In this story that takes place near Denver, Colorado, two decidedly different women each experience a weird phenomenon and find themselves switched into each other's bodies but with all the memories of their former lives intact. Western pioneer woman, Mariah Cassidy is thrust into the modern day life of Taylor Morgan, a career-driven attorney; whereas, Taylor must accept a drastic slow-down as she tries to retain her sanity while adapting to a culture foreign to her previous pressure-cooker experience.
Both women are blessed with handsome, caring, supportive husbands, and there are many humorous episodes between the mixed-up couples as the riveting story gracefully unfolds. Without reservation, I was entertained by the comparisons between the life and expectations of a woman in 1872 verses 2002. Introspectively, I also could not help but wonder how different life might be for us in another hundred years or so. The plight of both women seems to resonate with the authenticity of truth for me. The happenstance of their predicament, while incredible, seems plausible and not so entirely out of the realm of possibility. The gifted author, Ginger Simpson, certainly knows how to play convincingly with time while crafting an engaging story that is filled with courage, warmth, humor and hope.
Mariah Cassidy awakens in the twentieth century. Confined in a pristine environment, hooked to tubes and beeping machines, she’s scared, confused and wondering why everyone keeps calling her Mrs. Morgan. Who is the strange man who keeps massaging her forehead and telling her everything is going to be alright?
Taylor Morgan tries to focus on her surroundings through a blinding headache. The patchwork quilt, the water basin, and the archaic room don’t strike a familiar chord. Her mouth gapes when a handsome man waltzes into the room, calls her darling, and expresses his delight that she’s on the road to recovery.
Clearly something is amiss.