A Chance In Time (Native American Romance prequel)
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A Chance In Time (Native American Romance prequel)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,116 ratings  ·  119 reviews
One widow...
One time traveler...
Two lonely hearts connecting for a moment in time...

One day Penelope Jordan finds a man who’s on the brink of death and nurses him back to health. Over time, he brings out the woman that the harsh prairie made her forget she once was, and soon she falls in love with him. But will he stay with her...in her time...or will he return to the futu

Paperback, 84 pages
Published September 9th 2009 by CreateSpace
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Haley Whitehall
I'm glad this was a free ebook because it was only the shell of a story. I wouldn't even classify it as a novella. I wanted more backstory and character development. This book also failed as a romance as I didn't feel the love connection/spark between them at all. Without any build up in their relationship Penelope falls madly in love with Cole. Why?

The main characters, Penelope and Cole, have more than being born in two different centuries standing in their way. They have an unknown past! We do...more
There was a lot of potential in this short novel, which, alas, was not realised. It features a young widowed 'mail-order' bride in the USA, at the end of the 19th century. She comes across a seriously dehydrated stranger and nurses him back to health. There's a bizarre twist in that he is a time-traveller... which could have led to a very interesting story. Unfortunately, it seemed almost irrelevant. That theme was really not explored at all.

Moreover, although it started well, the novel needed...more
Kathie (katmom)
Oh dear...I wanted to like this. It was free at amazon and I thought I'd give it a try. The writer has several other books, and if they are as *good* as this one, I won't be reading them.

That's pretty harsh from me, as I LOVE this type of book, but this one wasn't well written or researched at all.

When they fed the horses STRAW, well, that was the final STRAW for me. Horse eat HAY, straw is what's leftover from wheat and it's used for BEDDING...horses don't EAT it.

It's like this author had a che...more
Ms Kathleen
I read this yesterday at the lake. While reading I kept expecting the characters, plot... to develop. I was hopeful. Then I was so bummed when it just abruptly and rather rudely just ended. I had it on Kindle. Do horses really eat straw? Does a woman really simply accept that her new husband came from the future? Why did he come back? What really happened? Does it really just end with them adopting two Native kids from the orphan train? Wow, all the gaps. No research went into this poorly writte...more
Jun 04, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Ruth Ann Nordin
Shelves: 2010
If you've read Nordin's book Meant To Be, this short story wraps up the character of Cole, the one who accidentally took 3 people back in time to the Old West.

I liked this one much better, even thought is mainly an afterthought, meant to let you know what happened to Cole. You really have to read the first book as this is NOT a standalone. I thought the writing in this one was more polished and had a better flow to the dialog. Good read.

Free kindle book that was not worth my time. I had high hopes with the description of the book, but the characters were never developed, the storyline was lacking in so many ways, and then she wrote in a completely unnecessary love scene at the very end of the book that I had to skip MANY pages to get through. Another free kindle flop.
This was jumpy and the pace was rushed. No real details of the time were given and the random sex scene at the end was unnecessary and didn't fit the rest of the book. There was no real romance in the tale.
Ashley Tetzlaff
Interesting story line. Good blend of time travel and olden days. Good process of dealing with grief and new love.

Warning: contains very graphic sexual scene. I skipped over it (I just DO NOT read such things), but my eye landed on the 3-4 pages I skipped enough times to feel like it was mental porn. If such things bother you, read this book till they get married, then just tell yourself that they lived happily ever after, and move on.

If it didn't contain that scene, I'd recommend it to a lot mo...more
I'm really glad this was a free book,I just felt like yawning all the way through the story,it just felt like it went round and round in circles with time travel and romance. I didn't enjoy the time travellers wife when I read it,and I've enjoyed this even less. it doesn't feel like the story goes anywhere,just the same things are said over and over again
Judy Bullard
I believe the author could have put more into the description and story line. Like what happened when he went back to the present time. Why was Blake after him? But then she added more than I thought was appropriate in some areas. I do not recommend this book.
May 16, 2011 Patti rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
not written very well ...
A Chance in Time by Ruth Ann Nordin
Time Travel Series Book 2
You will definitely want to read Meant to Be first to fully understand what is happening in this book. In the first book Cole Hunter steals a time machine gadget he helped create, his life was going down the tubes and he wanted to go back in time, get some gold and be back to replace the gadget by Monday. Only his co-worker found out and four people end up in Fargo, ND 1898.

This book begins where Penelope, a widow living alone in the mi...more
This one kept losing stars as I read on.

First it was the descriptions that felt slightly off. At any point I didn't completely buy Nordin's version of year 1899. Not even when there was time travel involved.

