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Initial post: Mar 12, 2011 1:08:41 PM PST
I have been on a search for a time travel romance book that I read in the late 1980's or the 1990's. I cannot remember the title or the author. A woman goes back to the past (I cannot remember how she gets there) but I do remember she is picked up in town by a male servant who thinks she is the mistress from the house he works at. He takes her home and his wife works as the cook in the kitchen of the house (I remember that she has an accent-maybe a cockney accent). The home is large and the hero has been emotionally scarred by his wife. Everyone in the household doesn't like her because of her temper. I also think there is a small child in the house because the heroine takes care of her. Slowly over time she wins everyone over in the house and the hero and her fall in love. If I am not mixing up two books I think that at the end of the book she see's the first wife in a mirror, the first wife had exchanged places with her and she went to the future. This book was a really, really good book and I hope that someone out there remembers the title and author.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 7:11:07 PM PDT
deebotte says:
Could it be Time-Kept Promises by Constance 0'Day-Flannery? The heroine travels back in the past and is a ringer for the hero's wife who everyone hates and thought was dead (by his hand). I seem to recall that the wife showed up at some point and may have been in her place.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2011 1:19:29 PM PDT
No, it's not Time-Kept Promises by Constance O'Day-Flannery. I really appreciate you trying to help me. If you think of anymore authors please let me know. It's funny how you read something and then think you'll never forget the author or title.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 1:33:30 PM PDT

Once in Every Life by Kristin Hannah

From Publishers Weekly

Tess Gregory is a successful research scientist with a poignant past when her deafness keeps her from hearing and avoiding an oncoming bus. Because her life has been so unsatisfactory and truncated, she is given a chance at a new one. A guardian angel escorts Tess to the "theater of second chances," where her options consist of choosing among several different men to accompany in her next go-round. What she fails to understand is that the appealing man and newborn baby on whom she settles are living in the year 1873. On the positive side, Tess has been reincarnated in the body of a drop-dead gorgeous new mother complete with curly blond hair and perfect hearing. As for the down side, the woman whose body she now inhabits has been unspeakably cruel to her husband and daughters, so that they are afraid of her. Before her situation is resolved she uses her modern psychiatric knowledge to help a dyslexic daughter learn to read, as well to cure her husband of the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffers from as a result of having fought in the Civil War. While not all of the details are historically right--much of the language sounds up-to-the-minute--the heroine's pluck and imagination are always engaging. Hannah wrote The Enchantment.

And here's a list of others - one might jump out

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2011 6:48:33 PM PDT
It's not Once in Every Life by Kristin Hannah, although I loved the book. Thanks for trying to help me!

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 4:29:51 PM PDT
Could it be "The Elsingham Portrait" by Elizabeth Chater?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 12:51:26 PM PDT
No, it's not "The Elsingham Portrait" by Elizabeth Chater. Thanks for your suggestion though.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 10:18:48 PM PDT
How about "The White Fog" by Roxanne Dent? One of the best time-travel romances I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2011 8:21:25 AM PDT
I reviewed "The White Fog" by Roxanne Dent but that is not the book. Thank you for trying to help me!!!

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 1:20:41 PM PDT
mandy p says:
yeah i think i read the book too. sadly i can't remember author or title but i remember that there is a small girl child and the child is the first to really like the heroine and she follows the heroine all around the house which seems to be an isolated home that no one takes care of.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 9:39:34 AM PDT
Adnana says:
I really hope someone remembers the title of this book... I'm very intrigued by the description and would really love to read the book.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 1:42:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2011 1:42:55 PM PDT
Artist says:
I don't know the title of the book you described above, but I have just read one that has a similar theme. Here's the edited version of the synopsis from
When Susan Butler dies in a car wreck, she is transported back in time to 1888 and into the body of Margaret Johnsbury. .. At first, Maggie doesn't understand why everyone hates her. The servants hate her, the neighbors hate her, her husband hates her. Maggie hasn't a single friend in the world, but she is determined to change that. Beginning slowly, she first tries to win everyone over with her cheerful personality, but they are all unimpressed. Convinced she is playing some monstrous joke, no one believes for a minute that the person they knew as Margaret has changed her personality the way she changed her name. Once Maggie finally learns of the cruel things Margaret has done, she understands and sympathizes with everyone's distrust and dislike. Carter Johnsbury hates his wife, and justifiably so. ..

