Sophie Ford is dying, and unless they can find a heart for her it will be sooner rather than later. Her husband James has vowed to love her forever. When Sophie suddenly disappears from their bed, James is beside himself with worry and falls into depression. He can't figure out where she went or how she could have just vanished, leaving him and the implanted heart monitor behind.
Sophie is sure her heart is stopping when the room around her begins to fade in and out, becoming a snow covered forest instead of her bedroom at home in Portland, Oregon. Sophie is fully awakened by the smell of ammonia and feeling cold. She thinks she's in heaven until she comes fully awake to the sound of a woman's voice. Sophie is taken in by Dr. and Mrs. Wade. She also discovers that she didn't die; she was transported back in time to 1863. She doesn't know why she's there or if she'll ever get back to her time or if she'll ever see her beloved husband again.
When Jamie is transported back to 1863, after a night of drinking, he wakes with little to no memory of whom he is or where he's from. All he knows is that he's wearing a military uniform. When he is reunited with his wife, he still has no memory that she is his wife, but immediately feels a connection. What neither Jamie nor Sophie realizes is that they were transported back in time for a reason. Will these two ever discover what their part is in the War Between the States? Will Jamie get his memory back?
THE BRIDE PRICE has an overall great concept when it comes to time travel back to the 1800's and the love of a couple across time.
There were some plot points I had issues with. The biggest one was when Sophie and Jamie announced they were from 2008 the characters from 1863 didn't question it even a little. I find that reaction extremely hard to swallow. If someone walked up to me today and said "I'm from 150 years in the future" and were dressed strangely, the first thing I'd do is laugh. The second thing I'd do is call for a psychiatric consult. If that's the reaction I would have, living with the technology we have, and knowing Einstein theoretically proved time travel was possible, is it really reasonable that people in 1863 would react differently?
The other problem I had with this work was the amount of bursting into tears and/or sobbing Sophie does once she gets transported back in time. Now it could just be my personal preference on this point. But for me crying every 10 pages is just annoying. I also couldn't see a modern woman just blithely accepting wearing corsets and hoop skirts and being thrust into the role of basically nothing. Again maybe this is just me and my personal preferences in heroines. I personally prefer my heroines with a spine.
Overall an OK time travel romance and great for those who would enjoy being transported back to 1863. This is the start to a series and has the potential for lots of growth as the author develops her craft.
Is love timeless? Does only one true love exist for each person? Can the course of history be changed in order to save a future generation? Sophie Ford, awaiting a heart transplant, thought she was sleeping in the arms of her beloved husband, Jamie, however, she has woken to find herself in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1863, without explanation as to how she got there, or where her husband is. She finds refuge with a doctor and his family, but develops a volatile relationship with their neighbor, Richard Madden. His expectations become difficult to ignore, and Sophie must figure out a way to hold off his advances. When a soldier shows up looking identical to Jamie, but not knowing who she is, Sophie decides she must make him remember. Will her love for him help him remember? Will they rediscover their love in the new century, or will Richard threaten their chance to reunite? Will Sophie survive the threat against her life and destiny?