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The Accidental Wife by Cj Fosdick

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  • Self-determined Jessica Brewster is wary of any emotional relationship, after being betrayed in a bet. When the beloved grandmother who raised her dies, she inherits a mysterious teacup which when rubbed transports her back to 1886 in Old Fort Laramie, switching places with her look-alike great-great-grandmother—wife to her ancestor’s magnetic first husband and mother to his charming nine-year-old daughter.


         Can she pull off the charade and find a way back, or will conscience and her twenty-first century “slips” expose her identity? As true love—and a gypsy—derail her plans, her ancestor’s brother shows up with his own dark secret. Is her future in the past? Her decision could save her life...and her legacy.

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    He touched my face with both hands, feathering his fingers across my forehead, into the wells of my eyes, over my nose and cheekbones, like a blind man needing to know who stood before him. I tried not to stiffen at his touch, willing myself not to blink, not to release the fresh tears that had begun to pool. He collared my throat with his long fingers and ran a thumb over my lips. “I want my wife back. Come back to me, Mitawin,” he whispered.

    The word on the teacup; the hallmark of my deceit. Our eyes locked, and I felt my throat closing and my knees begin to quiver. For a few seconds his grip tightened around my throat, and I clamped my eyes shut with a fleeting thought. Yes, take my breath...end this tormenting deception. When he suddenly released me, I could see the pain twisting his face. He turned away and rubbed his chin against his shoulder, bracing both arms on a porch railing.

    “My shirt looks good on you, Jess,” he said hoarsely. “You always did have a thing for my shirts.”

    I cleared my throat. “You can’t sleep out here,” I said after a long silence. “Come to bed.”

    His shoulders flinched. “Is that an invitation?”

    “I only mean...you can’t be comfortable sleeping in that chair.”

    “Are you still wearing those black things?”

    I didn’t answer. What has that got to do with anything? We both started by the sudden hoot of a nearby owl, and like the volume turned up on ear phones, I was suddenly aware of other night sounds: crickets, wind rustling through the sage, my heart bumping in my chest.

Reviews

Grade 
08/19/2015

Review

FIVE STARS - 8/16/15 Goodreads Review

Couldn't put it down! From the first page to the last I was hooked. It helped spark my interest in Wyoming history. I can't wait to read the next book!

Jen Querry, Goodreads

    Grade 
    06/11/2015

    Review

    Wow! I greatly enjoyed reading *The Accidental Wife.* I'm an eclectic reader, but mostly of non-fiction. I began this wonderful book, therefore, expecting to be most interested in the historical backstory of Fort Laramie and its environs. While I certainly enjoyed the factual background I was nonetheless quickly captivated by the drama of Jessica and Jessamine. While reading the book I was conflicted about Jessica Brewster's relationships with Mitch and Tallie, never sure how I wanted the engaging story to develop. It did not disappoint. Two of my favorite novels are Richard Mathesons's *Somewhere in Time* and Robert Nathan's *Portrait of Jennie,* both also revolving around the vagaries and ephemeral aspects of time and space. *The Accidental Wife* assuredly ranks with these best-selling tomes.

    Ret. Col. Howard (Tip) Hansen

      Grade 
      04/30/2015

      Review

      Cj Fosdick’s The Accidental Wife has something for everyone! There is a little bit of everything hitting almost all the genres with her very easy to read writing and can’t put down story line draw. The characters Cj has created were very easy to become quickly invested in and immediately I fell in love with them. I found myself unable to put the book down, and the story line stayed on my mind when I was not reading it. The Accidental Wife had everything I look for in a good book and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an easy read with action, romance, drama, comedy, and a little bit of mystery. Your heart will be drawn to its characters, and you will find yourself wanting to keep reading to find out what sort adventures Jessica will find herself in as she will continues to wade her way through a time that is not her own. I cannot wait for the sequel!

        Grade 
        04/06/2015

        Review

        Once I started reading The Accidental Wife, I couldn’t put it down. I felt a connection with Jess immediately. I loved reading how she acclimated to her strange surroundings and as a teacher, myself, connected with her desire to teach the two young girls around her. After reading the last few pages, I was happy to see there will be a sequel. The characters...and the mystery in the storyline beg for an encore.

          Grade 
          03/25/2015

          Review

          I thoroughly enjoyed The Accidental Wife. I must admit I do not read a lot of this genre but on my wife's recommendation I started The Accidental Wife and could not put it down. Jess and Mitch are great characters and CJ had me debating Jess' dilemmas, cheering her achievements and happy for her joys, CJ definitely brings the reader into the story. Needles to say my wife and I are still on good terms and I absolutely would recommend The Accidental Wife.

            Grade 
            03/01/2015

            Review

            On a ski vacation, I found it hard to put this page turner down to ski--or pack up to leave. I loved all the characters, especially Mitch and Jess. I was so emotionally involved, I found myself laughing, crying, even biting my nails at the suspenseful parts of the story. I also learned a lot from all the historic references. Can't wait for the sequel!!

              Grade 
              02/25/2015

              Review

              Being an avid reader, I found The Accident Wife to be much more than a time travel story. Rich with characters that are faced with conflicts within themselves, I found myself also conflicted by their situation. Fosdick weaves a story that makes the reader come to understand the transformative power of love. Fosdick’s development of a heroine who is mix of both a modern and pioneer woman is filled with emotion, and I grew to love this spunky woman and her journey across the generations the story lies within. The struggles the family face on their homestead are true to the era. I look forward to hearing more from C.J. Fosdick.
              Lindy Hankel MD

                Grade 
                02/19/2015

                Review

                About thirty pages from the end The Accidental Wife I started crying. In the course of the story, I’d laughed out loud at phrases like “Bite me, Suzy Homemaker!” and felt a catch of breath at steamy love scenes. I fell in love with the characters and ached at their dilemma. Trust me on this: C.J. Fosdick is a helluva writer and this is a helluva story. No, trust yourself. I cannot wait to read the sequel.

                Laurel Winter
                author of Growing Wings andwinner of a World Fantasy Award for “Sky Eyes” and a McKnight Artist Fellowship
                for "Do Not Attempt This at School"

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