Friday, December 30, 2011


Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Date published: September 5, 2011
ISBN: 9780983419860
Time Travel/Western Romance/Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher.

Although Lisa Welsh is eager to put her divorce behind her, she is shocked one day to wake up in a strange man’s another century no less. What’s worse is when the inhabitants of the 1870s town of Salado, Texas believe her to be someone else, a young woman named Josephine, who bears a striking resemblance to Lisa. Having just arrived from the twenty-first century, Lisa is confused by everything happening around her and is anxious to return home to Sacramento, to her job as a bookkeeper, and to her friends.

Cowboy Jack Stanton had been about to make love to the woman in his bed, only to discover she is not who he believes her to be, in his dreams, his deceased fiancĂ©e, Charlotte. Since he never cared much for Josephine Rogers anyway, he isn’t too upset when she flees his bed. Believing the hotel clerk has booked two guests into the same room, number three, he apologizes and departs, much to Lisa’s relief.

As Lisa attempts to make sense of her travel through time and the woman Josephine, she finds her growing attraction to Jack Stanton a bit worrisome. Jack, in turn, aware there is something different about Josephine, who supposedly died prior to Lisa’s arrival in room number three, is intrigued by Lisa and feels protective of her.

As time goes on, mysteries are unravelled, and Lisa and Jack find themselves seeking answers together as they encounter unusual problems and danger in both their worlds. Problems and danger are trying to keep them apart between the centuries, for all time.

A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE by Terry Spear is an exceptional read. Well-written, with oodles of mystery and suspense, not to mention excitement and adventure, western-style.

I absolutely loved this book. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, it kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. The pacing is excellent and never gets boring. I just couldn’t put this one down. A fan of time travel and historical romance, A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE is everything one would want in such a story, including the paranormal as well. There are plenty of ghostly happenings in this tale to intrigue one’s senses along the way.

And there are bad guys, too. Lots of bad guys in both centuries, that our hero and heroine, Lisa and Jack, have to contend with. The fact that they tackle them together warms your heart as they grow to care for one another and fight to remain loyal to one another throughout the confusing occurrences in this story.

Ms. Spear does well in her characterizations. It doesn’t take one long to fall in love with Jack and Lisa as they struggle with their feelings for one another, always knowing their relationship may never be possible because of the years between them. It is great fun though as they both jump back and forth between the nineteenth and the twenty-first centuries, encountering problems and mayhem in both time periods that may well keep them apart forever.

If one is seeking some excitement, some romance, and some dastardly deeds and outlaws, A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE has it all. I can’t say enough good things about this extraordinary story. Ms. Spear writes with pure genius, and has all the magic and romance one would hope for in the old west and in any urban fantasy.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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