Tuesday, February 05, 2019


Secret Lady

by Beth Trissel

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GENRE: New Adult, Time Travel, Romance



At Lavender House, Evie McIntyre is haunted by the whispers from her bedroom closet. Before she can make sense of their murmurs, the house "warbles" between times and transports her to the Civil War. Past and present have blended, and Evie wishes she'd paid more attention to history. Especially since former Confederate officer, Jack Ramsey, could use a heads up.

Torn between opposing forces, Jack struggles to defend the valley and people he loves. Meet-ing Evie turns his already tumultuous world upside down. Will solving the mystery of the whispers return her home, and will the handsome scout be by her side?

Against the background of Sheridan's Burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Jack and Evie fight to save their friends and themselves – or is history carved in stone?


“They brought the draft back?” This was it. She had officially lost her mind.

“It never went away. Where have you been, miss? More to the point, who are you?” His gruff demand stirred the hair at her cheek.

She tilted her face at him. Only the barest outline of his strong features was visible, and yet… Man, was he hot. Focus Evie. “I told you. I’m Evie McIntyre. I live here with my grandmother. Didn’t you realize?”

“That so? I don’t suppose you would be a spy in a Mennonite house. Still. Never know. I best get a good look at you.”

“Who would I be spying for?”

“Rebs. Neither side wishes me well. I’m in no man’s land.”

Her heart drummed wildly. “Where does that leave me?”

“That’s the question, isn’t it?” He steadied Evie on her feet.

Was it? She had no idea what was going on and watched dazedly as he took something from the leather pouch hanging over his shoulder. “What’s that?”


He’d lost her again. There must be a powerful resistance movement at work. She didn’t follow
politics. Maybe she should. Had matters come to an explosive head tonight? Why hadn’t her grandmother said something?

He drew what resembled matches from a small metal container and struck one. Sulphurous sparks added pungency to the room. He lit the stubby candle in a tin lantern on an end table. Shadows danced from the pale taper glowing through the punches in the metal. Pretty, how the light made patterns on the ceiling.

Wait. Where had that lantern come from?

The stained-glass lamp Grandma G. treasured was just there before she went to bed. Dear God in heaven. What had happened to the room?

Secret Lady is available in kindle and print at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lady-Ladies-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B07KNL7K3Z

And in eBook format from all other online publishers.


Do you believe in soul mates? In SECRET LADY, Evie McIntyre learns to believe. But, a race against time ensues to save her soul mate before Sheridan’s forces begin The Burning that desolated Virginia’s Shenandoah valley in 1864.

My interest was captured by SECRET LADY’s first sentence when the story opened in a Victorian farmhouse on the Lavender and Lace Herb Farm in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Could any site be more appropriate for a romantic adventure? But, this intriguing setting holds a secret. The house whispers to Evie and the sounds are growing stronger.  Why? What is she supposed to do?

For the farm and house tours with which Evie helps her grandmother, Evie must dress in Victorian-style clothing. As the story opens at the end of the day, Evie would like to change clothes, but that would mean going to her room where mysterious whispers call. She relents but before she can change her clothing, she is transported to September 1864 in the same house, at that time owned by the Mennonite Wenger family.

Before she can get her bearings, she encounters Jack Ramsey, a Confederate officer who has defected to join the Underground Railroad of the North. He helps pacifists and injured escape conscription into the Rebel army. He’s seeking refuge with the Wengers, whose sons he helped. When the sleep of those who live there is disturbed they welcome Jack and ask who Evie is. Grasping for an answer, Jack introduces her as his wife.  

Evie learns her grandmother can travel back and forth in time in the house. She calls the portals “warbles” that open and close. Grandma G. warns that Jack does not survive the Civil War and it’s up to Evie to save him by bringing him forward with her.

Jack has trouble believing Evie genuinely is from the future and not demented. Imagine his surprise when her predictions start coming true. Then begins their adventure, warning those they can and preparing for the onslaught. Jack wants to be a guerilla fighter, striking at small bands of Union soldiers. Evie fears if he does, he’ll be killed.

Can Jack and Evie make a difference in the lives of those who face destruction? What will it take to convince Jack he must leave with Evie?       

I enjoy Beth Trissel’s writing. She is very knowledgeable of her subject since she lives in the Shenandoah Valley and her ancestors have since Colonial times. Her descriptions of the land paint word pictures that bring the reader into the scene.  Anyone who enjoys historical romance or time travel or just good writing will enjoy reading SECRET LADY, Ladies in Time Series. I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars.


Beth Trissel, Author

Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of her inspiration. She's especially drawn to colonial America, the drama of the American Revolution, and the Civil War. And she loves a good ghost story. She writes Young Adult, New Adult, historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction. Secret Lady (Ladies in Time) was based on events that occurred to her ancestors and her husband’s Mennonite forebears during the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

Secret Lady is available in kindle and print at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lady-Ladies-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B07KNL7K3Z

And in eBook format from all other online publishers.

For more on Beth visit her blog, One Writer’s Way, at: https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com

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Mary Preston said...

I love time travel stories.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much for the fabulous review. You really got the story.

James Robert said...

Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well.

katieoscarlet said...

I like the cover art. I haven't read a lot of time travel stories before but love anything set in civil war times. Sounds like an interesting read.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great cover, thanks for sharing!

Calvin F. said...

What a lovely book, good share

Bernie Wallace said...

How many drafts of the book did you go through until you were ready to publish? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks everyone!

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds really great.

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Jodi Hunter said...

What a beautiful cover.

Anonymous said...

I ike the concept of time travel...I’d love Togo back in tie and correct mistakes I made.then I think..no learning from those experiences make me who I am today. And somethings no one wants to repeat! So I’ll just read and dream!

camila diaz said...

thank you