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From Publishers Weekly

Bogged down with Gay Nineties descriptions, tired characterizations and wearisome dialogue, Riley's latest time-travel romance (after Timeswept Bride) revolves around stage-shy Bella De La Rosa, a modern-day opera singer who spirals back to 1896. There she confronts the living version of tenor Jacques LeFevre, whose ghost has been haunting the opera house since his murder. Bella accepts her unexpected trip to the 19th century without a peep of protest, figuring she's there to find LeFevre's murderer and will eventually be returned to her own time. What she doesn't know is that her destiny lies in the past, singing as a diva with LeFevre. But she can be successful only if she overcomes her fear of the theater and saves the man she loves. Flaws abound in this tale, but the coup de grace comes with an ending so implausible as to border on the ridiculous.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Bella De La Rosa is meant to sing opera on the stage but she has a huge problem, Bella suffers from stage fright. In an effort to overcome her fear, Bella auditions for the chorus at the St. Charles Opera House in New Orleans which is said to be haunted by the phantom ghost of Jacques LeFevre, a womanizing rogue who was supposedly murdered almost 100 years ago. Jacques' ghost appears to Bella several times and she is intrigued by the handsome man. During a performance the kaleidoscope swirls it's light and Bella becomes dizzy, and then finds herself 100 years in the past! Bella, dressed in a Valkyrie costume, lands on the same stage where Jacques is singing a song from Carmen, but it is 1896. Jacques LeFerve is immediately appreciative of Bella's beauty, and he is in awe of her exquisite soprano voice. Jacques is set on claiming Bella as his own and she cannot resist his charm for long. But at a crucial time, Bella gets caught in the kaleidoscope lights and is sent to the present. Every time she distances herself emotionally from Jacques, she returns to 1996. Her ailing grandmother tells Bella that she must face her love for Jacques and the opera; Jacques tells Bella that she is meant to be his and to sing, that is her destiny. Bella worries that Jacques loves her voice more than he loves her, and she also worries that she could be the cause of his death. A little more research while in the present confirms that Jacques was in love with the mysterious Bella, who disappeared after he was murdered. Bella is not sure if she can save Jacques, or even return to him in the past, but she tries. While on stage again, the kaleidoscope lights swirl and she feels dizzy. Bella is on her way back and just as she lands on the stage, she sees someone throwing a knife at Jacques. This time, Bella is the phantom in time, but she is not a ghost. Can Bella save Jacques? Can Bella fulfill her destiny to love Jacques and sing on stage? And who is the real Phantom In Time? Bella goes from present to past several times with a lot more happening in the story. I became a little frustrated as every song that is performed in the present or past is mentioned by title and I found that to be a bit tedious. Aside from that, I found it a great time-travel.Phantom In Time is a wonderful time travel that is sure to delight fans of this genre, and even those who are not! A terrific story that really moves quickly! Transcends time, too! This time travel romance is sure to entertain! Good story, great characters and a unique way to travel in time! Eugenia Riley is a writing talent for all times!Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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  • File Size: 3152 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F2HRKW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eugenia Riley is the award-winning, bestselling author of dozens of historical, contemporary and time-travel romances. She has written for publishers including Avon, Bantam, Warner, Harlequin, and Dorchester. She recently launched her own e-book imprint, Eugenia Riley Classics.

Eugenia is most renowned for her nine time-travel romances. She is a #1 Bestselling Author in Time Travel Romance at Amazon and Kindle, with titles including: TEMPEST IN TIME; BUSHWHACKED BRIDE; BUSHWHACKED GROOM; TIMESWEPT BABY; and TWO HEARTS IN TIME. Eugenia is also a #1 Bestselling Author in Victorian and Paranormal Ghost Romance at Kindle for her paranormal romance THE PHANTOM OF THE BATHTUB.

Also available in Kindle from Eugenia are: A TRYST IN TIME; TIMESWEPT BRIDE; WALTZ IN TIME; WANTED ACROSS TIME; PHANTOM IN TIME; EMBERS OF TIME; MISSISSIPPI MADNESS; A CHRISTMAS IN TIME; CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL; and LOVERS AND OTHER LUNATICS. Eugenia's WALTZ IN TIME won her the 1998 HOLT Medallion for Best Book with a Southern Theme. She has received thousands of fan letters on her romance novels, from locations all over the world.

