This was everything I would tell you wasn’t my favorite genre and yet…I couldn’t put the book down. I think aside from this being well-written and very clear, part of the reason might have been the history, which I enjoyed, and the small amount of romance, meaning not lots. Its genre is listed as New Adult, Time Travel, Romance. Would I have listed it this way, probably not. You’re going to ask how I would classify it, at least I hope you are. I think I’d say it was a historical romance with very little paranormal. There were even some very suspenseful moments. Any romantic moments were sweet and enjoyable. It’s a page turner for sure.
Now, having said all that, what is this book about. It’s about family. It’s about being afraid of old houses and dark closets. Many of us can identify with that at some time in our lives. It’s also about modern times and Civil War times all sort of rolled into one story. As I said, always clear, always somehow almost believable. I’m not sure how Beth Trissel got very practical, very black and white me, to say that it was almost believable in my review, but she did and it was:) Somehow the story held my interest so much that I didn’t even think about what could and couldn’t be.
So, what you have to read here is a fast paced, interesting story. An easy to read book with an excellent sort of flow that makes it even more enjoyable.
Beth Trissel has a lot of books under her belt. All of which have 4- or 5-star ratings. I must have good taste:)
Read an excerpt...
“They brought the draft back?” This was it. She had officially lost her mind.
“It never went away. Where have you been, miss? More to the point, who are you?” His gruff demand
stirred the hair at her cheek.
She tilted her face at him. Only the barest outline of his strong features was visible, and yet… Man, was he hot. Focus Evie. “I told you. I’m Evie McIntyre. I live here with my grandmother. Didn’t you realize?”
“That so? I don’t suppose you would be a spy in a Mennonite house. Still. Never know. I best get a good look at you.”
“Who would I be spying for?”
“Rebs. Neither side wishes me well. I’m in no man’s land.”
Her heart drummed wildly. “Where does that leave me?”
“That’s the question, isn’t it?” He steadied Evie on her feet.
Was it? She had no idea what was going on and watched dazedly as he took something from the leather
pouch hanging over his shoulder. “What’s that?”
He’d lost her again. There must be a powerful resistance movement at work. She didn’t follow
politics. Maybe she should. Had matters come to an explosive head tonight? Why hadn’t her grandmother said something?
He drew what resembled matches from a small metal container and struck one. Sulphurous sparks
added pungency to the room. He lit the stubby candle in a tin lantern on an end table. Shadows danced from the pale taper glowing through the punches in the metal. Pretty, how the light made patterns on the ceiling.
Wait. Where had that lantern come from?
The stained-glass lamp Grandma G. treasured was just there before she went to bed. Dear God in heaven. What had happened to the room?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of her inspiration. She's especially drawn to colonial America, the drama of the American Revolution, and the Civil War. And she loves a good ghost story. She writes Young Adult, New Adult, historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction. Secret Lady (Ladies in Time) was based events that occurred to her ancestors and her husband’s Mennonite forebears during the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.
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