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Lovespell, Nov 2001, 5.50, 360 pp.
ISBN: 0505524635

    At the Drexel Cemetery in the Wyoming mountains, the three James sisters sing Christian songs at the burial of local witch Yolanda D'Arcy. No one else, including the caretaker, Digger Phelps, attends the ceremony. Soon a fog comes out of nowhere and engulfs the threesome. Fifth grade school teacher Bethany James quickly realizes that she is no longer in modern day Wyoming, but quickly learns that instead is in 1895 Juneau, Alaska without her two siblings to accompany her.
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    Architect Matthew Gray grieves the loss of his father when Bethany lands at his feet. Matthew, who believes someone is sabotaging his family's mining operation, wonders what to do with this bewildered witch, who soon takes over the local teaching position. As they fall in love, will Bethany be able to make the commitment to Matthew; an emotion she never could do in what was her birth decade.

    The second River of Time tale is an engaging time travel romance that will excite the audience with its insightful look at the gay nineties in Alaska. As with the lead female in the first novel (ALICIA'S SONG), Bethany adapts too easily to a less technological era. Still the audience will admire her courage to overcome her demons (from a car accident that injured her and killed her parents) to find love with Matthew. BETHANY'S SONG is a winner that will leave sub-genre fans wanting to quantum leap into the future to read the concluding tale starring Caitlin.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   from another time Time Travel    -   Yes Type of time travel    -   present to past

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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