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VINE VOICEon January 29, 2007
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In Kirkinwall, Scotland, 1718, kindly Magda McClellan, is blessedly content. Eight months pregnant with her first child, she is married to Davy the man who holds her heart. Magda gives comfort and food to Auld Annie, a woman accused of witchcraft. In gratitude, Annie offers Magda one wish, only Magda is perfectly happy with her life and declines. Days later, Magda awakens from a dream where Annie tells her she knows what wish she really wants and how to grant it.

In New York City, 2002, Maggie McDonald and her husband David are waiting in a fertility clinic about to have a procedure enabling them to have the child they both desperately wanted. While waiting, a rather odd nurse named Annie came to them and promised that if they `really wished' for a baby she would make sure it happened. When Maggie awakens from the procedure, she is shocked to find herself in eighteenth century Scotland, naked in bed, very pregnant, and lying next to a very big (and naked) handsome hunk who is not her husband.

At the same time Magda is also awakening, only she is in twentieth century America in a hospital bed, and in a different body - Maggie's body - a body that is no longer pregnant and who has a husband David. Both women would have much to adjust to in their new environments and emotional crisis' to overcome before they might find their way back home.

*** Time travel stories are among my favorite stories and author Laurel Bradley has churned out an absolutely original and splendid tale with A WISH IN TIME! Culture shocks for both ladies are the least of the problems that Magda and Maggie had to learn to deal with in their new bodies when trying to figure out why this had happened and how they could go back to reclaim lives and the husbands they were both dearly in love with. For Maggie, the shock is great but in some ways easier to adapt to having an education and knowledge of how life was lived long ago. On the other hand, Magda a simple uneducated maid who was so satisfied with her simple life, was thrust into a modern age that had to terrify her. What was truly interesting here was the authors interpretation of a soul living on in different times (reincarnated and able to find their original soul mates). This worked so that Auld Annie in her zeal to grant Magda her wish, searched to find her in a different lifetime (and body) before being able to grant her wish. What Annie didn't count on was that some peoples heart's would take a bit longer to adjust to than just physical attraction. With a perfectly lovely style of writing, the author demonstrated a rare gift of keeping the focus on the characters emotions as each woman dealt with the concept of souls being switched. Not only were Maggie and Magda fashioned well as they dealt with being switched but both David and Davy were amazing in their ability to deal with losing, yet not losing the women they were in love with. This was a brilliant piece of work, being an original creative effort that had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. Bradley simply took my breath away with this captivating gem of a story of love eternal.

Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 23, 2007
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Kirkinwall, Scotland, 1718. Magda McClellan is eight months pregnant with her and Davy's first child and she couldn't be happier with her life. When Auld Annie, an obscure and wise woman, is accused of witchcraft, Maggie cannot turn away and helps her. Impressed with the young woman's generous heart, Annie offers to grant a wish in return. Being that she is happy, Maggie refuses. But when strange dreams haunt her, she cannot help but worry that Annie may indeed have some power over her.

New York, New York, 2002. Maggie McDonald and her husband, David, are in desperate want of a child. When Maggie goes in for a procedure, they meet a strange nurse that promises them a baby, if it is there wish. Maggie finds herself quite out of element when she awakens to find herself pregnant...and not in New York anymore. Who is the large man that calls her Magda, and more importantly, where is Magda? Trapped in eighteenth century Scotland, she will have to figure out how to switch her and Magda back before it's too late. Meanwhile, Magda must learn to deal with the hustle and bustle of the twenty-first century and the heavy heart that comes along with her. Both desperately search for answers, to their dilemma and their confused hearts.

A Wish in Time takes one of the most entertaining genres of romance, the time travel, and combines it with a unique plot to produce a truly moving and thought provoking story. It's the typical "we're not in Kansas" feel for both women, but how they handle their individual dilemmas is what's interesting. Maggie takes on the then primitive livelihood of Scotland with spirit and determination as she puzzles out the mystery of how she came to be there. Magda, in many ways, has much more to overcome, being brought up with an entirely different set of ideals when it comes to hearth and home. Both women will discover new sides to themselves that they never knew and learn again what is most important in their lives. I sniffled many a time over this one and loved the movement between the two time periods. The author's style changes subtly for each woman's circumstances, stark and clean for the poor Magda, then bold and fiery for Maggie, caught as she is in that tempestuous time period. It brought to mind one of my favorite authors and I dare say other fans of Barbara Delinsky will love this wonderful tale of love that spans centuries.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Two women, two men, two periods in history--A Wish in Time by Laurel Bradley brings two couples together in the quest for a child. Maggie wants a child, Magda's birthing time is almost near. Auld Annie, 18th Century witch, offers a wish to reward Magda's kindness. Magda has no need of a wish. She's happy with her life and with her loving husband, Davy.

Maggie and David, 21st Century lovers, want a baby and are willing to endure a medical procedure to accomplish it. Inexplicably, Magda and Maggie are switched, thrust into each other's lives and times.

Each woman struggles to adapt to the century she finds herself in and struggles to keep her own identity. Complicating matters are Davy and David, the husbands, and their growing attraction to the women in their lives. After all, the physical appearance is the familiar one that they've loved for years.

Double complicating the plot, each woman falls in love with the man she's living with. Why were Maggie and Magda switched? To what end? One is still ripe with unborn child, and one is still barren. Finally, Auld Annie makes an appearance in both centuries and the mysteries start to unravel to lead the way for each woman to go home.

A Wish in Time is a love story spanning centuries--love for husband, love for child, love of music and family and home. It asks a host of questions: Do you believe in reincarnation? Does the soul live on over and over in different lives? What sacrifice will you make to have your own child?

