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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,906 ratings  ·  316 reviews
On the eve of wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding--in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body to discover herself pregnant ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Rue Morgue (first published 1978)
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This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. I discovered it through rather unusual circumstances. While working for an eye doctor in Boulder, Colorado, I met the author who was a patient of ours. When I learned that she was a published author, I started searching used book stores for some of her works and came across a first edition paperback of this book. I finished it in just a few days and was fortunate enough to have the author sign it for me during a follow-up visit to our office. I have ...more
I read THE MIRROR, a time travel piece of historical fiction, years ago. It was my first introduction into the genre and I loved it. I read it again about ten years later and still appreciated it as much as I did the first time. I recently pulled it off my keeper shelf and decided to see if my opinion had changed now that I am older. It did.

My 1978 copy is missing its dust jacket and some of the pages are aged. If you are lucky, you may find the book at a public library. It also could be stuffe
Shannon Lanier
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Ive read at at least a dozen times over the years. I borrowed it from the lirary one day(long ago :) and was about a dozen pages in when the author had me hooked. I rushed right out and bought the book, knowing nothing about the rest of the book. I hardly EVER do that! The book is definitely different, but unique enough to stand on its own. I finished this book in one day and while I give it 5 stars and stand behind it, I feel as if the ending could ...more
Lori (Hellian)
This is a solid 3, which means nothing earth shattering but I read it through with a great deal of enjoyment, and even *gasp* some thought! The writing itself is a far cry from "litrature" but the characters were interesting and likable. And I don't know about you, but I've always been suspicious about mirrors, especially when I was a kid - there's definitely a Twilight Zone mystique about them. Ya know, the whole "into another world" possibility. And scary thoughts, what if I don't see my refle ...more
I've had this on my wishlist for years, and my husband was kind enough to give it to me for my birthday. I've spent the past 2 days completely lost in it. I'm surprised it's not more popular, but maybe it was when it was first printed in 1978.

The story is basically about a grandmother and granddaughter who switch places in body and time when they look into a mirror that each of them received on their wedding days in different times. At this point, the story moves chronologically from past to pre
Jackie forrestal
This is a book I remember reading when I was a young girl. I loved the book then and just recently wanted to get it for my children to read. It's one you can't put down, I'm not much for fantasy books but this one was a wonderful one. I think everyone needs to read this, I know I'm going to go out and get it tomorrow......
Kerri Huff
This is a time-travel romance that I read as a teenager that I re-read every chance I get. The story revolves around the granddaughter switching places with her grandmother on the eve on her wedding...
Jacket blurb implies this is horror. Seems more like a romance so far, but not harlequin style, more classical style, with a time-travel gimmick.... ETA: Gimmick is not the right word though - it implies the TT element is light and minor but it's not; it is key to the story's premise and to the characters' development.

Ok done. Not horror, not sci-fi or fantasy, just a neat story about a couple of different young women who have an amazing adventure. I liked the descriptions of how each reacted to
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser tells the strange but original tale of four generations of woman from 1900 to 1978-79 and how their lives are interwoven and complicated by the machinations of an evil mirror.

Shay Garrett and her grandmother Brandy McCabe are switched, mentally and physically on the eve of their respective wedding day, though the ceremonies are separated by over seven decades. Far from being a comedy spun and packaged by Disney producers (although there are some humorous scenes) t
I didn't want to put this book down. A beautifully written story spanning generations of a family. All of the characters were so clearly developed and likeable.
I really loved that there was a more "adult" version of my favorite childhood book called Stranger in the Mirror by Lynn Beach. I quickly read through the first two parts in less than a day and was anxiously waiting to read part III which was the section on Brandy. Unfortunately it just was plain weird to me. I'm not sure if it was because I couldn't relate to 1978 as "the future," or because the whole scenario of Brandy/Shay spending all of that time with the crazy weirdo in a farm house. Like ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dolly by: Holli
Shelves: 2010
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I'm glad she did. "The Mirror" was very well written. The author included descriptions of places, people, and times in a facinating way.

The time setting for "The Mirror" went from 1900 through 1978. The author described the differences in society from the eras very well.
The Mirror itself was a frightening mirror with powers that transported a grandmother and granddaughter to reversing their lives. I know that sounds much like the Disney movie "
Nov 04, 2009 Roxy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Roxy by: Holli
I throughly enjoyed this book. It was not your average time travel or transportation book in my opinion. I enjoyed the way it was broken in to sections to see things from a different characters point of view.

