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HaBO: Swimming Pool Time Machine

I knew “Hot Tub Time Machine” wasn’t an original idea. From Margaret, we have this request for help:

I found your site while looking for a book I read years ago and wanted to find again.  I tried to find this book for my mom who loved it but she died before I could find it again.  I would still love to get this book in her memory.

I saw a question by “Karen” who wrote: “she had met a woman who was from our century who had fallen into a pond and ended up in their time and I believe there was a guy who disappeared from back then and wound up in our time.”

The story is about a woman, Stacey I believe, who dives into a swimming pool in our time and comes up in a pond in the 1800’s.  She’s wearing a bikini and some old folks wonder at her curious undergarment.  Stacey was a surgical nurse, I think, and she helps the local doc remove an appendix from a child.  She meets and falls in love with a man a named Ben, (I think).  He ends up dead and she is shot with arrows by indians and wakes up back in our time.  That’s about all I can remember.

It doesn’t seem to be any of the books people mentioned (in between what they would take back in time themselves LOL)

Any help to find this book would be fantastic!!!

I love “bikini time travel” as a Google search, but alas it did me no good. Anyone remember this book?



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    Hi Margaret.

    I think the book you’re looking for is JOURNEY TO YESTERDAY. Here’s a link to someone else’s search for the same book, with more detailed information:

    Hopefully this is the right one? And I hope reading it again helps bring your mother’s memory close.

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    No, I don’t know the book, but I think “Bikini Time Travel” is full of win as a book title.  Hope someone writes it soon.

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    JamiSings says:

    Don’t know the book but it reminds me of that (I think it was The Twilight Zone, perhaps The Outter Limits – I know it was in black & white) episode about the two kids with neglectful parents who find they can travel to a magical land where they’ll actually be loved by diving into their swimming pool.

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    DS says:

    Susanna Kearsley is right. It’s Journey to Yesterday by June Lund Shiplett.  There was also a sequel Return to Yesterday .  The two should be read in order and together.

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    Srinivasan says:

    This looks straight out of a Jane Austen novel.  I am not however able to recollect the name of the novel.

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    Vicki says:

    Definitely Bikini Time Travel as a title. Kind of like the traveling pants for grown-ups.

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    J says:

    JamiSings…definitely Twilight Zone – a favorite episode of mine!!

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    Meljean says:

    I had no idea there was a sequel! Agh! I HATED the ending of the first book—that’s probably why I remember it so well.

    Now I have to decide whether to pick up book #2 and douse the 25-year-old flames of hatred. But what if it ends just as badly?


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    dorian says:

    Hone #2 book will be more amazing.

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    dorian says:

    Hope #2 book will be more amazing.

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    slimlove says:

    Oh my dear Lord, June Lund Shiplett. I do believe “reap the bitter winds” was the first romance novel my mother deemed suitable for my young eyes (I was 11). It was the first in a series. I think my mom owned 6 of the 8, and I loved the first few (especially the 2nd (3rd?), “Wild Storms of Heaven.” I desperately wished my name was something cool like “Rebel”).

    When I was in college and eBay was just getting big, I found the remaining couple to finish out the series for my mom. And then realized that they went seriously off the rails there at the end. Like, all the great-grandchildren were marrying each other. The writing was crap, the storylines increasingly ludicrous, and the ever-growing cast of characters totally undeveloped.

    But just the thought of these books reminds me of a simpler time, a time when I could read silly books and not be critical of them.

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