Jove, Sep 2001, 5.99, 293 pp.
In 1889 Black Mesa, Colorado, Sam Evans knows it is time to leave the ranch to his brother and move on because the woman he loves married someone else. Though it hurts, he knows that Kurt and Olivia belong together even if the former swears he comes from another century. Still, before fleeing the area, Sam feels obligated to help Kurt in this showdown with the Durant crowd.
However, something strange occurs and the next thing Sam knows is he is dodging strange wagons with lights on a paved road and a pip-squeak deputy asking the ridiculous question of why a loaded gun. He soon learns the Heartbreak Hill, Montana sheriff's department has arrested him.
Single parent Taylor O'Brien has a reelection campaign to run if she wants to remain the sheriff. She does not need some weird stranger claiming he is from 1899 to mess up her life even if she finds him stirring her blood. He finds her just as attractive. However, both know love hurts and fear his return to his time, making a permanent relationship seems not destined to happen.
One of the best at the time travel romance, Sherry Lewis brings back a secondary character from her popular WHISPERS THROUGH TIME novel to star in this tale. Sam is a warm wonderful hero with a strong sense of honor while Taylor shares his qualities as she places duty ahead of reelection (perhaps many of our Congress could learn that lesson). The story line is fun though Sam adjusts too easily to the more advance technological culture. Still the audience will feel elated that he gains the woman this time.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner