Cherries in Winter

Cherries in Winter

by Jeffrey G Roberts


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It has been said that the veil which separates the past from the present is not as immutable as one might think. Some have equated time as a spiral. But what if we could jump from spiral to spiral? A more terrifying thought: what if it accidentally happened?

Cherries in Winter, was inspired by two events that actually occurred- one at the turn of the last century, and one in the 1930's. These are only two amongst many documented cases. This story could be categorized as a love story between two centuries, two worlds - but with a twist.

When an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot in 2016 is on a routine training mission with three other Raptors, he suddenly finds himself slammed by an unknown energy cloud. And when he regains control of his jet- he finds himself alone in the sky! All attempts at communication prove futile. But when his plane's main computer inexplicably begins to seriously malfunction, he must land. And when he does, he realizes with horror that something is very wrong- as he touches down on a Royal Flying Corps airfield- in 1916! And the shattering paradox of a massive 21st century fighter next to tiny WW I biplanes, is the least of his problems. It is wartime. The dangers of the enemy becoming aware of an F-22 would be incalculable. How do you hide it? Keep it secret?

But then the unthinkable happens: while desperately trying to lay low, and find a way home- he falls in love. Now he must keep his true identity from her, he must make certain the Germans do not become aware of him, he must be careful not to do anything that might jeopardize the natural course of history, he must find a way back to 2016, plus now he must contemplate the impossible: how to return to the 21st century with the woman he loves- without her ageing 100 years!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515043270
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

I was born in New York City during Millard Fillmore's administration. At least, I feel like that sometimes.

My Dad was a decorated ace in the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross. I think that's where I got my love of aviation from. My Mom was a saint. Period.

I soloed on Halloween, 1968, from the old Burnside-Ott Aviation Training Center at Opa-Locka Airport in Florida, graduating from North Miami Senior High that same year. I remember it was a beautiful little Cessna 150. Okay- it wasn't a Lear Jet. We can't have everything. Blue sky is blue sky.

I graduated from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, in 1974, having received a Bachelor's degree in writing and a Master's in history. Flagstaff is the home of Lowell Observatory, where Percival Lowell did so much to further our understanding of Mars at the turn of the last century, and where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. It's also the home of the U.S. Geological Survey, who were the 1st to process the pictures of Mars, sent from the old Mariner missions in the 60's.

I did awful in High School because I hated it. I did great in college because I loved it. No brainer. Now I know why Northern Arizona is called God's country. Visit it sometime! I've climbed down to the bottom of the magnificent Grand Canyon (and yes, out again - obviously) and still feel the aches and pains some 40 years later.

I started writing seriously around 1978. Prior to that I suppose I wasn't serious - shopping lists, addressing letters, hastily scribbled recipes, threatening notes to other car owners to get out of my parking space - things like that. Since then, I've written THE HEALER, plus 7 novels of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and numerous short stories.

I've always been attracted to the weird and unexplainable. I suppose it all began when I first looked into a mirror. I'm a great believer in UFO's, and detest the conspiracy of silence concerning them. I believe the future of space commercialization lies in private enterprise. As such, I also believe that Mars should be our top priority. And what will we find when we get there? Remnants of an ancient civilization. And - of course - the infamous Face on Mars.

I did my Master's thesis on THE LOST CONTINENT OF ATLANTIS. I was going to write on THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF SANTA CLAUS, but I was afraid of getting a lump of coal in my stocking that Christmas.

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Cherries in Winter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Captain Drew Mitchell is on a standard F-22 flight mission in 2016 when all of a sudden he finds himself alone and in quite a predicament. He lands in a field at an air base and finds out somehow he has traveled to 1916. Now it's up to him alone to get back to his own time. I am a big lover of books about time travel and also history. This story was awesome. It was action packed from beginning to end. It's a great time travel story. Drew is just doing his job when, BOOM, he is alone and finds himself thrown back in time. I just kept thinking wow, what if that really could happen? I loved his part in this story. He is a very realistic character. This story was a fast fun read and was filled with history and a little romance. I honestly hated to put it down, and so I read it almost all the way through in one night.
MovieGirlCH More than 1 year ago
“He started walking down a country road. He passed quaint English cottages that looked like they had come straight from the canvas of a painting; a painting that depicted a bygone era. Inside, he could see the faint glow of gas lamps and fireplaces as families gathered for their evening meal or tea. He could hear snippets of faint conversation in some homes, laughter in others. Their nation was embroiled in war; its outcome as yet uncertain. Yet they found the time to live, to laugh, and demonstrate that stiff upper lip that was almost a cliché for British resolve in the face of adversity.” The above paragraph from Jeffrey G. Roberts’ page-turning novella, “Cherries in Winter,” may have personally resonated with me the most for its ethereal qualities and warmth but it’s truly one of many that captures the ambiance and indomitable spirit of an earlier century. It is against this tenderly vulnerable backdrop that an American pilot on routine training maneuvers in 2016 suddenly discovers that his plane has gone off-course. Seriously off-course. In scenes delightfully reminiscent of early “Star Trek” episodes, Drew and his high-tech aircraft are as much a puzzlement to his military counterparts in 1916 as the handsome bachelor’s unexpected presence represents an intriguing possibility to turn the course of World War I. Complicating the equation is a beautiful and intelligent young woman named Evie, a romantic who has always dreamt of a bigger world that exists outside the borders of her small village…and yet probably never fathomed just how far such an adventure might take her. Like other women of her generation, the expectation of family and friends alike was that she’d marry the first man who came along and settle into uninspired domesticity. Evie, however, has other plans, even if the only being to whom she can confide those plans is her beloved cat. Roberts’ knowledge of and passion for all things aviation, coupled with lots of free-wheeling pilot lingo, gives the story an immersive level of authenticity, and the foreshadowing he introduces with a time-traveling tadpole injects optimism that even when lovers are literally star-crossed, Fate might still find a way to bring them together. It’s a short but smartly-paced read, my only disappointment being that a longer work would have provided the chance to let us spend more time with likable characters that we can cheer for from the get-go.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite When an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot in 2016 is on a routine training mission with three other Raptors, he suddenly finds himself slammed by an unknown energy cloud and alone in the sky. All attempts at communication prove futile. When his plane’s main computer begins to malfunction, he must land. And when he does, he discovers that he has been transported to a different place and time – an English Royal Flying Corps airfield in 1916. It is wartime and the shattering paradox of a massive 21st century fighter next to tiny WWI biplanes is the least of his problems. He has to keep his presence secret from the enemies and find a way home. However, an unexpected love comes when he meets the lovely Evangeline. Cherries in Winter by Jeffrey G. Roberts is a romantic time travelling novella that takes place between the present day in Great Falls, Montana, and the past, WWI in 1916 southern England. Roberts’ Cherries in Winter is based on real documented ‘time slips,’ particularly one that I’ve read before where two British women in 1901 walked straight into the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in the 18th century, and then found themselves minutes later back in 1901. To be frank, it makes me interested to read about this type of subject matter again. The short chapters make the plot move at a swift pace. The narration is straightforward and clean, and protagonists Captain Drew Mitchell and Evangeline Sunderland are easy to root for. All in all, this is a good read.