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A Chance In Time (Native American Romance 0.5)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  1,635 Ratings  ·  132 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 time...or will he return to the futu

Paperback, 84 pages
Published September 9th 2009 by CreateSpace
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3.5 stars

Good, but too short. I really liked the sweetness of Cole and Penelope's story, but I wish we got to see more of thier interaction with Etu and Yepa the two Mandan Indian children they end up adopting.

Since I read books 1-3 first, I know that in book 3, there is some focus on the children and their love for Penelope and Cole, but we never get the full picture of what happened to their Indian parents, how they were killed and who found them and took care of them in between. I
Haley Whitehall
Sep 09, 2011 Haley Whitehall rated it did not like it
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
Jul 20, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok
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
Kathie (katmom)
May 15, 2011 Kathie (katmom) rated it did not like it
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
Ms Kathleen
Jul 11, 2011 Ms Kathleen rated it did not like it
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 really liked it
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.

May 15, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-ebook
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.
May 16, 2011 Nell rated it it was ok
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.
Onaiza Khan
Mar 29, 2015 Onaiza Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
A cute time travel romance that’ll make you skip a heartbeat or two
Ashley Tetzlaff
Sep 18, 2013 Ashley Tetzlaff rated it it was ok
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
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
May 16, 2011 Judy Bullard rated it did not like it
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.
Patti Barber
May 16, 2011 Patti Barber rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
not written very well ...
May 09, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok

From riches to rags.

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Feb 23, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 29, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Really wanted to like this story...a I 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
Tracy Smith
May 07, 2011 Tracy Smith rated it it was ok
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
Aug 17, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it
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 liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers
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Nov 08, 2011 Tammy rated it did not like it
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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 14/02/2011
Author: Ruth Ann Nordin
Recommended for: fans of romance novellas
Edition: Kindle

Even though this was a short definately had the potential to be a full length story. I read the Kindle version and found it to be rather confusing when it kept switching the view points. The author didn't expand on the characters personalities so we didn't really get a feel for what they were like so we could relate too them.

The end of the book was completely different to the rest of
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
Jun 25, 2011 Neriah rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-ebooks
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
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
May 24, 2011 Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
Sep 28, 2012 Jody rated it liked it
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
Feb 02, 2012 Faithann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle-books
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
Judy Lavik
Feb 20, 2015 Judy Lavik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time Travel Romance

Cole has invented a time travel device and used it to go back in time. He ends up in the middle of nowhere, in 1898. Penelope is a young widow who came out west as a mail-order bride, found love, then lost it only a year later when her husband died. She finds Cole, unconscious, severely sunburnt, and dehydrated. She nurses him back to health. The book would be more aptly titled A Second Chance in Time, as they each have a second chance at love, but can they overcome some treme
Jan 29, 2013 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet romance. I liked the characters and the plot. This was mostly focused on the romance and not really the time travel but it was interesting and touching. The side characters were good to and helped move the book along. The ending was perfect and sweet too. This is a good read for cuddling up, a rainy day or for a relaxing read. I would enjoy reading this again sometime. It definitely pulled on my 'getting back to the basics' mood. (Kindle Freebie) Enjoy!
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