Despite rumors of “strange doings” at a cabin in Fredericksburg, investigative reporter Dessa Wade books the cottage from which lawyer Charity Dawson disappeared in 2008. Dessa is intent on solving the mystery. Instead, caught in the swirling mist that surrounds the cabin, she finds herself in 1890, in a shootout between the Faraday Gang and a US Marshal.
Marshal Cole Jeffers doesn’t believe Miss Wade is a time traveler. He admits she’s innocent of being an outlaw but thinks she knows more about the gang than she’s telling. When she’s kidnapped by Zeke Faraday, Cole is determined to rescue her. He’s longed for a woman of his own, and Dessa Wade just might be the one—if she’ll commit to the past.
Review: This is the first story I have read of Ms. LaRoque’s and it will not be the last. This was a very sweet, short romance which is the 2nd book in the series. As usual, I always wonder when I’m reading books out of order if I’m missing anything. Even though Charity is a supporting character in this story and I want to read her story, it did not detract in any way by not having read her story first.
One of the things I enjoy with a time-travel story is reading about how the characters adapt to their new and unique situation. This story does just that. The author does a very good job developing this portion of the story.
For a short story, it does have good character development. I do feel Cole changed his opinion from Dessa being involved with the Faraday gang to not being involved a bit too quickly. I realize when the story is this short things need to move along at a faster pace but Cole seemed to rapidly do a total about face.
The ending, oh! I’m not going to spoil it but let’s just say I got choked up. I am really looking forward to the release of book 3 in this series.