ranch hands, but...I might be interested in something else.”
Frank’s suggestive innuendo embarrassed Mariah, even after seventeen years of marriage. Just a wink of one of his heavy-lashed, blue eyes made her heart flutter, but her desire for lovemaking would never equal his. She worried about Frank leaving her to find satisfaction in the arms of someone else. She loved being held by him, but beyond that her inhibitions got in the way of letting herself feel free. Her mother had planted such deep-seeded inhibitions within Mariah that nudity made her uncomfortable.
If only I could be as comfortable with my body as Frank is with his. Would he be happier with someone else? He deserves a woman with passion to equal his own.
“Mariah, did you hear me?” Frank asked.
“Oh, Frank, hush. The children will hear you.”
Lost in thought, Taylor sat at her large mahogany desk and stared at the stacks of files before her. Did I even remember to kiss David before I left? It seemed she was always in a hurry these days. Rushing to put on make-up, darting out the door, working late, and barely finding time for her husband. Something had to change. She didn’t want a repeat of the argument she and David had had last night.
The thud of David’s fists on the dining room table echoed in her head. When David expressed his frustration, her body trembled much the same as the silverware had. She had never seen him so angry. His words had cut through her like a knife.
“We’re like ships passing in the night. All we do is work, eat and sleep. You’re so busy with your job that that’s all you think about. You don’t cook, you don’t clean...good God, we only make love on your schedule, never mine. What if I don’t want to wait five years to have children?”
The thought of having a child made Taylor shudder. I worked so hard to get where I am. I can’t give it up now. But what about David? Doesn’t he have a right to have the family he wants? What if he isn’t willing to hang around until I say the time is right?
If only there was a way to compromise. Taylor needed to make David a priority if she wanted to save her marriage. She decided she’d leave work early, go home and make dinner. A few candles, a bottle of wine. David would be pleasantly surprised.
She picked the most pressing files from her desk and threw them into her briefcase. I’ll peruse these while I cook dinner. She grabbed her suit jacket from the back of her chair, slung it over her shoulder, and was almost to the door when the urgent buzzing of her intercom summoned her back. “Yes?”
Her secretary responded, “Ms. Morgan, Mr. Abernathy requests that you join him in the conference room right away. The senior partners have called an emergency meeting.
“I’ll be right there.” Taylor dropped her briefcase back on the desk. Straightening her collar and smoothing her skirt, she took a deep breath. Maybe tomorrow, David, maybe tomorrow.
In the Library - Sharyn McGinty
What would you do if you were thrown back in time, into the body of someone else but retained all your memories and personality? How would you cope or would you?
Mariah Cassidy had a good life. She was married to a husband (Frank) she loved, had two wonderful children and their ranch was flourishing. The only thing truly bothering her was her own lack of reaction to sex. She enjoyed, but was always careful not to enjoy it too much, thanks to her very prim upbringing. All in all, she was a proper woman of 1872.
Taylor Morgan was a successful attorney with a loving husband. They had a great life together, except for the fact her husband David kept pushing to have children. That and she was always running late despite her efforts to the contrary. A thoroughly modern woman nothing in her life prepared her for the accident.
While on a trip into town with her husband Frank and their children, Mariah is thrown from the wagon after rattlesnakes spook the horses. A flash of lightening strikes the ground, but Mariah seems unharmed, just unconscious. Meanwhile at the same exact moment in the year 2002, Taylor is driving home during a rainstorm. She bends over to adjust the radio and is a car accident and the same odd flash of lightening appears. She is rushed to the hospital, uninjured but unconscious.
Several weeks later, Mariah wakes up and finds herself in a strange room with strange people calling her Ms. Morgan. She's utterly confused. Her name is Mariah, not Taylor. To make matters worse, her physical appearance is just like this Taylor's, but her memories all belong to the person she is: Mariah. How can she convince people she's who she says she is? As time passes, she is assaulted by questions. Is she really Mariah or is she Taylor? If she is Mariah, how will she ever return to her own time and is it even possible?
Waking up in an old-fashioned house was bad enough. Having some good-looking man claim he was her husband and learning she had two children was even worse. Why couldn't these people believe her when she said her name was Taylor Morgan and she lived in the year 2002? She may look like Mariah but that wasn't who she was and truth be told, she didn't want to be Mariah. Granted, it would be nice to be attracted to Frank without feeling disloyal to her real husband David Morgan. Taylor didn't know what she was going to do or how she would get home.
What an unbelievablely wonderful story. Sisters in Time is the most remarkable time travel novel I have ever read. Here are two very different women, stuck in time periods completely alien to them, trying to adjust to life in another time, remain true to themselves and the men they love. Mariah and Taylor have strength of character not often seen in many time travel stories. They had plenty of chances to give up and accept the new lives they found themselves in but they didn't. They held steadfast to the belief, the knowledge they were Mariah and Taylor, and even when things became extremely rough, they reacted as Mariah and Taylor.
