Train to Yesterday
Penny Barton’s life is on track; she’s a vice-president of her company and her disastrous romantic past is finally behind her. Unfortunately, things derail quickly for her when she’s seemingly hurtled back in time to the 1850s with no known way of returning to her time period. Taken in by Emily Dawe and her handsome nephew Fletcher, Penny fights her attraction to the aloof store proprietor while entangling herself in a plot to stop the railroad coming to town.
While this book is labeled a historical romance, I found the story picked up steam when it focused on Penny’s adjustment to the 1850s and the worries of the railroad’s impact on the life of Coshocton, Ohio. The pages fairly flew for the middle portion of the book; it’s only when the focus shifted to the romance between Penny and Fletcher that the plot sagged. I never felt a true connection with them; perhaps more development of their emotional relationship would have pulled me further into their romance. The ending leaves holes large enough to drive through, but perhaps a sequel will tie up the loose threads. Overall Train to Yesterday is a good read that those who love time-slip novels will likely enjoy.