In her sparkling and hilarious debut, author Gwyn Cready introduces Persephone "Seph" Pyle, a total control freak who plans for everything -- until a pair of killer heels sends her back in time and into the arms of a ruggedly handsome sea captain straight from the pages of a romance novel.
Wandering the Pittsburgh airport before a business trip, Seph decides to kill time with some preflight shopping -- anything to get her mind off Tom Fraser, her irresistible, dimple-chinned coworker turned travel buddy. So when a pair of to-die-for pink stilettos calls her name from a store window, she tries them on -- only to be swiftly transported back to the eighteenth century and flung aboard a turbulent ship sailing the Mediterranean!
There, Seph is stunned to meet Phillip Drummond, an arrogant British pirate and the spitting image of Tom. Phillip has summoned her back in time to straighten out his complete mess of a life -- for he is the burly hero in the romance novel she someday hopes to write, and she is responsible for his destiny. But in the midst of turning things right so she can get back to reality, Seph starts to fall for the smolderingly sexy Phillip. And when Tom is thrown into the mix, she doesn't know what -- or who -- she wants. Seph soon realizes that spotting the perfect pair of shoes may be easy, but finding the perfect man can be a real trip.
Uptight business executive Persephone Pyle tries on a pair of shoes in the Pittsburgh airport and finds herself magically whisked to a ship at sea in 1706, captained by a privateer who bears a startling resemblance to her office crush, Tom Fraser. She becomes even more bewildered when she discovers that the captain, Philip Drummond, is a character from a romance novel she's been thinking about writing. In exchange for her safe passage to Venice, Drummond orders her to help him find some crucial documents that will determine the fate of the English navy. While she's falling for the roguish Philip, she finds it necessary to travel back to the 21st century and recruit Tom's help; among the time traveling, swashbuckling and office politics, Persephone is no longer sure what she wants or whom. Cready combines her disparate elements with fast-paced dialogue and a charming plot, hanging it all on a smart, sassy lead who's equally believable as a businesswoman and a writer. Tackling both time travel and the concept of authorial intent in fresh ways, this romance debut is a joy and its author worth watching.