Lovespell, Nov 2001, 5.50, 360 pp.
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.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner