Finally deciding to start living life for herself, socialite Emily Fergeson is transported through time by an earthquake and lands in 1882, where she finds herself in the hands of stubborn Royle Tremaine.
In 1996 Emily Fergeson is wealthy - in dollars only. Her mother, the one person that truly loved her, is dead; Ron, her father, wants her as a bargaining chip in the high stakes world of politics and business; the college friend, who's wedding she has traveled to attend, wants her silence and the prestige her family name will bring to the event. Driving home from Durango, Colorado after the wedding, Emily decides that life is too short to march any longer to a drum beat that is not her own. Her decision seems to anger the gods for no sooner has she made it then an earthquake of statistic breaking intensity tries to bury her beneath an avalanche of dirt and boulders. Royle Tremaine and his uncle Teigue Jackson mine their silver strike in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. Royle works like one possessed to amass the fortune required to return to Virginia; reclaim his families mansion and restore the glory and grandeur of a way of life destroyed by the Civil War. The Tremaine name will again carry dignity and power once he journeys East and fulfills his obligation to marry Rebecca Weston. Teigue's admonition that 'you can't go home again' falls on deaf ears. When Emily Fergeson steps though the portal of time, and into their 1882 cabin, Teigue knows that salvation has arrived. At first Emily is unaware that she has travel into another dimension, but when she discovers a stack of newspapers she confronts Teigue with her suspicions. Teigue understands her bewilderment and offers Emily all of the love and acceptance she's never received. Teigue watches the struggle between Emily and Royle as they fight the attraction that threatens to blaze into conflagration at any moment. He subtly encourages their romance, knowing he is pouring fuel on a blazing fire, and revels in the flames. The torrid affair between Emily and Royle is beset by opposition at every turn. Royle's sense of duty and honor is an obstacle almost as insurmountable as the time warp that drew Emily to his side. Neither can resist, or deny, their feelings but Royle's determination to wed a woman he doesn't love finally leaves Emily no alternative but to resort to feminine wiles. The ending is a classic battle of the sexes. This is the second Jove/Time Passage novel from Susan Plunkett.