This Help a Bitch Out is from Wench, who is hopeful that one of you will recognize this book:
So after seeing the might powers of the Bitchery find titles to the most obscure books possible, and having zero luck with my own googling, here's my HaBO.
I originally read this some time in the 90s. Our Heroine finds herself back in Ye Olde Colonial Times, inhabiting the body of a woman from that time who has a younger plot-moppetish sister. Either the heroine or the woman she's possessing falls in the river and hits her head, and I think that's how this whole bunch of shenanigans get started.
She meets Our Hero, who is a furniture maker, who might be named Nathaniel. It's heading up on the Revolution, so things are in a state of serious unrest. The heroine's “father” is awful and terrible, and I think she runs away with Our Hero and hides in his house in Philadelphia. And is worried about the younger sister. They get their HEA, and there's a memorable scene at the end of the book with Nathaniel (?) wearing a bandanna, watching MTV, and making some remark about Axl Rose.
There's also some very memorable crazysauce: Our Hero's grandfather and Our Heroine's grandmother are both dead and meet up in heaven, and try to direct events from them so that OH's get their HEA. Grandmother drinks Olympia beer (which is frequently referred to as “Oly”, and you'd think that'd be one of those phrases you could use to google this shit but nooooo…) and wears those sweatshirts so popular in the 80s with the funny/clever sayings.
I have been looking for this for yeeeeeeeeaarrrrrrsssss, so hopefully y'all can help me out.
Of COURSE he wears a bandanna. Is it just me, or do you think men would have a harder time with time-travel culture shock than women, were such a thing to become possible? Sweeping gender-based judgements ahoy, obviously, but I am thinking Nathaniel would be all HOLY CRAP after the spring foward. ESPECIALLY if there were Axl Rose involved.
That said, do you remember this book?