- File Size: 2378 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publication Date: November 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A7EFCLQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Moment In Time Kindle Edition
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"Deb Stover has created a story that blends love, laughter, and miracles for her readers. If I could only say one thing about this book it would be, 'Don't miss it!'" ~ Huntress Book Reviews
"The time travel genre belongs to Deb Stover. Nobody does it better!" ~ Maggie Osborne, author of Silver Lining
From the Back Cover
Or the adventure of a lifetime...?
Abandoned in a Rocky Mountain cabin, hairdresser Jackie Clarke wonders if a bad hair day can get any worse after smooth-talking lover Blade makes off with her car, her cash and her dignity. Her answer comes when a blizzard strands her in a ghost town, then a blazing inferno and a lewd painting thrust her back to 1891, where she is mistaken for famous saloon singer, Lolita Belle.
Cole Morrison is a single father and reluctant miner-turned-kidnapper. Desperation forces him into the battle between warring mining town saloons over Lolita Belle. Why does anyone want that sassy redhead anyway? She can't even carry a tune! But Lolita-who-calls-herself-Jackie may very well be the answer to all his dreams....
Is Jackie still having a bad hair day...? Or is this miner with a heart of gold the spa treatment of a lifetime...?
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The main character, Jackie Clarke, is a hairdresser who finds herself abandoned in the woods by her boyfriend...her no-good boyfriend. Since he stole her car, she starts the trek home only to find herself caught in a freak snowstorm. Seeking shelter inside a ghost town saloon, Jackie is saved from a certain death when she is hurled back to the Old West, 1891.
Caught up in a case of mistaken identity, Jackie "Lolita" Clarke is bounced around from one saloon to another trying to find her way back to her own time. Kidnapped by a handsome Mel Gibson look-alike who must have been on the Old West equivalent of Viagra, and taken to his homestead, Jackie finds herself falling in love with Cole Morrison and his nine year old motherless son Todd.
In my opinion, the author seemed short on details concerning the environment. I would have liked to "see" more of the town and it's people. Her characterization of Jackie and Cole was satisfying, though don't look at the cover hunk as an indication of Cole's description. Also, I have to say I suspect one character was patterned after Dolly Parton!!
Despite a somewhat predictable ending, it passed the time.
The next part of her life literally changes in almost every way, even time changes. She meets Cole and the rest is why you must read this book.
Top international reviews
I used to read books by this author years ago, when I only read romance. Now with a Kindle in my hand, there are lots of genre to try out, but sometimes it's really nice to go back to a simpler read.
This is one of those books. The story is a western timetravel romance, where Jackie returns to the old west and finds the love of her life and a life to love. Nothing wrong with that!!
This story is written with wit, strong dialogue and an entertaining story. Great for an afternoon off!
I enjoy having books of this type handy because they don't require any concentration to read, and it's easy to enjoy one on a Sunday afternoon while stirring a pot of spaghetti sauce or pretending to watch football with the rest of the family.
Deb Stover's book did not disappoint, and I think you'll find it many levels above the usual cheap Harlequins that a girl might resort to. I was a bit hesitant because I'm not usually a fan of the wave of historical romance time-travel novels that have flooded the market since Diana Gabaldon created the genre. I'd rather wait for Outlander book eight than suffer through the Diana-wanna-be's. However, I'm glad I gave A Moment In Time a chance, because it was 100% unique, and not at all similar to the Outlander novels, or anything else I've ever written.
I thought about withholding one star because I feel this book would have benefited from a quick copyediting. I haven't, because there are SO MANY badly-written books out there, and this is not one of them.
That being said, It drives me crazy that she doesn't a space after an ellipsis (the three periods used at the end of a sentence to create suspense). Their omission doesn't really alter the work's readability, but is annoying and looks odd. I realize that it's a style choice, but it bugged me a little.
It's the lack of spacing around her em dashes that really gets me. (Again, I've been told that this is a personal style choice, but it drives me bananas.) And sometimes that kindle seems to have converted them to en dashes (which I sort of prefer) but not always, so the lack of consistency is jarring. By deleting the spaces around the em dash, sentences are completely changed. Hyphenated words are created that do not and should not exist. The reader must go back and re-read the sentence, trying to guess the writer's meaning.
i.e. The sentence, "Voices-loud ones-ganged up on Jackie." is obviously not trying to talk about something called "voices-loud" doing something I've never heard of called "ones-ganged". But these strange hyphenated words are created throughout the work, detracting from the meaning and therefore disrupting the reader's flow by having to repeat and decipher the phrase. I'm sure she meant to say, "Voice - loud ones - ganged up on Jackie." but the incorrect spacing around the em hyphen altered the meaning of the sentence.
I really don't mean to sound overly critical. Like I said, there are tens of thousands of books on Kindle that leave much more to be desired