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HaBO: Time Travel with Horses

Trudy writes:

There was a book that came out, maybe in the 80s or early 90s – the basic
plot is:
It’s a time travel. An earl, during Regency era, is attacked by someone
and travels thru time to the present. He meets up with a gal from Virginia
(I think) and she tries to help him solve what happened to him. They do all
this research and find out he was murdered (unsolved) and was the end of his
direct line to the earldom. At first he’s anxious to get back but the two
fall in love. She arranges for him to get identification, his only skill is
training horses so they buy a horse farm so he has something to do.

They go
to England and tour his ancestral home. There’s a desk with papers hidden
in a secret drawer. He discovers his cousin murdered him because he was
financially desperate. Anyway, they go back to America and have a baby or
she’s pregnant, when he is whisked off to some other time. The author also
wrote a sequel to the story of how they meet up again in time. Does this
book ring a bell with anyone? I just remember it being a fantastic book and
have been trying to find out who wrote it. Can you all help?

Is it possible his only skill is horses, if you know what I mean? (And I think you do!) It IS a romance, after all. Do you remember this book?



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  1. 1
    BevQB says:

    I hope someone knows because this is seriously going on my To Be Bought NOW list!

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    Francesca says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s Love Once in Passing by Jo Ann Simon. There’s a sequel called Love Once Again.

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    WandaSue says:

    Yup—agree:  “Love Once in Passing.”  I read this back in, oh, 1984 or so, and I STILL have it in my most treasured books collection.

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    LitaC says:

    Francesca beat me to it – the book you are looking for is “Love Once in Passing” by Jo Ann Simon.  The setting of the first book was Connecticut, and the sequel, “Love Once Again” was in Virginia.

    The first book was awesome, the second one not so much.

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    Randi says:

    Huh. It sounded a bit like a Constance O’Day Flannery novel.

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    How far can you travel with horses before giving them a break?
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    beggar1015 says:

    Is that last post a SpamBot?

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    Meghann says:


    You are thinking of A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Deveraux.

    “Deveraux offers an imaginative romantic historical fantasy, whose virtue of unpredictabiity is undermined by plodding, graceless prose. Vacationing in England with her lover, Robert, and his spoiled teenage daughter, heroine Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by them in a remote country churchyard near the tomb of Nicholas Stafford, an earl who died in 1564. Almost immediately, an armor-clad swashbuckler materializes—Nicholas himself, reincarnated in the 20th century to clear his reputation, having been unjustly convicted of treason. Intrigued by his plight, Dougless agrees to help Nicholas learn his accuser’s identity and restore his good name. They become lovers, and their adventures briefly lead Dougless back to the 1560s, allowing Deveraux to portray that period from a contemporary woman’s perspective, as well as 1988 through the eyes of a confounded Elizabethan nobleman.

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    Abi says:

    I used to LOVE Joanne Campbell’s Thoroughbred series when I was younger and now I find out she’s written romance novels! Must go buy all of them now. Thanks SBTB!

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