Rising Above Toni Noel Desert Breeze November 2012
This story is a sweeping saga of yesteryear in Cerro Gordo, circa 1874. Wilda is a modern day balloonist who is swept back in time. She has knowledge that other people in town don't understand. She falls for the sheriff, Hal, who offers marriage because he was alone with her during her rescue. The underlying charm of this tale is the descriptions of many aspects of daily life in the time period. Toni's flowing words transport the reader into the historical setting.
His irritation short lived, he was soon caught up in the grace of her movements. Her skirt twirled and swayed in keeping with the music. Her slender hand rested on her partner's shoulder, and she held her head in a regal pose. The glow of the lanterns fired off sparks in her shimmering curls and Hal's fingers itched to replace Frank's hand sedately placed at her waist. (p. 263)
Frank pushed the stage door closed. A whip cracked and the team raced ahead, raising a cloud of dust behind the stage. (p. 336)
Dottie reached over and squeezed Wilda's hand. "Are you having a good time, honey?"
"Better than I ever dreamed possible."
She suddenly realized how true her offhand statement was. If she should return home tomorrow, she would have these perfect memories to hold close to her heart in the years ahead. (p. 269-270)
Reviewed by Betsy Bramlett
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