The first one was a Mills & Boon or harlequin or something (the cover had
been torn off) and in it the hero and the heroine are at a costume party at
a historic house when they get they get transported back in time via a
painting. He bets his watch at a poker game and gets them some money, then
they pretend to be a married couple. They can't leave until they solve the
mystery of who murdered someone in the house they got transported back in
time. I read it in highschool, so it would have been published before 1998.
The one thing that always stuck in my head is that they have sex in a
The other one I'm much fuzzier on, it was one of the first I would have
read, and it was tattered when I read it, so published pre 1997 I think. It
was set either in Salem or somewhere salem-ish, and all I really remember is
that the heroine gets tried for witchcraft (because of her knowledge of
herbs? or maybe someone was trying to get back at her?) and the hero rescues
her from jail. He has an elderly mother with arthritis in her hands, and the
heroine rubs paraffin or beeswax on them to make them better.
Was it me, or were there a few historicals set in Salem that came out within a few years of each other? Or maybe I'm thinking of the Sunfire book set in Salem, which I read about sixty times. (Gosh, I loved those books.) Does anyone recall these books for Sarina? (Also, sex in a rocking chair? I'd remember that part, too!) (Also: Thanks to BigStock for the new HaBO image!)