I was, however, throughly disappointed by the end of the book. About half way through the last section it began to read like the author ran out of steam. She could have done so much more in this section and even had the details to do but opted to keep it boring. The last section of the book
OMG! I just finished this book again for the third time. I always remember that Shay and her Grandmother look into a mirror at the same time the night before their wedding days. Shay 1978 Brandy 1900. They switch bodies and live out each other's lives and have little episode where they can see what each is doing at random times, but I ALWAYS forget the wonderful story details. I'm glad I own this book. I would recommend it for everyone. I just love it.
JoAnne Pulcino


Marlys Millhiser

This is one of my all time FAVORITE books that Jeanette reminded me I hadn't reviewed.

In Boulder Colorado, in 1978 a bride steps through an ancient mirror on her wedding day, and ends up in 1900 in her grandmother's body on her wedding day.

A must read, and especially for young adults wanting to read adult fiction.

Mary  (Biblophile)
One of my all-time favorite books that I first read as young woman. The story of a young woman who on the eve of her wedding views herself in an old antique mirror and suddenly finds herself in the body of her grandmother. A hard to put down read as it captures your imagination and sometimes boggles your mind. A must read for those who love the unusual.
I've read this book twice now. It's about this teenage girl who accidentally swaps bodies with her grandmother on the eve of her wedding by looking into the mirror simultaneously. She has to live out her grandmothers life and the grandmother has to live out the granddaughter's life. It's a weird book but i couldn't put it down.
I really loved this book. Whoopie-twang! Recommended by both my mother and Alison Thurman. I can't recommend this book enough!
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I really enjoyed this book, but had alittle trouble at first keeping the characters straight: its a story of time travel, and jumps back and forth from 1900's to 1978. All in all, I really liked the story, lots of detail from both era's. This excerpt from the back of the book explains more about it, better than I can.

A classic tale of two women lost in time in the tradition of Jack Finney's Time and Again. On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into an antique mirror in her family
Tea: Why yes, please!
Overall this is another really great story, totally unappreciated. For me, it's a book I've reread again and again because it is a wonderfully written story.
The story follows two relatives, a grandmother and granddaughter who end up switching places in time. The start of the book is a little odd at first but you end up going with the flow, and soon you're even enjoying the ride. The granddaughter goes to the past to be thrust into a plain time period filled with rough hard m
Roberta Sallee
There have been many body exchange stories over the years, but this one is unique, creative, and haunting. I read it many years ago and then lost track of it. I found it on Alibris and when I re-read it, I found a lot more to it than I'd recalled.

The emphasis is more on the woman in the past (inhabited by the woman who used to be in the future).
It has all sorts of interesting twists and turns. The girl who went back's mother is her daughter now and she knows all about her...which was very confus
Oct 17, 2009 Marnie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in time travel and love story
Recommended to Marnie by: mother
This is actually the second time I read this book. I read it 15 years ago at least. I was not as impressed with it the second time around. I now have the maturity to grasp time travel and understand logic better at an older age. This book is about the story of Shay and her grandmother Brandy. At the age of twenty and on the eve of their wedding nights, Shay and her grandmother switch places in time. Shay lives out her life as her grandmother from the age of twenty on to ninety. It doesn't quite ...more
It's full of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. Well, not really.

It was good enough at first but lost steam in the latter part of the story. I think part of the problem is that Ms. Millhiser solely concentrated on Shay's new life for the first half of the book. By the time where we finally got to read (the real) Brandy's point of view, it felt like you were once again rereading Shay's version of the story.

I didn't buy Brandy running away and meeting new people; it seems like a lame attempt to spi
Judy Meed
On the evening of her wedding Shay is thrown back in time to change places with her Grandmother Brandy, also on the evening of her wedding. A seventy-five year jump for Shay back to 1900 Boulder, Colorado. Three quarters of the book follow the adventures of Shay - now known as Brandy - as she ages through the years. This is the better written and most interesting part of the book. The last section is the story of Brandy - now known as Shay - as she adapts to the casual sex and mode of dress in t ...more
I read this book 25 years ago and loved it. For years I have searched for it, and it was just barely reprinted. I read it in one day and remembered why I liked it. This is the story of a girl who looks in a mirror on her wedding day and suddenly finds herself in her grandmothers body on her grandmothers wedding day. The story tells of her experience living back in time and her grandmothers story of being forward in time and living her granddaughters life.
I read this book for the first time some 30 years ago. Parts of this novel have always stuck with me, Shay's "Whoopie Twang", an insane curiosity about jumping backwards and forwards in time, and FINALLY I NOW know why I fear looking into mirrors in antique stores! First published in 1978 I was a bit concerned it would feel dated, it wasn't. Timeless, well maybe not so much, definitely a great summer read and to escape reality!
Nov 21, 2013 Debby added it
I love this book! I love the concept of "time travel", this one has a bit of a twist to the theme. As a resident of the Denver metro area, Evergreen and Black Hawk most of my life, it was also interesting reading about places and areas I know.
One of the greatest books I've ever read - fascinating, complex, hilarious, and just downright entertaining. Really makes you think, about life and the great beyond.
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