Saturday, August 20, 2016

BEYOND THE FALL by Diane Scott Lewis


In 2016, Tamara Ledbetter, dumped by her arrogant husband, travels to Cornwall, England to research her ancestors. A trip first planned with her soon-to-be-ex. In a neglected cemetery, she scrapes two fallen headstones together trying to read the one beneath, faints, and wakes up in 1789. Certain she’s caught up in a reenactment, she fast discovers the truth; she’s in the year of The French Revolution, grain riots in England, miners out of work, and she’s mistrusted by the young farmer, Colum Polwhele, who’s come to her aid. Can a sassy San Francisco gal survive in this primitive time where women have few rights? Could she fall for Colum, a man active in underhanded dealings that involve stolen grain, or will she struggle to return to her own time before danger stalks them both?


I really enjoyed this author’s interpretation of a modern woman who finds herself cast back two hundred years in only the clothes she stands up in. Tamara is pretty resourceful though and soon finds sympathetic locals who are willing to help a damsel in distress. The handsome young man who finds her isn’t fazed by her strange mode of speech either, nor her odd clothes and outspoken ways, he even finds them attractive.
Tamara soon learns that she must curb her tongue or risk getting herself and Colum Polwhele [lovely Cornish name] into serious trouble.
Colum has troubles of his own in that late 18th Century Cornwall is struggling to feed itself and the nobleman deal out harsh punishments to the troublesome peasantry.
Tamara cannot stand aside and watch the social injustices and champions not only Colum but the downtrodden maid of a local bigwig.
The story entertains and thrills at the same time and there is a good deal of humour when Tamara is asked to explain items like the bra and zip fastener.
There is a sequel coming up I believe which promises to be equally as good.

Anita Davison author of ‘Flora Maguire Cosy Mystery Series’

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