The story is simple and complex at the same time. I can't even begin to totally explain the plot or even understand all its nuances. It was fascinating, beautifully written, and suspenseful. Frankly, I had to take a peek at the end to assure myself that what I, as a writer and a reader, need to find in a book was there. I won't tell you what that is, but even knowing the ending, I couldn't put the book down. I'll invite you to read this masterful work and enjoy its journey for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

This is Laurel Bradley's debut novel, and she and iUniverse are to be applauded for giving us this book. Laurel, may you create many more worlds like this one--A Wish in Time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Fast, fun read. Well thought out characters, lovely, heartfelt story. I gave it only four stars because it's more like a short story. I really would have enjoyed it if the author expanded the story - letting us know what happened after the women were switched back to their original bodies. I wanted to see how each man responded to his wife's return (whether they truly believed in the switch or not).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2007
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Readers who enjoy romance novels, whether they are modern day or historical, will truly relish the debut novel of Laurel Bradley. A Wish in Time, the story of two women whose lives have been transposed through time, will keep you captivated from beginning to end. Bradley's sense of humor, attention to detail and charismatic writing style bring this fascinating story to life. This wonderfully-transcribed tale has the perfect blend of wit, history, intrigue and romance and is one that won't soon be forgotten.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A Wish in Time is a succinct description of the book's theme. In 1718 Scotland, Magda McClellan is offered a wish by Auld Annie. But Magda has a happy marriage, loves her husband and is eight months pregnant--her life is perfect, so she declines the wish. In present time, Maggie MacDonald and her husband are a happy couple very much in love and have all they could want-- except a child. Auld Annie appears to Maggie and her husband and says she can now grant her the wish, except they have no idea who the strange old nurse is or what she`s talking about. Maggie awakens in 1718 Scotland, in Magda's body, and Magda awakens in present time in a hospital in Maggie's body. You can imagine the emotional turmoil that ensues for the women and their husbands, but the author's gifted writing allows you to share their adventures and their ache to return home.

The author did her research, her writing is smooth, and effortlessly drew me back to 1718 Scotland. Her dialog is clever, and when writing in the past she uses the Scots accent which I happen to enjoy. The characters are true to life and brief hints of the history made that part of the story believable. Present day characters and scenes are written equally well. The story is an interesting one, well thought out, and had me picking up the book every chance I could. The theme of everlasting love was the best part for me, and the way the author conveyed the love felt between the husbands and wives was very believable. Very sigh-worthy. Loved the book and I highly recommend this to anyone who likes romance and time travel.
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The first thing I thought when I finished the last page of this book, was, "What a great story." Eternal love exists. Read this book, and you'll be a believer.

Magda and Davy live in eighteenth century Scotland and are expecting a baby. Their contemporary, American counterparts, Maggie and David, have been trying to conceive for seven years. Auld Annie, a witch, enters the scene, and things are never the same for either couple.

Maggie awakens in old Scotland, very pregnant, and Magda is in for quite a fright, finding herself three hundred years in her future. What lays ahead for both ladies and their surprised husbands make for an adventurous, entertaining tale filled with soul-searching.

The time-travel/paranormal aspect of this story was woven into it as beautifully as if it were tapestry. Both women's awakening in their new worlds and their struggles were realistic and convincing. Their husbands would make a romantic sigh with the confirmation that true love exists.

This novel was fun with wonderful Scottish dialect that flavored the story without being overwhelming. The urgency of both Magda and Maggie in their search for understanding, their running into serious complications, and wondering how things could ever be resolved to make them happy, kept me turning pages. So much happens to them in their "new" worlds. Interesting questions arise: Do they even want to go back to their own times and what will happen if they do, knowing they did things neither could ever forget. One warning: this story is written with a continual shifting of viewpoint from character to character. However, the author did this so skillfully that she achieved both breadth and depth of the story.

I highly recommend this story, a wonderful, character-driven, romantic and magical tale, and will look for more work by Laurel A. Bradley!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2008
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I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. Anyone who likes time travel and romance should definitely read this book. You won't be disappointed I know I wasn't.
If you liked this book as much as I did you might also read Love Returns Through The Portal of Time By KS.Michaels
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2008
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I took this book into hospital with me (appropriately, as I quite wished to be somewhere else) and I am glad I did. It was totally absorbing. So much so, I had to force myself to put it down in order to have something to read after my op! When I thought about the subject matter, people waking to find themselves in another's shoes, in another place and time vastly removed from their own, I wondered whether Laurel Bradley could pull it off. She did, admirably. Never once did I doubt that that was what had happened, cease to feel their bewilderment, and see the bewilderment in the eyes of the husbands. The Scots accent was brilliant and the historical element accurate and graphically drawn. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this book. Well done, Laurel.
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on October 23, 2012
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I truly enjoyed reading "A Wish in Time". It is the type of book I did not want to put down. The main characters are two husband-wife couples, one in 1718 Scotland, the other in modern-day New York. Due to an unfulfilled wish of one wife, she and the other wife are switched in time and place (think "Wife Swap" done over three centuries' time). The story revolves around how the women adjust to their new settings and how the mixed couples adjust to one another.

As the switched couples learn to live with one another there are some sexually charged scenes, tastefully described (though certainly still for adults rather than being appropriate for children).

This book is a mix of romance, science fiction/time travel, and philosophy. I like books that make me think, and this story raises some interesting questions about how we determine who we are (does a person who loses his or her memory cease to be that person?) I am fully able to suspend reality while reading a fictional story; I find no problem in accepting the unexplained in this story (how did the wives travel through time?) The descriptions of 16th century farm life in Scotland seem realistic, and are comparable to what others have written about that time and place.

By the end of the book I felt the story was full and complete, albeit short (177 pages). I would certainly welcome the chance to read more about the same characters, either as a prequel or a sequel.
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