A Gentleman and a Rogue

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Book Review for: Across the Winds of Time
Written by: Bess McBride
Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 1-60154-970-9
Avail: print/ebook
4 Stars

McBride pens an intriguing tale of love that resonates through time with "Across the Winds of Time." Molly Hamilton discovers an old Victorian house in Lilliam, Iowa and buys it. Upon inspecting the property she encounters one of the previous owners, Darius Ferguson. Dare she believe he's from 1880? Is he a ghost or a man? And why does she feel so strongly about him?

Set in the present day, Molly is driven by an unknown force to Lilliam, Iowa where she falls in love with an old Victorian house and buys it. To her surprise, a very handsome man, Darius Ferguson steps out of the winds of time. Their attraction is immediate, their love powerful. However, trying to get Darius to fit into the modern world is a challenge. As Molly uncovers secrets, there's a new set of questions. Does Molly belong to the future or the past? Will the winds of love bring Molly and Darius together or keep them apart?




McBride's writing style is easy to read. She paints lovely visuals of the setting with an easy brush, using a good economy of words.

The characters in the story shine. Molly is driven by that unknown force (love). She's sweet, kind, and caring. Darius is loyal, honorable, and noble. His speech is more old fashioned, Molly's more modern. Both characters have their quirks and nuances which make them so very human.

The paranormal ability that allows Darius and Molly to travel through time isn't clearly defined and its left for the reader to come up to their own conclusions. Did the power of love truly direct the winds of time? Was there a more naturalistic force at work? If anything, I would have preferred to have this element a bit more defined.

The story is sweet with Molly and Darius exchanging kisses and meaningful embraces. The romance in "Across the Winds of Time," promises to tug on the reader's heartstrings. I highly recommend this book.


Author Bess McBride's Giveaway:Bess will be giving away the winner's choice of a backlist eBook to one commenter at every stop, and a $25 Amazon gift card to one random commenter during the tour.

11 comments:

  1. This really does sound like a wonderful story. I love the whole out of time element.

    marypres(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Mary, and for stopping by Steph's blog today. :-)

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  2. I am really enjoying this tour. I love the story line as I really do like this genre. This was a great review.

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    1. Thank you, MomJane, for your good words and for stopping by Steph's blog today to comment. That was a lovely review, wasn't it? :-)

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  3. I'm honored to have Bess today. I really did enjoy the story. I'm a sucker for a good time travel and Bess really nailed the characters.

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    Steph

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    1. Thank you for the lovely and eloquent review, Steph, and for hosting me on your blog today. :-). I have a great deal of admiration for folks who review books, my own daughter included. I'm out running errands today but will check in with your readers later.

      Bess

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  4. Thanks for the review. Maybe defining the paranormal ability will be left up to future sequels =)

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Steph's blog and commenting, Shannon. Maybe so. I haven't done a sequel to date on any of my books, but I often contemplate additional stories using the same characters. :-)

      Bess

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  5. Steph...I really like the look of your blog. Thanks for hosting Bess today.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Steph's blog and leaving a comment today, Catherine!

      Bess

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