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Trapped in another era, Jane is forced to
choose between her very life and the young man of the portrait, for she has
fallen in love with the real version of Jestyn Greywick.
Years ago, at the age of fourteen, Jane Fielder
visited England, the birth country of her parents, with her mother. A that time
a strange event took place, and one that Jane never forgot. On a tour of a
great estate with her mother, Jane became entranced by the portrait of a young
man. She noticed that he had a pendant with the gold chain wrapped around his
hand. Impulsively, Jane touched the young man’s hand and it felt warm. Now,
years later, and devastated by the death of her parents, Jane returns to England
as a foreign correspondent. She hopes the change of scene will make the loss of
her parents easier to bear, for her health has lately taken a hit. Jane is as
anxious to start her new job as she is to see the portrait again, for she wants
to find out if she just imagined that the young man’s hand felt warm to her
touch. Then when Jane touches the young man’s hand on the portrait again, she
is blasted back in time to 1803.
She stared at him. Now that he had leaned
toward her she could see his face clearly. This was the second time she had
seen this man. The first time had been when she had stared at his portrait.
Electricity zig-zaged through her body, clear down to her toes. What did this
Jane took out a tissue from her front jacket
pocket and pressed it against her cut, mopping up the blood that had trickled
to her chin and neck all the time the man was speaking to her in an irate tone:
“My brother is hurt and it appears you were
also injured and it serves you right!”
Jane shifted her leg to ease the shooting
sparks of pain going up her side and on her right arm.
“What's your name?” Jestyn asked when Jane just
stared at him.
“Of all the insolent…I have a good mind to give
you a thrashing.”
“So you beat women?”
“You're a woman? A woman wearing breeches?” His
voice was incredulous as he continued asking, “And what kind of strange
breeches are these? And where did you get this lantern? Is it magic?” The man
looked keenly at the strong light coming from the flashlight. “Did you use
“Magic?” said Jane looking down at her
flashlight. A flashlight was magic to this guy?
“Listen,” she added when he just stared at her,
“this pain is more than I can bear. I – could you help me up? My leg –
something’s wrong with my left leg. I can’t get up.”
“It’s either sprained or broken,” the man
replied. “You cannot walk on that – uh – limb for now.” His tone had changed on
hearing she was a woman rather than a rascally youth spooking his horses on
“My name is Jane Fielder,” Jane said, in a more
appeasing tone, I’m a reporter for CBS and I – I seem to have lost my way.” If
this man was the only one that could help her, in spite of his strange attire,
she should try to ask nicely.
“I’m Jestyn Greywick, miss,” he replied.
For a stunned moment Jane said nothing. Then
she dragged out a few words. “You’re kidding, aren’t you?”
“I beg your pardon?”
“This whole thing…” Jane said, “…your costume,
dressed as Jestyn Greywick…the carriage…were you – are these scenes arranged
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Miss
Fielder,” he said.
“What I mean is you can’t really be serious
about your name unless you’re – oh, I get it. You’re pretending to be Jestyn
Greywick. That was the name of the man in the portrait I saw moments ago.” Jane
felt dizzy and probably wasn’t making sense, judging by the look in the man’s
Writing and painting have been Gloria’s main
obsessions ever since she can remember. She and her husband consider themselves
very lucky to be living in a beautiful place like San Diego, California, but
most of all to have their children and grandchildren living nearby. Gloria is
inspired by the sea and couldn’t think of living away from it.
A Bridge Through Time is Gloria’s first time
travel romance. Her latest Regency romance, Enchanted Summer, is Gloria’s
seventh Regency romance Her other Regencies include the recently published
Lovely Little Liar and Scandal at Almack’s, both with Boroughs Publishing
Group, as well as Love In A Dangerous Season and Kissed In The Dark that she
self-published with Kindle Books.