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Riding Shotgun [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
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March 31 1997
The author of Venus Envy takes you on a riotous ride back to one woman's future...

In a delightful contemporary farce with a riotous twist, Rita Mae Brown welcomes you to Virginia's horse country, where a fox hunt is about to lead a 1990s woman, Cig Blackwood, into a 1690s adventure of the heart.  Infidelity, single motherhood, family betrayal, and the thrill of the hunt (in many varieties) are hilariously and poignantly played out in this captivating novel of time travel and self-discovery.

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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read Feb. 12 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What's not to like - you have the Virginia countryside, animals, romance, and reincarnation?/past-life regression! Interesting lead character in unusual situation. Food for thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Mae Brown does not disappoint May 9 2001
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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. Brown's characters are so real that I wanted to join Cig in her out of this world adventure. Once again Brown masterfully produces an unusual plot and story line that engage the reader. She carries through the story with skill to the very end. Very enjoyable!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful March 14 2001
By A Customer
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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 telling. May Ms Brown continue writing for many decades to come. She is a gifted author
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sort of Back to the Future with horses June 22 2000
By Moe811
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This is another fast read by Rita Mae Brown. This is a non-mystery book set in the usual Virginia foxhunting country. A widow under alot of stress somehow is transported back to the Virginia of her ancestors and a really interesting story goes on from there. The characters are quirky and real and the story really moves. Very entertaining!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding Shotgun June 5 2000
By A Customer
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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. All in all it was one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I am looking forward to her next equine type book, although I have read most of her other ones and love them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your attention June 1 2000
By Helen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being more used to this author's mystery novels, I was expecting something along the same lines with this one. Granted there are elements of mystery here but the primary themes of the novel are love and the many forms it can take, the importance of forgiveness, and just keeping life in perspective.
The main characters were well developed, particularly the seventeenth century ones.
Above all, this was a fun book. Give it a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your attention June 1 2000
By Helen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being more used to this author's mystery novels, I was expecting something along the same lines with this one. Granted there are elements of mystery here but the primary themes of the novel are love and the many forms it can take, the importance of forgiveness, and just keeping life in perspective.
The main characters were well developed, particularly the seventeenth century ones.
Above all, this was a fun book. Give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun Feb. 17 2000
By A Customer
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Great book for escapist reading. Fun when you're tired of looking at spreadsheets and wish you could be out riding instead. We don't foxhunt in our part of the country, but Pony Club tests on it, so it's nice to get this introduction by an excellent writer. If you liked this, try "The Lady" by McCaffrey (yes, the fantasy writer). Another great horsey book. You can tell that these writers really do ride.
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