She waltzes across time as a matchmaker, only to fall in love with the groom!
Stephanie Sergeant has returned to Natchez to live with her sister Sam in the splendid antebellum mansion both inherited from Great-aunt Magnolia. But there is no peace at Harmony House. The grand estate is haunted not only by an ever-fretful Magnolia, but also by a gaggle of ghosts from the late-nineteenth century, including the spirits of a lovelorn former governess and her five rambunctious charges.
Stephanie learns that the governess, “Miss Ebbie,” died of a broken heart after falling for the children’s widowed father. Determined to save Ebbie’s life and restore peace in the household, Stephanie soon embarks on an amazing waltz across time, straight into the arms of a dashing Southern rogue!
Stephanie is astounded to find herself transported to the year 1878, where she meets Ebbie and the children. But she is even more flabbergasted to find herself the instant romantic quarry of her devastating host, Andre Goddard. Stephanie knows she’s been sent across time on a mission, to save Ebbie’s life by matching her up with Andre. Can she transform the shy spinster into a bold and alluring creature who can capture Andre’s eye, while keeping him at bay in the meantime?
But Stephanie finds that the more she tries to pair up Ebbie with Andre, the more the sexy scamp and his five adorable children gravitate toward her. In the battle to save Ebbie’s life, will Stephanie lose her own heart instead?
"A captivating emotional tale with lush descriptions and engaging characters, charged with pure heart and smoldering sexual tension. Ms. Riley delivers another outstanding love story." —Rendezvous
"Drop-dead-gorgeous Andre [is] the classic rogue Alpha male to die for." —Publisher’s Weekly
"Ms. Riley has once again penned a fabulous tale with forceful and endearing characters. Much praise to Ms. Riley and her fertile imagination for bringing us yet again a beautiful and enchanting story!" —The Literary Times
"Eugenia Riley makes traveling in time pure ecstasy." —Harriet Klausner for Painted Rock
"Highly recommended. A superb time travel romance that will leave fans of the sub-genre clamoring for more from Ms. Riley." —-Under the Covers Book Reviews
"Well-written, entertaining and highly recommended. An intriguing plot with enough twists and turns and delicious romance to keep a reader’s interest piqued from the first to the last page." —Romance Communications
"Four and a Half Bells! An excellent story . . . a fun-filled adventure . . . just full of romance. Splendid!" —Bell, Book, and Candle
Four Stars! "Eugenia Riley weaves another tantalizing time-travel—with the added dimension of a spirit or two." —Romantic Times
Five Gold Stars! "Ms. Riley has opened a new chapter in her repertoire of most enjoyable works. The humor is gentle and endearing as she weaves the magic of love around her characters . . . and encompasses her readers." —Heartland Critiques
HOLT Medallion winning book!
In this time-travel tale, Stephanie Sergeant is whisked back to 1878 Natchez where she finds herself mistaken for the expected governess of rich, rakish widower Andre Goddard's five rambunctious children. Her attempts to bring order to the Goddard household turn into a Southern version of The Sound of Music, though the music, supplied by an inharmonious string quartet, is a running joke. Despite her attraction to Andre, Stephanie plays matchmaker, trying to pair him up with Ebbie, his late wife's cousin, but fate upends her schemes. Historical romances need detail, but they are not quite the same thing as historical novels. Riley (Wanted Across Time) is obviously captivated by Natchez, but that fascination has led her to descriptions that steal the scene rather than set the stage. Only drop-dead-gorgeous Andre, the classic rogue Alpha male to die for, saves the story.