Eugenia lives in Texas with her husband; they have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Readers are invited to visit Eugenia's website - - and to follow Eugenia Riley Classics on Facebook:

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on December 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few years ago when I was in college; as a voice major I may have found it more interesting than someone who is not an opera enthusiast. The story is a bit see-through and the love scenes are very typical, but it's a great story to cozy up with on a rainy day when you have nothing to do. Sure it's unrealistic, but what romance novel isn't?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kean VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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As a romance, the seasoned, womanizing hero is pretty typical, as is the virginal heroine. For her to be chaste at her age in 21st C America is a greater accomplishment. Her stage fright as an opera singer is one reason I chose to read this novel (my daughter at 16 refused to perform in spite of her talent for opera). The ghost, the carousel chandelier, the time travel kept me turning pages. New Orleans opera in the days of horse and carriage - beautiful, atmospheric! - but the detailed descriptions had me skipping paragraphs. Other readers might be more interested in the wallpaper, curtains and furniture.

My biggest objection to the novel wasn't that it's too long (it is!) or too full of the cliches of the romance genre (it is), but that the time travel aspects, in the end, really didn't make sense. The surprise at the end had me shaking my head. No way.

As romances go, it's a fun read. As paranormals or time travel novels go, it's still fun, but the lack of plausibility left me groaning.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra J Smith on May 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wow! I just finished this book this morning, and what a good one

it was. It was my 4th Eugenia Riley book, and she has yet to

disappoint me.

I was amazed by all the time travel in the book. Bella goes to

1896, not once, not twice, not three, but FOUR times, and believe

it or not, it makes perfect sense with the plot each & every time.

The first time she was propelled back to 1996, I was shocked, but

once I saw where Ms. Riley was going with her plot, I totally understood.

Bella is a woman unsure of singing capabilities, preferring to

not be in the limelight, to be a part of the chorus. If she has

to do a trio or a duet, it is too close to a solo for her & she

panics. She loves her grandmother in 1996, but is torn between

being able to sing a solo for her, and her attraction to Jacques

in 1896.

Jacques is a tenor of the highest order. He is just as well known for his womanizing ways, infamous for it, in fact. When

Bella enters his life (maybe I should say 'each time she reappears in his life), he is certain that she is the one who

will fulfill his destiny, to both be his bride and to sing

solos with him around the world.

In 1996, Bella is aware, due to her research, that Jacques is

murdered in 1896. Each time she comes back to 1996, she finds

out more information in order to try to stave off his impending


The book got a little hairy for awhile, when it looked like

Jacques was going to follow her into 1996.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love2Read on August 27, 2014
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I'm a fan of time-travel books but this one was just OK. I was first interested in this book because Phantom of the Opera is one of my all time favorite books but this one doesn't even compare so I won't even try to make the correlation between the two.

Even though this story is actually pretty interesting I wasn't able to really relate to either of the characters. I didn't find either one of the main characters likeable and found the story to be a bit confusing at times. There were instances where I had to go back and re-read paragraphs because something seemed a bit out of place.

I really wanted to like this book but found the whole thing kind of flat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Zakis on March 16, 2013
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Engaging. Liked the time travel and the period change descriptions. The love scenes were well written. I have purchased more from the same author.
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Bella De La Rosa is met by the famous ghost of the St. Charles Opera House the moment she steps on stage...and he sets her heart to racing. After her audition, the director asks her how she got into the opera house before they arrived. She told them Mr. Usher let her in and they all start laughing. The director tells her Mr. Usher has been dead for many years. Bella is shocked, two ghosts in the same day, but only one had any effect on her, the ghost of Jacques LeFerve.

Bella has a beautiful voice, but stage fright keeps her from showcasing her talent. Therefore, she always gets the part of a chorus girl. As she was entering the stage for a scene one night, the motion of the kaleidoscope makes her dizzy and all of the sudden, she's standing on the same stage, a hundred years in the past, staring at an audience of people in Victorian clothing! Just when she catches a glimpse of Jacques LeFerve in the flesh, she is transported back to her own time.

Bella tells her ailing grandma about her experience the night before. to her surprise, Gran believes her and tells her to follow her destiny. The following night, while Bella was heading to the stage dressed in a Valkyrie costume, she is struck by the dizziness again. When she opens her eyes, she is standing on the other stage, in 1896. Jacques LeFerve is performing, but when he sees Bella, he stops singing for a moment, mesmerized by her appearance. This time, Bella doesn't know when she'll return to the present. She deals with the sadness of missing Gran, but at the same time, she seems to be falling for Jacques. As she tries to solve the mystery of who killed Jacques on August 4, 1896, she realizes she needs to save his life, not just for him, but for also for herself.
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