This is the first novel I have ever read by Ginger Simpson and it will certainly not be the last. Sisters in Time is going straight on my keeper shelf and I would advise you not to miss this spectacular novel.
Romance Junkies - Teresa Henson
2002, Denver, Colorado
Taylor Morgan is a career woman and so busy with her position in the legal department of the corporation she works for that she’s been neglecting her husband, David. They have been arguing about that a lot lately, but she is even too busy for that most days. She wishes she could reach a compromise, and promises herself to pay more attention to her marriage, but when work calls, she jumps.
Today is a special day for the Cassidy family—they are making a trip to town. A three-hour trip by wagon, they don’t often get to go. Everyone is excited, and planning on what they’d like to buy while there. Part way there, they have to make a stop, and when they restart it disturbs some snakes, which cause the horses to bolt. When the wagon overturns, sending the passengers flying, Frank is concerned for his family—especially when he can’t find Mariah. An unusual bolt of lightning draws his attention, and he follows the smoke left in its wake to find his wife. Her head had hit a rock, and she is unconscious.
Taylor Morgan was running late, as usual. She is representing a big corporation in an acquisition merger, and the meeting can’t start without her. She rushed out of her apartment so fast she can’t even remember if she kissed her husband goodbye. Cursing the heavy traffic, a habit David hates, she starts darting in and out of the traffic flow. When static interferes with her radio station, she curses her luck; she doesn’t need rain now! A single bolt of lightning striking and the screech of tires is the last thing she hears.
Imagine yourself waking up in the wrong time. Mariah wakes up in a strange place, full of strange, and new things she cannot begin to comprehend! And everyone is calling her the wrong name; she is Mariah, not Taylor! She misses her husband and children, and wants to go home desperately. But David doesn’t believe she’s not Taylor, even though she can do things Taylor couldn’t—like cook! He pressures her into making love, but she just can’t do it; it wouldn’t be right. She experiences miracles she can’t wait to go home and tell her family about—things like riding in a car, refrigerators, riding in an airplane. IF she ever gets to go back home!
Taylor wakes up to find herself in a home with no conveniences whatsoever. Intensely annoyed that no one will call her a cab or let her use a telephone, it takes a lot of convincing for her to believe she isn’t in her time. Frank and the children are hurt that she is so hateful and says she has no children. They don’t understand what happened to her—she looks the same! She gives in to Frank’s pleas to make love, after all she does find him attractive; but she realizes that what she really wants is to go home to David. She swears she would do things different if she could just go back.
SISTERS IN TIME was a truly delightful look at what "might" happen if time travel was possible! Mariah and Taylor are two totally different types of people who came completely alive for me during the reading of this story. Frank, David, and the rest of the secondary characters were excellent and believable in the way they handled themselves during this confusing time. All of them had different personality quirks and foibles and it was interesting to see them interact with each other, and the differences in "time." A great blend of contemporary, historical, and time-travel, Ms. Simpson shows her talent for reeling in the reader’s attention, no matter what the genre! I have read all her books so far, and I feel that she is an author that bears watching for future books!
Road to Romance - Tracey West
Denver, Colorado, 2002
Taylor Morgan has been married five years to David, is successful at her job, what more could she ask for? Taylor and David don’t see eye to eye on much these days. David wants Taylor to have more time for him and maybe have a child. But Taylor is too focused on her job and doesn’t think the time is right to have children. Taylor’s life goes through a drastic change when she is in a car accident. Taylor and David’s lives will never be the same.
Colorado Territory, 1872
Mariah Cassidy loves her husband Frank and their two children very much. Life has been good to the Cassidy family and Mariah can’t imagine life without them. But on the day they are traveling by wagon to the nearest town for supplies, their lives change forever when they encounter rattlesnakes that spook the horses and Mariah is thrown from the wagon.
Two very different women and two very different times. Will Taylor and Mariah discover who they truly are when they are thrust into worlds that are completely puzzling to them? Will Mariah and Taylor ever make it back to their rightful homes and families again?
Stunning is just about the only word I can come up with to describe SISTERS IN TIME by Ginger Simpson. This story flows with such ease and comfort that the reader has no problems following along and is captivated by everything in this story. Mariah and Taylor are two different women who learn so much about themselves and the reader can at times really identify with each of them. Ms. Simpson writes this captivating and mildly suspenseful tale with sharp and precise depictions of the times in late 1800s and does it with class. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish. I was riveted throughout and could not stop reading it once I began. SISTERS IN TIME comes highly recommended. One has to read it to believe it!
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