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A time-traveler's greatest fear is realized in a Newbery Honor winner's exploration of a modern 17-year-old's adjustment to the rigors and boredom of colonial life. Working in a reconstructed French settlement in Nova Scotia one summer, Lyn loses consciousness one day and awakens in 1774. Accepted as Elizabeth Bernard, a member of a large family that has just moved in with their grandmother, Lyn searches for a way back--yet as months pass, she finds herself more and more involved in her new family. While a fellow victim of time-slippage prefers to die escaping the fort where he is a soldier, Lyn is more resilient. Like her supposed grandmother, she chooses to make the best of the life she faces, and plans to marry the only man capable of (almost) believing her tale. (That she finds such a man stretches credulity, but the romance lightens the plot nicely.) As always, Bond builds a set of believable characters--complicated, interrelated, affected by and affecting their time. And although her story gathers momentum very slowly while she establishes setting (especially the introductory reconstruction), and the wealth of historical detail almost overwhelms the plot, readers willing to forge on will be rewarded with a fascinating exploration of what kind of personality it takes to survive trauma and change.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1988
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/Macmillan