Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she learns she's now living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger, and everyone else in town believes she's some woman named Josephine Rogers who is supposed to be dead.
Jack Stanton can't believe the clerk gave him an occupied room at the Shady Villa Inn, but worse, he was ready to ravage the woman in that bed-until he realized his mistake. Now the woman he thinks is Josephine claims to be some other woman-and though he could never abide by Josephine's fickle ways, this Lisa Welsh intrigues him like no other. Still, if she isn't Josephine, he figures he best help her find her way back to where she really belongs no matter how much he wants to keep her with him.
Together, Lisa and Jack must solve the mysteries and face the troubles in their worlds or they will never be free to share the love that binds them across the ages.
©2011-2012 Terry Spear (P)2013 Vinspire Publishing
I believe this is a standalone book.
There is a lot going on in this story. Time-travel, murder, ghosts, embezzlement, outlaws, twin-like appearances, etc... If you're looking for a story that will make you think, this is definitely for you!
This is for the audiobook - I wasn't a huge fan of the narration. It seemed like a reading in high school - no emotion or inflections. If you enjoy that type of narration, however, it would be perfect for you!
I cannot compare as I've not read the book.
Oh Good Heavens!!!!! This romance blends sexy cowboys, time travel, possessing spirits, ghosts, outlaws, embezzlers, and more dastardly villains than I could count into a Holy Smokes!!!!, Did-that-really-happen? adventure!
The totally unexpected ending!
I was terrified when Pauline was mauled by the cougar.
Lisa Welch is an extraordinary damsel-in-distress who commutes from present day to the old west through-out the tale. The transport through time was not intentional at first. My heart went out to her as I could certainly relate to the confusion and helplessness she felt. As the story progressed, she faced multiple unresolved conflicts in both time periods that seemed to proliferate with a life of their own and each chapter seemed to end in a cliffhanger as Lisa was menaced by assorted totally despicable villains. Each situation seemed certain to result in Lisa's immediate death, imprisonment, kidnapping, mauled by wild animals, and more.
Our hero, Jack Stanton, was a yummy, honest, very kissable cowboy who was also understandably quite bewildered at first by Lisa. I love how he stuck with her just trying to keep her safe through each of their escapades. BUT... every time he left her sleeping in Room 3 while he went to get his horse, I wanted to shake him! I couldn't help but think he personified Dudley Do-Right when he did that!
This story had a legion of utterly surprising twists and turns. I gasped, held my breath, muttered "don't do it" to myself and yelled "no no!" more listening to this book than I can ever remember doing with any another book. I can assure you that there's not one dull moment in these pages! You will be in awe of the author's creative thought process that resulted in this book! All the characters will find their way into your heart... Bill, Frank, Josephine, Esmeralda, Pauline, Billy... I have wondered if naming one of the supporting characters, Pauline, was a discreet reference to the Perils of Pauline serial.
If I had one complaint, albeit very small, about this audible at all, it's that I had trouble a few times telling who was speaking. The narrator's voice was very clear but she didn't differentiate her voice markedly between characters.
If you eagerly anticipated every episode of Perils of Pauline and of the adventures of Dudley-Do-Right as I did, you will be captivated by A Ghost of a Chance in Love. AND, even better news! Have no fear... there's no cliffhanger at the end! WooHoo!
In closing, I cannot resist sharing a few of my favorite lines from Rocky and Bullwinkle's Adventures that would apply to this audible tale too if you change the names!:
Bullwinkle: "Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat."
Bullwinkle: "Oops, wrong hat."
Announcer; "Well, you're just in time for what might be a very unhappy ending."
Mr. Peabody: "I smell foul play, Sherman."
Narrator: "Well today we find our heroes flying along smoothly..."
Rocky: "Flying along smoothly?
Bullwinkle: "You're just looking at the picture sideways!
Rocky: "Actually it's like this!
Narrator: "Oh good heavens!... Today we find our heroes plunging straight down toward disaster at supersonic speed!"
Bullwinke: "That's better."
Terry Spear, YES! Cathy Schrecongost, NEVER!!
Make the heroine less stupid and stop using 21st century slang in a book that supposed to be set in the 1800's.
Anyone who can make a male sound a little bit more like a male and put some emotion in her voice. All she did was read the book.
After listening to only 23% I can honestly say that it needs to be rewritten. Then I might give it another try.
I have almost 500 reviews on Amazon and have only given a few books 1 and 2 stars but this one deserved it. I gave it two stars because I liked Jack's personality and his POV. Lisa was TSTL and the narrator was the worst. I've gotten to the point where I like to buy both the book and the audio but it this case it was a real waste of money.
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