Hello, reader friends! I’m delighted to have y’all join me and a new fictional friend of mine, Lena of Her Place in Time for a little visit today! Thanks to our author friend Stephenia H. McGee for arranging this get together.
meet Lena Lowery
Nursing student Lena Lowery had to drop out of school and never got to finish her degree…thanks to her grim diagnosis. But she refuses to give up.
When she suddenly ends up in the past, things start getting a little weird. She feels great, but how is she supposed to handle a disgruntled soldier and a Civil War hospital?
How will she find her place in time?
Describe yourself in five words.
Lena: Well, Beth, that’s a little difficult. At the moment, I am utterly confused, strangely happy, and glad to have found some purpose even if it’s possible I’m dreaming it all. But that’s probably not what you meant, is it?
Let’s see, as far as personality and such well….good gravy. I guess I never really thought about it. I would probably describe myself as hard-working, somewhat socially awkward, and opinionated. Momma would probably also add stubborn, though really, that’s kind of the same thing as opinionated according to her. That leaves one more…ah! Hopeful. Things are really crazy right now, but I’m hoping God has a plan in all of this.
Beth: Ya seem a little flustered, Lena… maybe we need to take your mind off your predicament and focus on a more pleasant topic.
So, tell us a little bit about Caleb!
Lena: Oh, well, he’s kind of…intense. I would guess that had something to do with losing his eye. I tried to help him with it, but you wouldn’t believe the dire need for proper medical sanitation around here.
He’s so different than the men—well, boys really, by comparison—that I know back home. He is incredibly masculine in that rough kind of way, but his gentlemanly manners…oh my. Let’s just say there’s something kind of intoxicating about being treated like a genuine lady.
I did manage to find a picture he had in his haversack. He’s planning on sending it his family back home, but maybe he won’t mind me sharing it since he’s not wearing the eye patch. He’s a little sensitive about that.
Beth: Now THAT is one timeless swoon-worthy hero! (I’m thinking maybe Caleb helps Lena find her place in time, just sayin’!)
What is your favorite comfort food?
Lena: I miss macaroni and cheese. We have a lot of vegetables here. That’s healthy and all, but I’m going to have to share some ideas with Peggy once this war is over. But at least the people here at Rosswood are not starving. We have peas and okra for days.
Hey, Beth, do you know the reason we still eat black-eyed peas for good luck every New Year’s down South?
Because during the Civil War that was all they had to eat through the winter, and it kept them from starving so it’s considered good luck. Around here, it’s Peggy who keeps everyone from starving, even if mostly we eat peas. But that’s beside the point.
If I can’t get back home, there are a lot of things I am going to miss. Like hot showers and indoor plumbing. And air-conditioning. And Oreos, cheesecake, mac and cheese, Italian food, and…
Now my stomach is growling. Maybe we better talk about something else.
Beth: I will eat some mac and cheese for you, my friend! I’ve never been able to eat my greens. My grandma used to make us eat black-eyed peas on New Years (they aren’t green so I usually complied), now I know the rest of the story! Subject change, coming right up…
What is your go-to beverage?
Lena: You’re killing me, Beth. Now I’m thinking about having a Coke. Even a Dr. Pepper will do at this point. Actually, anything other than well water and milk sounds delicious right now!
Beth: Oops, sorry about that, Lena! You can get a Coke in Atlanta in about twenty years… something to look forward to (on second thought, I don’t recommend the original recipe, yikes!) Uh… lemonade, apple cider, herbal teas? I’m personally a water drinker for the most part but man, I do love my ice! Thanks so much for visiting with us, Lena!
Lena: It has been delightful talking with you today, Beth. It sure is nice to get a glimpse of home. But I better get back to tending these soldiers. I might not have had the chance to finish my nursing degree before I got my diagnosis, but I certainly have a lot to teach the people here about proper hospital procedures.
Once I finish my rounds, I would love to hear from anyone who ever thought they would like to take a trip back to the past. But if you are like me and never even considered such a thing, maybe you’d still like to remind me of all the things modern conveniences you are glad we (or at least you) have in 2018!
about the book
Her Place in Time by Stephenia H. McGee
Lena Lowery faces a grim diagnosis and a dangerous surgery. Staying at the Rosswood Plantation Bed and Breakfast for one last weekend with her mother, she discovers an unimaginable cure for her brain tumor…a gown that transports her back in time.
Confederate Sergeant Caleb Dockery lost his brother, his eye, and nearly his life. Stuck in a makeshift infirmary, he’s counting the days until he can return to duty…and seek revenge. When a strange lady suddenly appears at Rosswood, he suspects she may be a spy.
When Lena’s safety is threatened, Caleb must strain the loyalties that bind him or risk losing her forever. Will she return to her own time…or can she and Caleb fight the odds and find a love that stretches across eras?
A mysterious gown, unexpected courage, and a love that transcends time.
This is a clever, sweet, romantic, and faith-filled imaginative adventure! Time travel fiction is normally NOT my cup of tea (and I’m sure Lena would agree with me on that one) BUT I have read a couple that I enjoyed AND I enjoy this author’s work so I decided to take this little novella out for a spin… I’m so glad I did! The hero is delightful and it was so fun to put myself in the heroine’s shoes (or dress) and imagine what it would be like to actually visit the past. I highly recommend Her Place in Time for a little step out of the ordinary and stretch of your imagination.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Winner of the 2012 RONE Best Inspirational Book of the year (2012) and author of six Historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee has a fascination with hoop skirts and ball gowns, Greek revival homes and horse-drawn carriages, quirky Southern sayings, and home-grown recipes.
She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and two boys, (accompanied by their two spoiled dogs and mischievous cat) where she writes stories of faith, redemption, and stories steeped in the South.
The Liberator series
Would YOU like to take a trip back to the past, reader friends?
What modern conveniences are you glad we have in 2018?
Be sure to add Her Place in Time to your tbr!