It has a happy, romantic ending. The name of the book: When There is Hope by Jane Goodger

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 3:02:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2011 3:25:24 PM PDT
J. R. Jones says:
Could it be "Shadows in Time" by Cheryln Jac?

"Certain that the New Orleans plantation of Shadow Oaks holds the secrets of her own shadowy heritage, Tori has just flown there from San Francisco. Driving through the sultry southern night with an ancient diary beside her, she thinks it's her eyes playing tricks when a bolt of lightning suddenly explodes in the road before her. One minute, the car is spinning wildly out of control; the next, Tori awakens in a horse-drawn carriage, gazing up at the handsomest man she'd ever seen.

He calls her his wife - but Guy Rouchard's gray eyes blaze with savage fury. Fate had swept Tori back more than a hundred years to put her in another woman's place...Now she must race against time itself to change the tragic past and claim her future with the man she will love all eternity."

In this book the heroine does switch places with the hero's wife but I don't recall if there was a scene involving a mirror at the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 11:58:23 AM PDT
Thank you so much for trying to help. This book is not the one I am searching for. I have read, 'When There is Hope' by Jane Goodger and it is a really good time travel. I like all of Jane Goodger's time travel romances!

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 12:11:16 PM PDT
Hi J. R. Jones,
No, it's not 'Shadows in Time' by Cheryln Jac. Thank you for trying to help me. It has been so frustrating searching for this book, I don't know if I will ever find it at this point.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 1:41:28 PM PDT
K. Weems says:
I think it may be "The Wishing Chalice" by Sandra Landry.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 3:02:35 PM PDT
jennsch78 says:
I was just about to say maybe "The Wishing Chalice"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2011 3:03:42 PM PDT
Susan Lynn Umpleby,
There's a blast from the past...haven't thought of "The Elsingham Portrait" in so many years!

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 3:20:01 PM PDT
jennsch78 says:
I went through a time travel phase and still love them. Your description sounds like so many or atleast bits and pieces from several. One in particular i remember reading although cant remember title or author so that wouldn't help. But the girl travels back in time and looks just like the wife of the guy. Everyone hates her especially her husband and children cause she is cruel to them. Doesnt want anything to do with the children, which later we find out is because they aren't really hers. If i remember correctly they are seperated and she lives in a house across the street from the H. They slowly end up falling in love and at the end i think i remember something about a mirror and she sees that the real wife took her place in the future. Does any of that sound familiar cause i think i still have the book. I could try to find it and give u title and author but if its not then i won't bother.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 5:48:15 PM PDT
jennsch78 says:
A time to dream by sherry lewis is the one i was talking about above.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 9:36:58 PM PDT
This sounds very familiar. I may be confusing several books (read 10 or more years ago) together, but in the one I'm thinking of, two women switch places, a la Freaky Friday. The woman of the 1800s is an evil, cruel practitioner of witchcraft or magic; she is bored and hates her life, and somehow manages to switch with a woman of the 1980s or 90s. The 1980s woman makes the traumatized husband, etc fall in love with her, but meanwhile the 1800s woman has again grown bored; the 1990s (or whenever) were not all she hoped they'd be. She tries to cast another malignant spell and reclaim her 1800s body, but somehow, she is defeated and dies in the 1990s. Does this sound at all like what you were thinking of? In a way, I hope not, because I have NO IDEA what the title or author of the book I'm describing are...and now I too will be driven crazy!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 4:05:44 PM PDT
Thanks, but "The Wishing Chalice" is not the book!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 4:07:35 PM PDT
Hi Susan,
No, it's not "The Elsingham Portrait". I have a copy of that book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 4:15:32 PM PDT
Hi, thanks for checking your time travel books for me. It is not "A Time to Dream" by Sherry Lewis. I have that book and I really liked it. I wish I could remember more. It was a thicker book, like the ones Constance O'Day Flannery writes.
I just can't remember anymore details. Thank you so much for trying!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 4:26:34 PM PDT
I just don't know. I don't remember the woman of the 1800's being a practitioner of witchcraft or magic. I do remember that the husband was traumatized and the child or children were afraid also. Today he would be considered an abused husband. I remember the hero's cook in the kitchen and her husband the carriage driver having a cockney accent.
Somehow, the woman from the 1980's or 1990's ends up in the 1800's and the driver of the house see's her and thinks it's the mistress of the house. He helps her into the wagon and takes her home.
If you think of any time travel titles please e-mail!!! Thanks for your help!
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