Winner of the 2002 Christy Award for best inspirational fiction in
its genre. ..
The entire population of the United States waits to hear the announcement of
the three winners of the new Time Lottery-where the prize isn't money but a
chance to go back into their own lives and change something. Though the odds are
absurd, hope is high. The spoils are too exciting to resist. Everyone can think
of a time in their lives they would like to relive. Everyone has an 'if only'
that hangs over them-a dream or a regret that enters their thoughts repeatedly.
If only they had finished college; if only they hadn't told off their boss; if
only they had married someone else.
The three Time Lottery winners will be privileged to travel back in time in
order to relive a portion of their lives in their Alternate Reality-their
Alternity. They enter the past without the burden (or advantage) of remembering
what happened the first time around. Yet through the technology of the Time
Lottery, they will make a different choice, and live out different results.
After one week in their pasts, the time-travelers will be given an hour of
Dual-Consciousness, a condition where they will be able to see both their lives
with full knowledge. At this point they will face a unique decision. They can
stay in the past-where the Dual-Consciousness will fade and they will live out
their lives oblivious of the future. Or, they can return to the present, their
lives made richer from their experience.
And the winners are:
Phoebe Winston Thurgood is a San Francisco socialite. She
has two grown children, every material possession ever coveted, and a husband
who is consumed with making money-which she is happy to spend. She has always
wondered what her life would have been like if she had not become rich and idle;
if she not been so weak and complacent in regards to Colin's unethical exploits;
if she had not been unhappy. She returns to 1969 when she was the secretary of
an ambitious new employee, Colin Thurgood, at Hopner, Wagner, and Greenfield.
Roosevelt Hazen is homeless. He has a lot of what-if
questions to choose from. But will he get his chance to go back in
time? The odds are against him.
a single, forty-five-year-old surgeon in Boulder, Colorado. Her one regret is
that she is alone. The joys of a husband and family have eluded her. Although
she's had numerous lovers, she has never found a partner. No one in her recent
past interests her, but there was one guy, back in high school . . . might he be
up for a little commitment if given a second chance? She returns to 1973 . . .
Meanwhile, back in the present...
Alexander MacMillan's job is to market the
Time Lottery and be the liaison between the company and the winners. His
association with the Time Lottery is no accident. Mac was drawn to the
organization after his wife was brutally murdered, leaving Mac alone to raise
5-year-old Anthony. If only he could go back before Holly was killed....