by Sherry Lewis

April 2003
ISBN: 0-515-13366-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

ONLY TIME WILL TELL is a time travel romance that takes place in the old Frontier during the Gold Rush days. Ms. Lewis writing strength is bringing out her characters and showing their internal struggles, and how they learn to grow through the story.

Courtney Moss has returned to Virginia City, Montana several weeks after the death of her grandmother. Her mother had abandoned her when she was a child and left her with the old woman who resented her and never showed her love. Cleaning out her grandmother’s house, Courtney finds an old nineteenth century ball gown in the attic. Convinced by a friend to wear it to an upcoming Victorian Ball, Courtney agrees --- never realizing that it will change her life forever. At the ball, Courtney is accidentally locked in the gym. When she’s rescued, the gym has turned into an old shed --- and she’s now in the year 1864.

Heath Sullivan thinks the woman he’s just rescued is absolutely crazy. She talks about the future and keeps insisting she wants to “go home”. Although they take an instant dislike, an immediate distrust of the other, they both share something in common. Courtney carries emotional baggage from a love-less childhood that left her believing love doesn’t exist. Heath is scarred too, and doesn’t believe that he deserves love. Courtney desperately wants to return to the future where she’s completely in control of her life; and she misses all the comforts the future has. Heath wants to straighten out his life and finally be at peace with it all. Together, they learn trust, faith, unity, and that love is stronger than anything else.

Although a bit weak on the conflict side, the characterization of hero and heroine was well portrayed. The time travel aspect wasn’t fully integrated enough into the story, but didn’t really deter from the plot itself. All in all, a good afternoon read.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Kari.

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