Touched By Time
by Leanne Shawler
Jane Leighton has left London for a holiday in Bath. She has had unfortunate luck in her relationships, having just discovered that her latest, Terrance, has a wife. He doesn't want to accept that Jane would end their affair.
Jane checks into a B&B and encounters the ghost of a previous owner of the B&B. Ramsay Chadwicke and his betrothed disappeared in the early nineteenth century and he has haunted the home ever since. Jane doesn't believe in ghosts but she learns that they are real.
The first time that Ramsay and Jane touch, she is transported to back to his time: the Regency. Jane will need to learn all that she can to change the past and save the man of her dreams.
Ms. Shawler doesn't attempt to minimize the difficulty of someone from current times ending up in the past. What I most enjoyed was the fact that Jane doesn't stay in the nineteenth century, she returns to her time each day. This allows her to research Ramsay's life and do what she can to change history. And we see the confusion of Ramsay's friends and servants as they puzzle over this "cousin from the country" (Jane) who appears and disappears with regularity.
Jane sees the difficulties of someone from the future living in the past; the different ways of society which trip her up on a regular basis. Ramsay has to deal with the questions of this unexpected cousin's appearance and teach Jane what she needs to go on society. And each time Jane returns to the present, she needs to adjust more and more.
Overall, I only had two complaints about the book. The appearance of Terrance in Bath proved a distraction from the main story for me, and the villain in the book was so evil as to be a caricature.
While this book won't make my keeper shelves, it was an enjoyable read and showcased a talented author who, with a little more work, could become a really good writer.
“Can ghosts from different eras effect the lives of the other?”
July 2005, 220 pages
Ramsay Chadwick has grown accustomed to the blurred ghosts that occasionally inhabit his bed. They're a minor inconvenience compared to the fact that his beautiful fiancÃ©e is flirting with another man. But the latest ”ghost” to visit his room, Miss Jane Leighton, is nothing like the others. For one thing, a single touch turns her into a flesh and blood woman…revealing substantially more flesh than would be deemed proper by the ladies of Bath. For another, this lovely, spirited creature stays in his world from dusk till dawnâ€¦and suddenly, Ramsay finds himself waiting eagerly for eveningâ€¦
Jane treated herself to a vacation in Bath to escape from relationshipsâ€¦not to play matchmaker for the most intriguing, handsome man she's ever seen. And did she happen to mention that he lived two hundred years ago, and they can only meet at night? It's a decided complicationâ€¦but falling in love is proving all too easyâ€¦and letting him go will be impossibleâ€¦