Then there were the characters. Penelope was off to a good start as a widow who had survived on her own for a year on the prairie, but when Cole enters she's a tad too happy to slip back into the obedient wife mode and succumb to his male leadership without a fight. The fixing of the barn r...more
Really wanted to like this story...a I did...in several parts. Theme of a mailorder bride making her way alone in the midweat after her husband passes way is a good one. Lots of possiblities. But parts of the story seem rushed.

While I appreciate Penelope's matter of fact attitude with the situation with which fate as placed her, she seems to develop her attachemnt to stranger Colt rather quickly.

But what really brought my rating down is the fact that some potentially interesting avenues where gl...more

From riches to rags.

(view spoiler)...more
Tracy Smith
This novella is a very short and sweet romance taking place in the spring of 1899. Penelope Jordan has faced the tragic loss of her husband of a year and finds a young stranger on her land and must nurse him back to health, not knowing the secrets that he holds. Time passes and their relationship grows but a few twists keep them from fully being together til the end when love completes them and their family.

This story was ok. The time travel element just didn't really work for me. If it had been...more
William Doyle
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I would recommend this book To anyone Who wants to Just relax And enjoy a great book.So they can just enjoy Their evening.
This book wasn't long enough or good enough to form much of an attachment. It almost tead like an outline of a novel...first this happened then that happened then he told her he was from the future (which drew no surprise or disbelief. her only comment was "nothing matters except I love you and want to marry you.") It might be a good book for a preteen except for the wedding night scene which was pretty graphic. So. Young widow meets time traveler by the side of the road. They fall in love. He d...more
Mar 02, 2012 Margaret rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance lovers
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Kristin King
This was a good short romance with a time travel aspect that went mostly undeveloped. I'm not sure why it was there really. Recommend to readers who like a bit of Florence Nightingale syndrome in the plot.
lorrie howard


I chose a 5star rating was a pleasure to read, story was cute. as always the boo ended to. soon but I loved the ending very. sweet
This was a quick, easy read and the first book I've read by Ruth Ann Nordin. It had the foudation of a great book, but I found it very slow and without any substance; no action or suspense, and no build-up of the characters. The characters "fall in love" and hardly know one another, one is a young lonely widow after have been married only a year and one is a time traveler that is sick when she finds him. It really lacks detail and spark and basically everything that keeps the storyline interesti...more
Mel Auslan Osborne
Ok so I found out this book finishes of Meant To Be...... SORRY DON'T CARE..... WOULDN'T READ PT 1 NOW IF YOU PAID ME.....

sorry this sounds brutal but there was no story to this story...... no flesh/filling to explain anything........I mean why would a woman just believe her new 'love' come from the future no questions asked... IS SHE A DITZ OR JUST IDIOTIC..... and why would he come back to the past to live with very little technology or resources when he left the future stealing this stuff, wh...more
At times rustic at times sci-fi it what comes to mind. It was a good try to mix up both the genre's but neither was successfully developed. It was confusing to understadn whether the story was of a mail order bride or a time traveller.

Though the story of Penelope had a beginning and end, Cole's story had a beginning but nothing followed. No mention of the time travel thing. How he gave away his orb to Blake...nothing. That was disappointing.

It was as if there was deadline and those many pages n...more
I obviously picked it because it seemed interesting, light, and free! Cover was better than the book. I finished this in two one hour sittings. I was interesting the first time but not so much the second. There was a lot of potential in this book and the events but there was just no detail. It was summing it all up much too quick. Plus the writing seemed worse in the second half. Plus there is a very descriptive sex scene, so i warn you for mature audiences....
Overall, a fail as a romance, fanta...more
Jan 28, 2014 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
This is a short story that I wish had been a touch longer- not much longer. For me it's a feel-good romance through most of it.
The book started off with a good set-up, but I thought it fell flat in the end. Penelope's story is a touching one, one that makes you feel for her right from the start. Cole adds and interesting twist to the situation, but I thought the story could have done without adding the bit about Martha/woape. I don't think it was needed to show Penelope's compassion for people, and wasn't necessary for the ending of the story. I downloaded the book for free from Amazon, but if I had paid for it, I would...more
I got this novella, with two others by Ruth Ann Nordin because they were free for the Amazon Kindle. After reading all three of them over the past two days, I have to say I know why they were free. There was great potential in this story, and it would have been better had it been developed into a full novel, seem from both Penelope and Cole's sides. There was such great potential in the beginning of the story, I wish it had been flushed out more in the end. I wish I could say it was worth the re...more
This was a little different from the other books that I have read by Nordin so far. After her husband dies, the main character has to go into town and stumbles on a man she assumes is dead. Well she finds out he is alive and somehow (alone) managaes to get him back to her home and nurses him back to health. The guy is actually from the future and was trying to escape from the guy following him to get the time travel device.
This is the one with the Indian woman in it (I believe she has her own bo...more
Eileen Carter

a wonderful sweet story that we delight readers. the author does a great job of describing the west in early times.
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