Jaylyn Withers had been abandoned in the middle of nowhere. How could Hugh, her fiancé –no, EX-fiancé- bring her to the horrible old mess of a house, miles from Manhattan, and then leave her for someone else? She supported his dreams of being lord of the manor, and followed along when he bought the old Virginia plantation, but the reality of living with no electricity or running water became too much, and he dumped Jaylyn for his boss’ daughter, leaving Jaylyn stuck with no money and no way to get home. Two months of mourning what she had lost was wearing on Jaylyn, and she decided she would sell the house, take the money, and head straight back to New York without so much as a glance behind her.
Eli Jacobs has loved the old house for as long as he could remember, and swallowing his pride, Eli goes to Jaylyn and asks for a job working the land. Beginning to see the plantation through Eli’s eyes, Jaylyn agrees, and the two of them work together to get the property back into shape. Unfortunately, Hugh and the local real estate agent, Mrs. Danvers, are determined to gain ownership of the land so they can sell to a development company. Jaylyn and Eli must fight together to preserve the house and the memories of the previous owners, a young couple whose love was torn apart by the Civil War.
I am a huge fan of all things time-travel, and this book had several twists that kept me interested. At first, Jaylyn struck me as a real wimp, a helpless female who wanted nothing more than a man to take care of her, but as the story progressed, she grew into a strong and capable woman, with Eli’s love and support backing her. Hugh was a jerk all the way around, no denying it, and it was easy to see how Jaylyn, with all her insecurities, could fall under his spell, though I applauded her when she finally broke free. Eli’s strength and dignity was admirable, and his determination to gain ownership of the house he loved was wonderful. This was a fun book to read, and I loved the style in the ending – it was definitely unexpected.
File Size: 377 KB; 291 pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books (January 1, 2011)
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