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As a fantastic plot device, time travel doesn't compare in originality to narration by a cat, but Brown's new novel, in which a modern-day Virginian is transported back to 1699, proves every bit as giddily enjoyable as her series of Mrs. Murphy mysteries told by feline extraordinaire Sneaky Pie Brown. Pryor "Cig" Blackwood is a middle-aged widow who plays her many roles in life-mother, realtor, horse-farm proprietor and master of the local foxhunt-with simple aplomb and wit. Life hasn't been too much fun, however, since Cig's husband died a year ago-and it gets a lot grimmer when, during a foxhunt, Cig learns that he died naked in her sister's bed. Moments after that revelation, however, she's flung back into Colonial Virginia. There, she's accepted as the twin sister, newly arrived from England, of one of her ancestors, and learns much about the meaning of community and family. She also attracts two dynamic men, one of whom she beds, who fight each another for her affections. Then Cig is thrown back into the present, where she uses her newfound wisdom to reintegrate her life. With its feisty heroine, vivid period detail and well-turned plot twists, this novel is charming enough to make even the cranky Sneaky Pie purr with delight.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Brown, perhaps the only novelist to acknowledge her cat as coauthor (e.g., Pay Dirt, with Sneaky Pie Brown, LJ 10/15/95), here tells of a Nineties woman who travels back in time to 1699.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What's not to like - you have the Virginia countryside, animals, romance, and reincarnation?/past-life regression! Interesting lead character in unusual situation. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2002 by Cathy Robinson
After falling in love with the Mrs. Murphy series I found out that author Brown has a "real life" as a bonafide novelist and a darn good one at that. Read morePublished on May 8 2001 by Christine V. Smith
I have never been disappointed by any of Ms Brown's books. This is one of her best. I strongly recomend this, as a fantasy, love story and just plain good old fashioned story... Read morePublished on March 14 2001
This is another fast read by Rita Mae Brown. This is a non-mystery book set in the usual Virginia foxhunting country. Read morePublished on June 22 2000 by Moe811
I have read this book 7 times and never tire of it. My daughter is now reading it. The characters are wonderful, and having run my own barn, very believable and true to form. Read morePublished on June 4 2000
Great book for escapist reading. Fun when you're tired of looking at spreadsheets and wish you could be out riding instead. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2000