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FOUR STARS! This nicely inventive romance brings alive the America of the past, including the Battle of New Orleans. The heroine's absorption into the past is handled well, and the gradual acceptance of her change quite believable. --Susan Mobley, RT BOOK REVIEWS

"...a superbly written romantic love tale. Ms. Nutt has vividly and emotionally wrote the plot and characters in a way that the reader will become enveloped, captivated and entranced in the story." --TCM Reviews

A Gem of a Tale. The romance between Keldon and Arianna is delightful. The storyline was exciting and entertaining. I particularly think it is a stroke of genius placing a Scottish pirate in the American south.
--Bonnie-Lass, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

From the Author

A Twist of Fate was previously published with Tease Publishing LLC in 2008 for their Dark Tarot Line. Upon receiving my rights back after the contract was fulfilled, I decided to release the tale again through Amazon KDP select program and Createspace. It has been an interesting venture. 
Please note, I still work with Tease Publishing LLC and you can find my other works there. Thank you readers for you continued support throughout the years. 




 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470189291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470189297
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,613,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this book under the top 100 free. I am so glad I did. It was highly entertaining for me and I also found myself laughing out loud a few times. This is the first book of this author but willnot be my last. I would have paid for it.
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This book just SOUNDED interesting, so of course, while it was free, I decided to check it out. What a bargain! I started reading it and I had to finish it today. Ok, I read very fast and probably could read 3-4 novels a day if I didn't have children, volunteer and work part-time.

Arriana wakes up and is suddenly someone else. Her memories don't match, she knows things she shouldn't. She spends most of the novel realizing that Annabelle (the person she suddenly becomes) isn't very nice. I like the fact that she didn't realize she'd traveled through time. She thinks she has amnesia and her husband Keldon thinks that the bang on the head suddenly gave her second sight.

Keldon doesn't know what to think and he keeps waiting for her to recover her memory and realize that she isn't Arriana anymore and he's falling in love with Arriana. But there are odd things about his wife Annabelle that he can't explain, like she insists her name is Arriana. She suddenly sings (she used to screech) and she can play a harpsichord, plus suddenly, she's nice!

I love how she doesn't change history but just makes it happen again, like it did. I like how Karen Michelle Nutt added real people and historical facts to the story, the story just worked and it didn't have that Deus ex machina feel where suddenly everything is made better by some future knowledge used in a timely manner or her return to the future. Good story!
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I read so many time travel romances that I'm probably more picky about what makes one good versus the another. A Twist of Fate unfortunately falls into the Just Ok category for me. The book started out pretty good with Arianna through back in time to meet the handsome Keldon and she is mistaken as his wife. The story is filled with a strong cast of characters especially Maeve her "lady servant". I liked how Arianna a modern woman with modern values treats the slaves common during this time in the south. I also like how Keldon and Arianna's romance develops slowly and sweetly. The love scenes feel flat for me. I hate love scenes when the chemistry is there and the time is right and then.....nothing. I guess a common term is closed door love scenes but when it is written about as a cheesy cliche I would rather not read any love scenes. I'm not sure if I would read another book from this author by reading this story.
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Arianna switches places with a truly awful woman in 1812. Struggling to remember her life and prove she is not the horrible Annabelle. Keldon the husband is disbelieving and cruel. The story is well woven into the historic events of the war. Very entertaining.
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This was the first story I have read by Ms. Nutt and as several other reviewers stated, I was also sad to see it end. I love stories with lots of History intertwined with time travel. Ms. Nutt used a different means for Arianna to arrive in the past that was intriguing. The characters were written with much depth and it was easy to visualize the settings and the interactions as the story and plot unfolded. I Enjoyed the "Scotsman" in the old South. I read this story in one sitting and although I had a couple questions that were never answered they did not take away from the enjoyment of the story. I would recommend this story if you are interested in American History as She did a wonderful job of weaving a fictional story around the events of the war of 1812.
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The title sort of attracted me, it was the time travel tease that nailed it. A good preview is everything.

The book delivered. It was mystery, humor, emotional and in my opinion, just darn good. There are people that are evil, people that forgive them and people that never let you forget what you did 50 years ago.

I don't think you have to work at forgiveness. I think that if you have to have an evil in your orbit, they give themselves away by changing or never changing their spots.

Do I like whimsical? yeah, I do. But I also like a whimsical that forces you to see a different perspective.
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For me, the appeal of time travel books is the fish out of water aspect. How would a person handle being in a time period that isn't their own? How do they hide this or convince someone you're from the future or past? "A Twist of Fate" is time travel, but doesn't use this plot devise. It was an interesting change of pace, but I never really connected with the heroine.

Arianna Ward not only travels back in time, but switches places with the mistress of a plantation, Annabelle Buchanan. This event happens before the reader can learn very much about Arianna outside of her age, occupation and single status. In her new surroundings, it doesn't take long for Arianna to discover that everyone thinks she's Annabelle and that Annabelle was a horrible person. She accepts what people are telling her, but insists that they call her Arianna. Through words and actions, she shows that the "new Annabelle" is a good person and wants to make up for her past sins. Herein lies some of the problem I had with this book. Arianna and Annabelle are caricatures. Annabelle was Eeeeeeeeeeeeevil and I half expected Arianna to have small woodland creatures frolic at her feet. She was perfect in every way and showed little to no awkwardness in her new surroundings.

The middle of the book devolves into probably one of the worst pirate adventures I've ever read. Ships are boarded without a single shot being fired. Of course Arianna stows away on her husband's ship and enters the fray armed with a slingshot. And yes, you guessed it...she takes out multiple opponents with nothing but a stone and her trusty weapon. Why did her husband, the captain, even have that in his cabin???

There is a secondary romance that served the purpose of adding pages to the book.
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