Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THE BRIDE PRICE by Tracey Jane Jackson


Publisher:   Self-published
Published:   June 9, 2010
Genre:  Time Travel  
Format:  Ebook - Netgalley
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com


Due to a painfully progressive heart disease, Sophie Ford is days away from death.  Her husband, Jamie, will do anything, anything at all to save her.  Theirs is a love for all time.  Among their interests are Civil War re-enactments.  It is a passion of theirs.  When one morning Jamie goes into his wife’s room he is devastated to find her gone.  Not that she has died—she is gone.  Vanished. 

Sophie meanwhile awakes in a strange room and soon learns she is not in her home, but in in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Even more disconcerting is she learns it is the year 1863.  Alone, with no idea how she arrived or where Jamie is or how to reach him she is fortunate to be taken in by a doctor and his family.  Perhaps more strange than her travel back through time is that Sophie is cured of the heart ailment that was soon to take her life.  Unable to find her way back to her own time she settles in in Harrisburg and soon catches the eye of a neighbour, Richard Madden. While Richard may be a man of his time, Sophie wants nothing to do with him.  She is soon relieved to find Jamie has joined her in the past…or has he?

She rejoices when a soldier, looking identical to Jamie, arrives. Although he claims he doesn't know her, she's convinced he's her husband and sets out to make him remember. Sophie races against time as she faces increasing pressure from Richard, who threatens their chance to reunite. Can love the machinations of a rejected suitor, war and a threat from the future?

I’m a huge fan of time travel and historical romances, particularly civil war and westerns so when I saw Tracey Jane Jackson’s book, THE BRIDE PRICE, I had to pick it up.  It had some nice promise to it but all too often I kept wondering “where was the editor?”  Even long-time, traditionally published authors who have been through the rigors of editing need a good editor for their self-published books.  Perhaps even more so because it is so easy to “publish” a book today and become an author.  If Sophie was such a fantastic re-enactor she would have had a firmer grip on the language and phrases of the time she was sent to.  There were many more colloquial and modern day expressions than I suspect one would have found in 1863 and that someone would have raised an eye brow or two at some of the things Sophie and Jamie said. But then, the characters from 1863 more often than not spoke that way as well. 

When the reason for Sophie and Jamie’s ability to time travel was revealed it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It was a great premise—one I really liked.  I just feel the story would have been more cohesive if there were hints about how the future was affecting the past earlier on.  It felt like the author thought she had to find a way to explain the time travel, came up with a great idea, but didn’t go back through the story to implement it. 

The story could have just as well been told without the heart ailment issue – and Sophie’s outcome made a lot more sense without it.  If it were a mystery there would have been some nice red herrings, but as a romance they didn’t work. 

A less picky reader would enjoy THE BRIDE PRICE much more than I did. Check it out if for no other reason than to read a decent romance that transcends time.

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

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