Another Chance to Dream

Stardust of Yesterday

This Is All I Ask

The Very Thought of You

The More I See You by Lynn Kurland
(Berkley, $6.99, PG) ISBN 0-425-17107-8
The More I See You is a time-travel romance with a wonderful sense of humor. Lynn Kurland has a great sense of history, romance and fun.

Our heroine, Jessica Blakely, hasn't been too lucky in love. She's currently vacationing in England with a man who's definitely not the man of her dreams. So after an hour at a costumed tea with her wannabe lover, Jessica wishes for a fair and gallant knight who's chivalrous, has a steady job, an even temper and will love her at least as much as he loves himself.

The next thing Jessica knows she's been transported back in time to medieval England, 1260 to be precise. Not that Jessica realizes that right off the bat you understand, but when it becomes painstakingly obvious that she's not in Kansas anymore, Jessica starts looking for a way home.

The only thing standing in her way, besides a mere 739 years, is Richard of Burwyck-on-the-Sea. Richard de Galtres is almost sorry he bothered rescuing the beautiful wench named Jessica, especially after she calls him a chauvinist -- a word he's not familiar with, but he knows from Jessica's tone of voice it can't be a good thing.

At first, Richard and his men think Jessica took a blow to the head and is bit touched from the experience. But since they believe she's a relative of the King, they take care of her.

Not that Richard is happy about it, he doesn't have time to care for a woman -- especially a woman who thinks the world is round. Richard has a home to build -- if only he could find a decent architect to do the planning.

When Jessica tells Richard her father was a carpenter and offers to help him plan his home, he laughs at the idea of a mere woman being able to accomplish such a feat However, when Jessica shows Richard a plan of the home of his dreams, he puts her in charge of the building.

So Jessica begins her new challenge and her new life: a life without a mini-mart down the street, a life that doesn't include indoor plumbing or aspirin and, even worse, there's no chocolate! Then again, Jessica is beginning to realize that Richard might be a man worth giving up everything for, even chocolate.

Ms. Kurland obviously had a good time writing The More I See You. Funny lines and situations abound in this time-travel romance; I had a good time reading this tale.

I also liked that Ms. Kurland addressed some of the aspects of time travel that never seem to be mentioned in most time-travel romances. Like how it feels to leave all the modern conveniences we take for granted. In addition, it makes perfect sense that if Jessica can travel in time there should be others who also can travel backward or forward in time.

My mother read The More I See You and was very concerned over the apparent death of Richard's closest friend, Kendrick, a very handsome and charming young man. I told my mother not to be too concerned, romance authors rarely kill off handsome and charming young men. They save them for another book [Stardust of Yesterday], and I'm looking forward to reading that story.

--Judith Flavell

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