Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Our story begins in Kansas in 1863 when cavalry scout, Judson Stone, is ordered to get to the City of Lawrence before Quantrill and his raiders. Judson is determined to get there in time to warn everyone of what’s coming. However, two of Quantrill’s scouts get to him first. Judson is shot in the head, and the next thing he knows he’s strapped down to a gurney riding in an ambulance and has no idea where he is.
It is 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas and Sadie Winters gets a call that her grandfather is in the hospital. Thankfully, he is not in danger of dying; it is just a sprained ankle and bump on the head. While sitting with him, a man arrives on a gurney yelling his head off about getting to Lawrence to save the town. She concentrates on her grandfather and dismisses what is going on around her until fate interferes.
Judson finds himself rooming with Walt Winters, Sadie’s gramps who happens to be reading the newspaper about the anniversary of Quantrill’s raid. The raid happened over 150 years ago, so how can Judson be in this bed in 2019? How can he come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t successful in saving lives? Seeing Judson as her grandfather’s roommate is nothing compared to the shock she receives when she discovers her gramps actually invites Judson to stay with them on their ranch until he is well. Now she finds herself having to care for two men, one a stranger and one a man in his sixties who hasn’t grown up yet.
Judson reveals to Walt what happened. They try to figure a way to send him back so he can complete his mission, but that’s easier said than done. How did he travel into the future? Is there a way to return him to his own time? While learning about cars, trucks, telephones, tv’s and using a coffee pot not to mention the big glass box in the bathroom aka a shower, he and Walt research what could have caused his jump in time. Sadie is still unsure of whether she can trust Judson. She can’t help the attraction she feels to him, not to mention his attraction to her.
I loved this story. It contained some amazing characters, especially gramps who was a real hoot. Judson’s culture shock and dealing with things we take for granted was done beautifully. The relationship between Sadie and Judson grew at the same time she was assisting in finding a way to send him back. I don’t want to go into any more detail, but I can’t recommend this book highly enough.