Rhapsody in Time

Rhapsody in Time

by Judith O'Brien

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ISBN-13: 9781451604603
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 502 KB

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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i actually found this book in one of those discount brand-name stores. i was bored and was just looking around. i picked this book up, and was hooked after the first couple of chapters! i ended up falling in love with this book and love this writer! i've found a couple of other books by her, and loved them too! i would definately recomend this book to anyone who loves a good book.
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Rhapsody In Time The book, Rhapsody In Time is a very spontaneous and interesting book. For example, when I first started reading the book, I thought it was going to be about a woman that goes on disastrous blind dates that her friend hooks up for her, and none of them turning out the way she had planned. Then, as I got in to the story, I found out that the book was much more than just bad blind dates. It was about Liz McShane, the main character of the story, going out and finding that special someone, that one person that was just right for her, and the adventure she went on trying to do it. The book¿s author, Judith O¿Brien, chose to tell this story in the first person point of view. I think it was a good idea for her to use this method because it gives you a deeper connection to the story and the people in it. I really felt connected to the characters, especially, the main character which was Liz McShane. Also, I was able to visualize every scene as if I was actually there because of the author¿s use of good description, which was very helpful because in the story, Liz goes back in time to the 1920s. If I were to give this book a rating, on a scale of one to ten, I would have to give this book a ten. I would give it a ten because, just from the cover of the book, I thought it was going to be one of those stories where a beautiful woman has no boyfriend or husband, and is looking for potential mates and never succeeds in finding one. Which is what the book is like in the beginning. Then the book takes an unexpected turn, which I was ready for, but I didn¿t think what happened next could have been possible in this story. I don¿t want to give away the whole story, so what I¿ll do is give you a little description to make you want to read this book. Liz McShane is the kind of girl who thinks, if she hasn¿t found a man by now, she guesses that there isn¿t anyone out there for her and all the good ones are already taken. One night Liz is at the subway station happy to be leaving a date that went horribly wrong when all of a sudden she is attacked by a man and knocks her out. When she comes to, she realizes that there are people all around her that she doesn¿t remember seeing before. All the people were dressed very nicely as if they were all headed to the same party. Liz gets off of the subway and is on her way back to her home, but the city doesn¿t look the same as when she left it. There are people every where waving flags, honking horns, yelling, screaming, shouting, and she¿s wondering what all the chaos is about. She sees a newspaper and looks at the date, and realizes that she is in 1920s New York. Liz begins to walk around the city and sees a small restaurant and goes inside. There she meets the most wonderful man she could possibly meet. His name was Alec Aarronson. They both fall in love with each other. Over all, I think this book was a great book and would recommend it to any body that wants to read it. I give this book two thumbs up. This book was so good I could read it again. I hope to find and read more books from this author.