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Monday, October 06, 2008

Time Was

***** Time Was by Nora Roberts. Time travel romance. Re-read.

This is the first Nora Roberts book I ever read. In 1989, I subscribed to Silhouette Intimate Moments for the cheap books. I gave up on them after a few months, but I kept three of those books. Two of them were this book and its sequel. (The other was The Vow by Dallas Schulze.)

Anthropologist Liberty Stone is taking some time off in her family's mountain cabin when she sees a plane crash in a storm. She races to the rescue in her Land Rover, and finds an injured survivor and brings him back to the cabin.

Caleb Hornblower wakes up the next morning, disoriented, and unable to remember where he is or what happened. When he does remember, he wishes he hadn't, because either he's going crazy, or his spaceship crashed over 200 years in the past.

When I first read this book, I was blown away, especially given my expectations. I'd been reading the Silhouettes for a little while, and this was completely different: no man-hating heroine, and... time travel! I had no idea there were such things as time travel romances, but even if I'd known, they tend to take heroines back to the middle ages. They almost never take heroes from the future back to the present. And at a point where I was getting bored with romances and thinking wistfully of the days when I read mostly science fiction and fantasy, this was absolutely perfect.

Okay, granted, it's a Silhouette Intimate Moments. It's 250 pages long, and it's a romance. That means that there isn't a huge amount of detail about how Caleb got from the 23rd century to the 20th. But there is a lot of detail about how Caleb reacts to finding himself in the 20th century, and that's where the story is, anyway.

There's a lot of humor involved, as you might expect--things like Caleb mistaking shaving cream for toothpaste (in the future, they use a sonic device for teeth cleaning, IIRC). And there are a lot of details about the future that he finds different--he's confused, for instance, when Libby puts on reading glasses, since in the future, LASIK (or something like it) is a simple matter of course.

And the romance is sweet and poignant. If they're to be together, one of them has to give up his or her life--their family, their friends, their career, their home: everything except the other person.

For just 250 pages, Time Was packs a hell of a punch. It did 19 years ago, and it still does now.

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Hmm...I don't think I've read this book by Nora yet. But then again, I have not read LOT of her older, classic books yet either...I know, shame on me! LOL ;)
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