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Borrowed Promises Paperback – May 31, 2014
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<blockquote>On the night of the new spring moon, a near-fatal accident propelled Victoria Reeves-Ashton over a century back in time to awaken in the body of Katherine Kamarov. Now, after three months of pretending to be Katherine and laboring to repair relationships damaged by Katherine's brash and selfish personality, quiet and gentle Victoria finds that her heart is putting down roots in Katherine's world, in her family relationships, and especially in a deepening friendship with Katherine's winsome cousin Michael. Hidden letters reveal the story of other moonseed-time travelers like herself-and Victoria realizes that she and Katherine will likely be returned to their own times the following spring. Tension mounts when a rich and handsome suitor applies to marry her, and Victoria must choose whether to accept him for Katherine's sake or to follow her own heart. Ryan Ashton, the husband Victoria left behind, is baffled by the woman his wife has suddenly become. Unwilling to believe her story about an exchange in time, Ryan struggles to understand the stark transformation of his timid, remote wife into a sexually aggressive and captivating siren. Against his better judgment, he falls hard for this new woman who is a perplexing mixture of cruelty, sensuality, and tenderness, a woman who he suspects has the power to either break his heart or heal the aching loneliness he has lived with all his life.</blockquote>
Katherine is living it up in Victoria's life, loving her gorgeous new body and all of the astounding things that have changed since her time. But poor Ryan doesn't know what to make of 'Katherine,' the assumed personality the shrinks say his injured wife is hiding behind. But the longer he is with the more he opens up his heart to her, even when she sometimes seems to be two totally different people. One personality at night, and a different one during the day. But he's willing to keep the confused Victoria if it means he gets to keep the nighttime version as well. Katherine, having the advantage over Victoria as far as knowledge over the switch, has opted to live every moment in the present rather than worrying over a future she can't control. But will that be enough to allow her to be where her heart tells her she belongs?
Victoria, who is in Katherine's body has slowly settled in to Katherine's life, finding that much to her surprise she is truly enjoying herself. But she is aware now that she may not get to stay, so she's afraid to follow her heart in case it isn't the choice Katherine would make, or want upon her return. Although she has begun to mend some of the ravaged relationships Katherine escaped from, she is only willing to go so far when it comes to adult choices of the heart for herself. She has no problem changing her relationship with her younger brother, and with neighbors. Yet she is still afraid of fully committing to living in the moment as Katherine is doing in the future. Is her fear really because she wants to leave Katherine choices if she returns, or is it just part of her naturally shy persona? Will her timidity be the cause of both women's joy, or of their ruin?
Katharine Kamarov finds herself in the body of Victoria Ashton . . . one hundred years in the future. She's excited to experience contemporary living and finds it suits her narcissistic personality - until she starts caring for Ryan, Vicki's husband. Ryan is bewildered by the night and day changes in his wife and suspects she may be suffering from a split personality. Secretly, he craves this bolder, more adventurous version.
Meanwhile, Victoria, the more timid of the two, is back in time trying to patch things up with Katharine's friends and family. She falls hard for cousin, Michael, but realizes the Moonseed transfer will only last a year.
Both women evolve into better people but each is bound by the fear of losing the life they've come to love.
Borrowed Promises is the second book in a trilogy. I'll be honest, I wish I'd read Book One before diving into this one. There were some vague areas where I had to use my imagination for gaps that I"m sure were covered in Bridge To The Past, Book One. Still, Ms. Ingram pens a remarkable and beautifully written tale that pulls readers in from the first page. Her writing is lyrical . . . poetic . . . and filled with emotion. The characters are so comfortable and realistic, you'll swear they are people you know.
I've developed a passion for this series and intend to read Book One while anxiously awaiting the last of the trilogy. There's a teaser for Book Three at the end of Borrowed Promises that sets the stage for the final round of the story.
They each work to fit in to their new lives, and find themselves mending relationships that the other has left behind.
The legend goes that these Moonseeds only have a year in each other's lives before returning to their own lives, and knowing this each strives to make the most of the time they have, to love and to learn what it is to be loved.
A beautiful story.
You really need to read these books in order to fully appreciate both women, and I can't wait for the final chapter in this series.
This story is about two diverse women who learn to love one day at a time because they can never be sure what the future holds. It includes the gamut of life’s events; births and deaths, marriages and divorces, and shows how easily emotional walls can be put up and taken down.
While this second installment in the Moonseed trilogy builds on the tensions created in the first book, Borrowed Promises is a mesmerizing stand alone book. A rare blend of a unique story coupled with poetic writing that lifts the images off the page, this book will keep the reader turning pages until the end. . . and eagerly awaiting the third installment!