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An OB-GYN doctor unwittingly travels into the 18th century to help a young woman, accused of witchcraft, give birth to her illegitimate child. To keep her safe from her accuser as much as from her wild pirate lover, the doctor stays in the past and marries the bewitching girl. First part of a historical novel based partially on actual events.
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The review of this Book prepared by Regina Pounds

Dr. Angus McPherson, modern OB/GYN dr. on Cape Cod, MA, goes to deliver a baby in the middle of a storm. On the way, he is summoned by a man in a field, who begs him to come to save the life of his daughter and her newly-born baby. Dr. Angus wanders across the field--and across time--to 1713 to make the strangest HOUSE CALL TO THE PAST any dr. has ever made. He then decides to stay to protect his new patient, Maria Hallett, who has been accused of witchcraft. Together, they build a life, although Maria vows she will never love anyone but Black Sam Bellamy, the pirate who is the father of her child.
Great interaction between the two main characters, with time binding them together in spite of its difference. The sparring is fit for the boxing ring, but the lovemaking that eventually ensues is fuel for a raging inferno.
Rich in historical detail, the reader is drawn back in time as if they were living it themselves. Such fun things as an exorcism (complete with a black cat) appear.
Both Maria Hallett and Black Sam Bellamy were real historical characters. In fact, Maria was an ancestor of the author. Black Sam's pirate ship, the Whydah, was discovered by Barry Clifford and his expedition just five years ago. For more on this, check out the site for the Whydah Museum.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men Struggling with whom?    -   Uncle If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Time Travel    -   Yes Type of time travel    -   present to past Who seduces whom?    -   man seducing woman Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   doctor Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant    -   sensitive    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:    -   is very quick    -   mind reading    -   can cast all sorts of spells Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   a better lover    -   wild    -   less bitchy/arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60%    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   spanking that woman comes to like How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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