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Imagine Clara McCallum's astonishment when she steps off an old-fashioned locomotive from a movie set and finds herself whisked back in time to 1941, and into the arms of Jed Landry, a man whom Clara has read about and studied, a man who is very much alive in 1941 but whom she knows will die a hero at Normandy three years later-or is it 62 years ago?

Clara's convinced it's some sort of hallucination, but before long she finds herself swept away by the handsome soldier, and ...

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Overview

Imagine Clara McCallum's astonishment when she steps off an old-fashioned locomotive from a movie set and finds herself whisked back in time to 1941, and into the arms of Jed Landry, a man whom Clara has read about and studied, a man who is very much alive in 1941 but whom she knows will die a hero at Normandy three years later-or is it 62 years ago?

Clara's convinced it's some sort of hallucination, but before long she finds herself swept away by the handsome soldier, and wondering if maybe her plunge into the past could change the course of the future-and turn out to be the best Christmas present ever.

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Wendy Markham delivers an engaging, cinematic time-travel romance set in two places and time periods -- New York's Westchester County just before Christmas in 1941, and present-day Manhattan. We meet the principal characters separately. Jed Landry is a bright and honorable young man who takes over his family -- and the family business -- after his father's death. Clara McCallum is a 30-year-old actress who is about to get her first starring movie role, playing the fictional wartime bride of a young man killed in the Normandy invasion. His name: Jed Landry! Clara is dealing with a real-life drama of her own -- a diagnosis of breast cancer -- but she goes to the town in Westchester to begin filming, only to hit her head on the train and arrive 65 years earlier. There are some nice touches to Jed and Clara's meeting -- he's puzzled over her iPod (is she a wartime spy with a special transmitter?). She finds out later, via the Internet, that he is meant to die. Once their romance kicks off with one perfect night and she finds her way back to 1941, how can she save him from his fate? Ginger Curwen
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In Markham's latest winning romance, rising actress Clara McCallum has just landed the part of her dreams, starring in a WWII film as a woman in love with a doomed soldier named Jed Landry. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old thespian has also just been diagnosed with breast cancer, sending her into a spiral of regret and melancholy. While filming, she finds herself magically transported back in time to 1941, scant days before Pearl Harbor, where she meets the real-life Landry on whom her character's love interest is based. Naturally, she feels an instantaneous connection to him. Fleeing back to modern New York, McCallum realizes the depths of her feelings for Landry and must reconcile her need for modern cancer treatments against her need for Landry-and to save him from his fated death at Normandy. The fantastic setup is balanced with convincing period details and strong characters, and the story's conclusion is unexpectedly real and refreshing. Though it's a Christmas novel, Markham happily refrains from over-using the holiday's bells and whistles, making this a subtle, effective and enjoyable entry into the growing field of time-travel romance. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451223470
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent time travel romance

    In New York City, Dr. Swensen informs Clara McCallum that she has breast cancer the shook up actress wants to go home, but knows she must remain in the City to film a movie while also beginning treatment. Her film role calls for her to be in love with a real American hero, Jed Landry of Westchester County who died in Normandy. On the set, Clara rides an early twentieth century train, but when she gets off something is not right. Instead of being on a movie set, she is somehow in 1941 New York seeing the real Jed. Both are stunned by their love at first sight attraction, but by morning she returns to Manhattan to start the cancer treatment. As each think about the other, both wonder how to get back into each other¿s arms. --- This is an excellent time travel romance because the likable lead pair seems real as they spend plenty of time separately in different eras resolving personal issues and trying to figure out a way to get back with their beloved. The story line is driven by Clara and Jed though more her than him. Fans will appreciate this superb tale as Jed struggles with IPods playing I¿ll Be Home for Christmas, just which era remains the question. --- Harriet Klausner

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