~ The Path Chosen ~
When two Sydney-based women are forced to trade places,
157 years apart,
the last thing they expect to find is their heart's desire.
~ Cover Art by Carol Fiorillo of Carol's Cover Designs ~
To say I love this cover is an understatement...
'coz I really love this cover! :)
~*~ Blurb ~*~
In 2015, Dianna Liddell has it all: An apartment overlooking Sydney Harbour, a successful career, financial independence, and a live-in fiancé with an athletic build and "the world's greatest smile". She couldn't ask for more... until she learns she is pregnant to the man she no longer desires.
Anna Endicott is the wife of a clergyman, who, in 1855, sets sail to Australia as a dutiful wife. Three years on, she has lost her country, loved ones, faith in her husband and their God, and confidence in finding happiness.
When wishes flow, timelines are crossed and new futures are forged. Places, names, and partners alter, and the values of a foreign society will see celebrated principles questioned. Familiarity fades, expectations are changed, hearts falter, and someone will find themself falling in love.
~*~ Excerpt ~*~
Now this intrigued Adam. While all else unnerved him, this he found fascinating. "Oh? If not steam, then what?"
From beneath hardened brows, she stared at him. "Electric, of course."
Amused, Adam laughed, only to grow temperate upon receiving Dianna's frown. On espying the woman's grave sobriety, bafflement alighted upon his soul. "Electric? As in the telegraph? Surely you jest?"
"Do I look like I'm in the mood for stand-up comedy?"
Having to speculate over what it was she was referring to, he shook his head. "You do not appear to be in a jovial mood, no."
"You got that right. I've obviously entered the twilight zone. This cannot be real."
Oh, how he wished it were not. The more this woman spoke the more confused he became.
"Where the hell did that light take me? And what caused it? I figured it was from some sort of blast. You know, like from a bomb. Oh, god; was it a terrorist attack?"
"The more I think about this the crazier it all seems. Where am I?"
Perhaps the asylum was needed after all. "This we have already established."
"Right. Sydney. Whatever. What time is it?" She checked her wristwatch as Adam viewed his pocket watch. "11:45 AM."
She looked at him through lowered lashes. "Monday."
She studied the face of her wristwatch. "The 20th."
"I was of the understanding it is the 19th."
Without looking at him, she shook her head. "April."
"Good heavens, no." His breath caught somewhere between a hiccup of laughter and a surge of hysteria upon observing the sobriety in her expression. "Dear Lord," he said, watching as she closed her eyes and turned her face from him. "Miss Liddell, please make it known you do not believe you are from the twenty-first century."
She nodded, revealing the item she held. It was not a book. She touched its glass face and vibrant images moved across it surface.
Bewildered, Adam suffered weakening of the legs. "Anna...?" Anna had been transported to the year 2015? Impossible. Yet... here Dianna Liddell stood, as tangible as his existence, and she was anything but a representation of his world.
"What year is it... in your world?" she asked.
"Uh..." Faltering without care of suitable speech and manner, Adam scratched his head; his perplex imaginings leaping from impossibilities to the whereabouts of his hat and back again. "It is the year 1858."
With what appeared to be a loss of energy, Dianna lowered herself into a sitting position upon a patch of earth and cradled her knees to her chest. Using the hand holding the black item, she pressed a thumb to her lips. "I've travelled back in time?"
Adam remained as he was, awaiting reality's return.
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