Sunday, May 9, 2010

Random Romance Sunday: He Don't Need No Stinkin' Razor!

The Book: Bridge To Yesterday by Stephanie Mittman

The Particulars: Time Travel Romance, Harpercollins, 1995, Out of Print

The Blurb:


Investigator Mary Grace O'Reilly would go to the ends of the earth to find abducted children. But when a case took her to a mysterious Arizona canyon, she never expected to be transported one hundred years into the past--to help hell-raising cowboy Sloan Westin free his baby son from an outlaw gang. And she certainly didn't plan on letting the ruggedly handsome Sloan, spark desires impossible to deny.

With a perilous desert trek ahead of him, Sloan needed all the help he could get, even if it came from a stubborn redheaded spitfire who claimed she was from the future. But no amount of danger could stop Sloan from hungering for "Sweet Mary's" passion--or defying fate for the love of a lifetime.

Is It In Wendy's TBR?: I have other books by Mittman in my TBR, but not this one.

Any Reviews?: In one of the more awkwardly written reviews I've stumbled across in a while, Romantic Times gave this 4 Stars:
Warm and wonderful, sensual and exciting, BRIDGE TO YESTERDAY is a beautiful, ingenious novel by a bright new voice in romantic fiction.
Anything Else?: This was Mittman's debut, and she went on to write several more Americana historicals and a handful of contemporary-set books for the now-defunct Harlequin Next line (under the name Stevi Mittman). Her web site indicates she's "taking a break from writing." No word if the break is still on-going.

A couple of reasons I wanted to spotlight this title. 1) It's a time travel, and there is a small, loyal fan base for these in Romancelandia (our dear KristieJ being one of their charter members). Also, I loved that the hero has facial hair! There's something you don't see every day. The current crop of romance heroes are all depicted on covers has having been waxed half to death. When I need a beard fix, I can always count on older Americana (and western) historicals to hook me up!

And neither here nor there - "Sweet Mary?" "Stubborn redheaded spitfire?" Gah!


bafriva said...

The synopsis/blurb says Arizona, but that arch on the cover sure reminds me of Utah! Whichever state, the state of his facial hair is awesome!

JamiSings said...

Hm - On the one hand, I hate westerns. On the other, I do love me some time travel - watching modern day women mingle with men of the past. (Though you know, it would be fun to see the reverse. A man used to our more liberated times, trying to deal with a woman who thinks she's suppose to be subserviant to a man and not suppose to find pleasure in the marriage bed....)

But then again - I hate beards. I don't mind body hair - though not someone Robin Williams hairy - but facial hair is - EW!

I'm torn.

Kristie (J) said...

It is unusual to see more facial hair than just a mustache on a romance cover isn't it? I say it's a trend that might be fun to see more of.

Wendy said...

Jami: You could always try requesting it via ILL :)

KristieJ: I half expected you to chime in that either you'd 1) read it and/or 2) owned it :)

nath said...

LOL, I just think that facial hair is not in vogue even with men at the moment... I think that's one of the reasons you don't find them in books either.