Maria Hallett was a wild fifteen year old that lived in Yarmouth, Massachusetts (Cape Cod), in the year 1713. While her huge family slept, she would dash into town to spend a few hours at Crosby Tavern. There, Maria would flirt and tease all the customers, but never went to bed with any of them. Until Sam Bellamy. Sam and Maria spent one night together while a storm raged outside. Sam was a sailor with nothing to his name. He told Maria to wait for him. He would return for her as soon as he made his fortune from the sea. To do this, Sam became a pirate.
Dr. Angus McPherson is an obstetrician living in Brewster, in the year 1992. As a violent storm rages outside, one of his patients calls to inform him that she has gone into labor. "Dr. Angus" began his trip to the hospital. However, en route he spies a man, running toward his car from a pasture, frantically waving him down. Angus braves the storm to meet the man half way. John Hallett begs Angus to help his daughter, Maria, who is at his home in the middle of a difficult delivery. Knowing his other patient would be fine, Angus agrees. In no time at all, Dr. Angus realizes he has crossed an invisible barrier and entered the past. He saves Maria's life, and that of her baby boy. Yet before he could leave to recross the pasture and return to 1992, he learns that a council meeting was forming to declare Maria a witch and to kill her. Angus can't explain the strong feelings he has for Maria after such a brief time, but to save her again Angus decides to remain in 1713 and marry her.
Maria marries the doctor to save herself, but fully expects to leave him when Black Sam finally returns for her. Angus is just as determined to earn Maria's love, so she would never leave him. The town quickly trusts the new doctor in their area. Learning to trust Maria, an accused witch, is harder. And Maria wasn't really doing anything to help matters. Maria may only be around the age of sixteen, but she is going to have to mature quickly if she ever hopes to be truly happy.
**** I found the character of Maria to be extremely vexing, to say the least. Yet considering her age, I think the author made her maturity level realistic. The doctor's character is extremely well done! Most of this story comes from his point of view. As for the people of Yarmouth and its surrounding area, they gave this story a bonus touch. The author took the time to let me, as the reader, understand them and their beliefs. All-in-all, this romance is refreshing and perfect for a beach read or while you are outside enjoying the sunshine.
This is Maria and Dr. Angus's story. I understand that Sam has his own story in the next episode "Port Call To The Future". If it turns out to be as interesting as this story, I will be very happy. We shall soon see. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.