Ashton's Bride

Ashton's Bride

by Judith O'Brien
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Ashton's Bride by Judith O'Brien

Margaret Garnett, too tall, too smart, and much too much a Northerner, felt as if she were being watched from the moment she arrived to teach at Tennessee's Magnolia University. The feeling became a shivery chill when she moved into Rebel's Retreat, the historic cottage built by Confederate General Ashton Johnson. But the shock of seeing the general's portrait and recognizing him as the man of her most passionate fantasies left her with an eerie certainty -- that somehow his ghost was actually there.

Soon Margaret was reading old letters and devouring every fact on the dashing Ashton, his engagement to a fickle beauty who may have been a spy, his death at the hands of a Union sharpshooter. But nothing prepared Margaret for the fever, the dizziness, and the shock of waking up in a vanished era -- in Ash's arms. Suddenly alive in a South of scorched earth and tears, she knew this was where she had always belonged...where she had been sent to alter the course of war itself, to embrace a destiny time could not stop and a love death could not deny....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451604610
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 339,767
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Writing romance novels has got to be the way to make a living in the world. What other career allows you to send the kids off to school, walk the dog, and vanish into the most fascinating of historical times and places, with the most glorious of men, to escape danger and find everlasting love for the rest of the day?

Like most writers, I knew early on that I wanted to be a writer. Well, almost. Actually, writing was the third choice on my short list of career possibilities, right after Fairy Princess and Prima Ballerina. The first two didn't work out. So after college I moved to New York, where I worked for Seventeen Magazine. Not only had I never really been to New York before, but I believe I was the only editorial assistant in the magazine industry who still wore knee socks. Soon I was promoted to Editor of the "Letters to the Editor" department. Yes, there really IS an editor for the letters to the editor column. But it allowed me to write articles, answer the personal problems of teens (boys and zits were the big topics of concern), and rummage through the back files of the magazine. I found Sylvia Plath's original carbon of a short story she submitted while still in high school. There were articles on up-and-coming talents with names like Judy Holiday, Marlon Brando and Elvis. And very occasionally I was employed as a last-minute makeover subject. That was me looking miserable after getting the "Brideshead Revisited" bob.

Then I lucked into a fabulous job - as a jacket copy writer at a publishing house called Pocket Books. There I first read Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood in manuscript form, and from those I would compose the blurbs for the book covers. It was heaven. I would read straight through my lunch hour, thus accounting for the chicken salad and iced tea on the returned manuscripts. But as much as I loved reading those marvelous stories, what I really wanted to do was to write one. Just one. Just to see what would happen.

Life interfered. I went back into magazines, this time at Self as an editor and writer. I got married, then had my son. I was still on maternity leave, writing general health articles while bouncing a newborn on my knee, that I began to dream once again of writing a romance novel. So that is exactly what I did. And I modestly claim to have written the most horrendous first three chapters of ANY book, in ANY genre, at ANY time in history. Unfortunately, still addled by the turmoil of being a new mom (hey, it's an excuse), I actually sent the wretched chapters to agents and publishers.

The rejections were polite form letters. Dozens of them. I shoved them into a bottom drawer and stuck to articles, becoming a free-lance writer and full-time mom. A few years later I gave romance writing another try. This time I sent it to only one person, Linda Marrow, with whom I had worked at Pocket Books years earlier. I certainly did not expect her to accept the manuscript. But I did hope she would let me know which editor at whatever house just might be interested in my time-travel romance.

Instead, I received a call from Linda three days later, offering me a two book contract.

Now I am a single mom. My son is twelve. I live in Brooklyn. And I'm lucky enough to write romance novels for a living. So please excuse me while I slip into something more comfortable. Such as Civil War Atlanta, or Tudor England, or Georgian Ireland, or....Did I mention how much I love this job?

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Ashton's Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this after returning from a two week vacation visiting 18 Civil War battlefields. This is a beautifully written time travel romance about a Yankee female college professor who travels back in time from 1993 to meet a dashing, but disillusioned Confederate General in1863. This novel has humor, romance and angst as it explores the dire situation of the South in late 1863. The characters are rich and believable against the backdrop of wartime Petersburg and Richmond. Places I had just visited and thoughts I had just experienced about the futility of that war came vividly to life. I did not want it to end. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your interest. Characters very likeable. One of my favorites that i end up rereading every year.
thay More than 1 year ago
This is a great mixture of Gone with the Wind and Outlander. Great plot, great characters, very fun and entertaining read. My only gripe is that it reads like an abridged version of itself. Whereas GWTW and the Outlander series are very detailed, this books sometimes jumps ahead and makes the reader fill in the gaps. It's doable, but shouldn't have to be done. It feels like an editor took a hacksaw to it and cut out way too much leaving behind a sweet little thing of a book that was once a great beauty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a romance novel, it is a lot more engaging than most. The historical backdrop lends extra romance to the setting, while the time travel feeds the imagination of the endless possibilities of what is to come. I first read this book in junior high. Several dozen romance novels and ten years later, this is the only one I can vividly remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will reread it a lot, I know for sure. I loved how both characters were well introduced before hand instead of throwing them in the situation like other time travel books. This is definitly up there with A Knight In Shinning Armor in my opinion.
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