In 2015, Dianna Liddell has it all: An apartment overlooking Sydney Harbour, a successful career, financial independence and a live-in fiancé with an athletic build and "the world's greatest smile". She couldn't ask for more...until she learns she is pregnant to the man she no longer desires.
Anna Endicott is the wife of a clergyman, who, in 1855, sets sail to Australia as a dutiful wife. Three years on, she has lost her country, loved ones, faith in her husband and their God, and confidence in finding happiness.
When wishes flow, timelines are crossed and new futures are forged. Places, names, and partners alter, and the values of a foreign society will see celebrated principles questioned. Familiarity fades, expectations are changed, hearts falter, and someone will find themself falling in love.
Now this intrigued Adam. While all else unnerved him, this he found fascinating. "Oh? If not steam, then what?"
From beneath hardened brows, she stared at him. "Electric, of course."
Amused, Adam laughed, only to grow temperate upon receiving Dianna's frown. On espying the woman's grave sobriety, bafflement alighted upon his soul. "Electric? As in the telegraph? Surely you jest?"
"Do I look like I'm in the mood for stand-up comedy?"
Having to speculate over what it was she was referring to, he shook his head. "You do not appear to be in a jovial mood, no."
"You got that right. I've obviously entered the twilight zone. This cannot be real."
Oh, how he wished it were not. The more this woman spoke the more confused he became.
"Where the hell did that light take me? And what caused it? I figured it was from some sort of blast. You know, like from a bomb. Oh, god; was it a terrorist attack?"
"The more I think about this the crazier it all seems. Where am I?"
Perhaps the asylum was needed after all. "This we have already established."
"Right. Sydney. Whatever. What time is it?" She checked her wristwatch as Adam viewed his pocket watch. "11:45 AM."
She looked at him through lowered lashes. "Monday."
She studied the face of her wristwatch. "The 20th."
"I was of the understanding it is the 19th."
Without looking at him, she shook her head. "April."
"Good heavens, no." His breath caught somewhere between a hiccup of laughter and a surge of hysteria upon observing the sobriety in her expression. "Dear Lord," he said, watching as she closed her eyes and turned her face from him. "Miss Liddell, please make it known you do not believe you are from the twenty-first century."
She nodded, revealing the item she held. It was not a book. She touched its glass face and vibrant images moved across it surface.
Bewildered, Adam suffered weakening of the legs. "Anna...?" Anna had been transported to the year 2015? Impossible. Yet... here Dianna Liddell stood, as tangible as his existence, and she was anything but a representation of his world.
"What year is it... in your world?" she asked.
"Uh..." Faltering without care of suitable speech and manner, Adam scratched his head; his perplex imaginings leaping from impossibilities to the whereabouts of his hat and back again. "It is the year 1858."
With what appeared to be a loss of energy, Dianna lowered herself into a sitting position upon a patch of earth and cradled her knees to her chest. Using the hand holding the black item, she pressed a thumb to her lips. "I've travelled back in time?"
Adam remained as he was, awaiting reality's return.
Posted by Carol McClain on 12th Mar 2017
Wonderful book. One thing I loved a lot about it was the characters so stayed in character in speech and attitudes, and the author never created a character anachronism despite the fact that both heroines were out of their time period. Anna Endicott was always a woman from 1855, Dianna Liddell a 2015 woman. Both learn lessons from their new times and learn to appreciate what is important in their lives. Donna Keevers Driver created a believable time travel that kept me riveted until the end. This truly was a wonderful book.
A copy of this book was provided for purposes of review.
Posted by Saundra Staats McLemore on 21st May 2016
I was totally hooked from the first chapter. The paths of two extremely unhappy and depressed women collide, plummeting one into the year 1858 and the other into the year 2015. The dialogue was credible for each time period, a well-executed plot, and I can tell much research for each time period was properly researched by the author. Add in some suspense, sexual tension, and we have the right amount of chemistry for an intriguing romance. The opportunity to choose the path in life was afforded each woman, and I kept wondering how the story would ultimately unfold. The Path Chosen is a riveting, enthralling, page-turning story. Well done Ms. Driver!
Saundra Staats McLemore - Inspirational Author