Torie Mills will find love and much more than she ever dreamed of, in small town Iowa. She will discover she has a gift that is exciting and addictive, the ability to time travel. She will also find that time travel also involves danger and evil that would have been better left alone
This book was a very good book. I would
never have thought family history could be made this interesting to the
point were I could not put it down. The characters were very realistic and lovable. Great read. Left me wanting to read more.
Torie travels to 1891 and inhabits the body of her great-grandaunt Mahala Wyman
Dr. Jacob Krout and family
I became aware of the weight, as a person sat down beside me and I
looked over to see a man dressed in a black suit. He put a stethoscope
in his ears, unbuttoned my gown and placed the disc over my chest,
listening to my heart. He was Dr. Jacob Krout. He had been the doctor in
Fremont for more than forty-three years. He looked young, and was
probably in his early thirties. I had seen several photographs of him
which people had added to his online memorial. He was buried in Cedar
with his family. His wife Mary Alice was a Dinsmore.
He quietly listened to my heart as I studied his kind face.
“Take a deep breath Mahala,” he
requested. “And another. Good.” He smiled kindly at me and buttoned my
gown. “I will be making the rounds to see your sister Ivy when I leave
here. She and Joshua are sure looking forward to that little one. I
don’t think I have ever seen a couple more anxious for a child.”
The doctor looked from me, to some
point at my left and I became aware that someone was holding my hand.
My great-great-grandma Rose was sitting beside me, in a chair.
“We are all looking forward to
that new grand baby,” Rose said, patting my hand. “I think Mahala more
than anyone. How is your family, Dr. Krout? Mary Alice and little Erma,”
“Everyone is just fine. Erma will be going on ten years next month.”
The doctor looked back to me and
smiled. “I will stop again tomorrow,” he assured, rising and taking his
stethoscope from his neck to place it into his medical bag on the floor
“I’ll see you out, Doctor,” Rose offered.
“I can see myself out, Rose.” He patted her shoulder and walked to the door. “Until tomorrow,”
Rose turned her attention back to
me as the bedroom door closed softy and I noticed she had a bible open
in her lap. She began reading to me from some chapter. I have no idea
what chapter it was. The good book wasn’t one of those on my book shelf.
I hadn’t cracked a bible since I was confirmed at thirteen years old.
Rose finished the passage and then lifted my hand and kissed the back
“Mahala, you are the light of my
life, sweetheart. I want you to know that. I love you so much. We will
read and pray every day until you are well. I have faith in God. You
need to have faith and believe.”
“I will, Mother. Mother, what day is it?”
“Friday, April 10.”
She looked at me as though fearing I
was having a fit or something. She touched my forehead gently,
searching for fever. I was almost certain I knew the year because the
doctor mentioned Ivy being anxious to deliver Katie, but I just wanted
Pouring a good strong
drink, Stephen sat at his desk, rubbing wearily across his face with the palms
of his hands. He was cursing himself as every kind of fool he could think of,
when a hesitant rap at the door brought his attention back. “Come in,” he
called, half hoping it to be Desiree, having changed her mind and perhaps deciding to discuss things calmly and reasonably.
closing the door after him and looked into the troubled eyes of his captain. He
crossed to the desk to take a seat opposite Stephen for their usual nightly
chat, when his eye was caught by something lying upon the floor. He bent down,
picking up a silky sheer chemise and dangled it from his fingers, looking to Stephen.
Then his eyes moved to the tousled bed and the evidence there of what had
occurred. He walked slowly across the room and pulled the dagger from the wall,
turning to look at Stephen with raised eyebrows. “Seems as if you’ve
been to battle this night, Cap,” he observed, tossing the filmy garment across
the bed and dropping the dagger upon the desk before Stephen.
Pouring himself a
drink, Ham sat down across from him and waited for a response but Stephen made
no comment, only glared and took up the dagger, dropping it into a drawer of
his desk, then slamming the drawer shut.
“You showed great
willpower these past weeks, Stephen. I’ll not fault you there. I’ve always
known you to be a man of few words but you played the suitor with flair I never
knew you possessed,” he nodded and drank deeply of the fine brandy.
“Suitor, hell! The
wench forces it, draws out the father in every man she meets!” Stephen barked,
gesturing as if his heart were being ripped from his bare chest. “Even you!” he
pointed an accusing finger. “By your concern tonight I would say she has
captured your heart as well. Admit it, you old sea dog!” he smiled at his old
friend with genuine affection.
“Aye, that she has,”
Ham nodded. “A rare lady indeed. She seems to have taken over the entire ship without
so much as one show of firepower or one skirmish…” he glanced to the bed.
“Until now.” “Yes, I fear she
found me not to be the perfect gentleman she supposed me to be.” Stephen glared
at the bed. “I am afraid I made a mistake this night which I shall pay for, for
some time to come,” he chuckled softly with affected cavalier. But Ham noted
sadness in the voice of his young captain and worry upon his brow. It seemed
that this lusty young man had met, at last, the one woman who stirred a sense
of conscience in him.
Torie Mills is beautiful, successful and a New York Times
best-selling historical romance author. Determined to find some solace from her
fast paced and demanding life, she decides to move to Mahaska County, Iowa—a mile
outside of the tiny town of Fremont and into her great great-grandparent’s old
homestead. Her plan is to restore the property to its 1870 glory days.
She hires handsome, renovation expert Dave Cameron to do the work
and together they bring the old Victorian house back to life. When Torie moves
in, she discovers that restoring the house has opened a portal into the past.
Time traveling each night to the Fremont of old, becomes her wonderful escape
and her secret obsession. When she and Dave become lovers, he gets swept into
the travels as well—until they both realize, much too late, that there was evil
in the past that would have been better left alone…
When author Torie Mills moved to tiny Fremont, Iowa, she found the
love of her life and the place where she finally felt she belonged. Five
generations of Dave Cameron’s family had inhabited the large idyllic Victorian
house he and Torie now called home. They settled in, started a family and
seemed to be living the perfect fairytale ending. Fast forward two years into
the future. The Cameron family, including little one-year-old Rose, have been
chased from their home by the time travels they believed they had left behind.
Quiet Mahaska County has become a Mecca for fans of the psychological thriller
Where Evil Lived, which Torie wrote concerning the 1959 mass murder of her
Mills cousins. It was just meant to be a way to help Dave heal and put it
behind him for good. Now it had taken on a life of its own. While Torie
searches desperately for the answers that will fix her fractured family and
allow them the happily ever after they deserve, Dave struggles to hold on to
his sanity and keep a secret from her that will test him to the limits of his
endurance as he comes to terms with the time travel gift that neither he, Torie
nor their child will be able to resist or control.
Torie Mills Cameron’s world has crumbled right
before her eyes. Overnight, her life has taken a terrifying turn for the worse
forcing her to make a heart-breaking decision; to leave Dave and the life she
always hoped for behind her. To ensure her child’s safety, she will do whatever
it takes despite the cost. Dave Cameron is watching everything he ever dreamed
of slip from his grasp—and with his loving wife and daughter no longer in his
life, what is he left with? His dark secret, the time travels which are
becoming increasingly fraught with danger. Soon though, Dave and Torie will
learn that the world is not what it appears to be. They will be schooled by a
wise and patient old man who will explain the time travel mystery. While all of
their futures may depend upon a young child who vanished 120 years in the past
and may be the only one who holds the key to—Forevermore.