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Time Was (Time and Again) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1989

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'The most successful novelist on Planet Earth' - Washington Post 'A storyteller of immeasurable diversity and talent' - Publisher's Weekly 'You can't bottle wish fulfilment, but Nora Roberts certainly knows how to put it on the page.' - New York Times 'Everything Nora Roberts writes turns to gold.' Romantic Times 'Roberts' bestselling novels are... thoughtfully plotted, well-written stories featuring fascinating characters.' - USA Today

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Product Details

  • Series: Time and Again
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Silhouette (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373073135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373073139
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Burroughs on August 2, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Keeping in mind first and foremost that this is a Silhoette romance novel primarily designed to follow the set romance 'formula', I'm rating this one four stars. The primary reason people read these books is because they want romance between two compelling characters, to see a couple overcome obstacles, and a happily ever after all within 250 pages. A light beach-or-waiting-for-a-bus read. Not War and Peace or The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

With that in mind, the time travel element was an interesting twist. The author handled it credibly enough for someone who is not a theoretical physicist. The science fiction geek in me wants to say 'but such and such research now proves...', but this isn't a science fiction novel. If I'd wanted to read science fiction this week, I'd have BOUGHT science fiction. I wanted romance. I got it. The characters were likeable and compelling, especially Liberty. And this book left me warm and squishy enough inside that I'm glad I invested a couple of bucks for this book (used) and just went out and hunted down the second book in this series (also used).

Only two complaints. 1) - why do romance writers still insist on making mid-twenty-something women virgins? and 2) You could tell the author had a 250 page cutoff because the last chapter feels rushed. It cut off at EXACTLY page 250. I wish she'd gone back and snipped and clipped a few places earlier in the book instead of rushing the final scene so much. It had the potential to earn it that 5th star and didn't quite make it.

The verdict ... if you see it in the bargain bin it's worth a read.
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Before Nora Roberts took the alias of J D Robb to write a futuristic series, she experimented with time travel in a two-book series. This is the first book, in which Cal Hornblower, from the year 2553, accidentally hits a black hole and winds up in Oregon in the present day. Libby Stone helps him out, they fall in love, and the only question is whether he will leave her to return to his own time, take her with him, or stay with her here. Libby is a prototype for later heroines: very intelligent, studious, yet somewhat socially inept. I've seen her in several of Roberts' books, under different names and in different situations. This was written back in the 1990s, and by now the author is fluent in adding shadings to the character, so Libby may seem a bit primitive if you're accustomed to more recent books. But considering that the original was written for category romance (I think it was Silhouette), it's done pretty well. Cal is a typical hero, no need to say more. His fascination with "antiquity", like toothpaste, cars and stoves, gives the book quite a bit of charm and lifts it out of the usual contemporary category romance.
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This is book one of two. I have read them both long ago. I liked them enough to purchase the first one for my Kindle because it was on sale. I enjoyed the story line. It is a little "out there" but it was fun. It kept my attention and it ended well. I love Nora Roberts books and have read as many as possible. This is a good one.,
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I really did not like this book and that totally surprised me as I normally like Nora Roberts' style. This was so slow I almost stopped in the beginning but I kept thinking that it just had to get better. I skipped quite a few pages and sad to say this book never improved. I would not suggest purchasing this book.
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This is an older Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb book that had 2 stories in one. I own the old paperback but bought the DL too because I enjoyed it so much & this will out last the PB. It was a great backstory to the Robb portion Time Is. If a Robb fan this is a must have.
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As Liberty Stone stood on the cabin’s porch watching the storm rage overhead she had no regrets about being tucked away in the Oregon mountains. A cultural anthropologist, she was spending time at the place of her birth to write her dissertation on the last five years of extensive research. She was looking forward to the solitude. Then she saw the light shoot across the sky and the unmistakable sound of a crash.

Caleb Hornblower, a freelance cargo pilot from the 23rd century, is on a routine flight home from Mars when he diverts to avoid a meteor shower and is catapulted through a time gateway. With instruments going wild, the cockpit in darkness and the pressure making him lose consciousness, his ship whirls towards the earth. As Libby races to where she believes a plane went down she finds Caleb injured by the side of the track and manages to get him back to the cabin. As she nurses Caleb back to health Libby attributes his sometimes strange behaviour as the result of the accident. Little does she know.

I remember reading this book a long time ago. I think it was first published in the late 80’s or early 90’s as a Silhouette romance. I went for this newly released audio version because, well, it’s Luke Daniels and his narrations are always excellent, he always brings so much to his performance which enhances a story enormously.

Given the passage of years and the formula it followed, the story is a little dated. The dominant, could be seen as overpowering, male and the shy, virginal female, intelligent but naive, scenario could have been less than appealing but Nora Roberts handles it well.
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