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Another Brilliant #TimeTravel from Sandra Cox

Geller’s Find

by Sandra Cox

As usual, with every Sandra Cox book I’ve ever read (click here for my 5/5 reviews of Keeper Tyree, Gwen Slade, ThunderTree, Mateo’s Law, Mateo’s Blood Brother, Silverhills, Montana Shootists, and TumbleStar), this amazing author snagged me almost immediately. One of her strengths as a writer is her skill creating likeable characters that I care about in a matter of pages.

History professor and anthropologist Dr. Luke Geller is spending his summer break from teaching college archaeology exploring ancient artifacts in Nevada. Unexpectedly, he finds an old rifle–as in, from the 1880’s. Somehow, it takes him back in time to its owner, a woman rancher–Lily Winter Tremaine–who wants it back. Being an archeologist, Luke is curious about life during that time and accepts her offer to work on her ranch with several other woman. After all, he has the summer before he’s due back at classes! When several unsavory characters threaten what these women have built, Luke knows he must do whatever he can before returning to his modern world.

Yes, this is a time travel story, but unlike others I’ve read (though I haven’t read many). The moral, centered characters, authentic setting, and fast moving plot kept me reading well past my bedtime. The surprise ending ensured I wouldn’t quit until the last page was turned. Here are some of my favorite lines:

“Saffron stood on the porch waiting for her, one hand fisted on her hip, the other holding a rifle, her mahogany skin gleaming in the moonlight.

“He threw a leg over Cocoa and leaped down, his movements as smooth as a mountain cat’s. Something about him reminded her of one. Effortless motion, those knowing eyes and a bit dangerous.”

“Her face white, beads of sweat popping on her forehead, Lily turned the calf. Her eyes dilated, her nostrils greenish-brown scrubs and reached into the them again, fighting spindly branches,”

For anyone keeping score, this is the seventh of Sandra’s books I’d swear is the best yet. This is highly recommended for those who like westerns, time travel, and light romances.


It’s summer break and Dr. Luke Geller, history prof and part-time archeologist is in Nevada looking for potsherds. What he discovers is an antique rifle and a portal in time.
Touching an ancient piece of Chiastolite crystal, the earth rumbles, the skies darken and the ground opens. He’s hurled straight to the core of the earth then shot back up and spewed out.

When he stumbles to his feet, he finds himself where he began. Same, yet different. There are no winding roads. No parking lots. No cars. No town with bright lights in the distance. Only Lily Winter Tremaine, an angry young woman pointing a gun at him, demanding he hand over her rifle.

All thoughts of primitive pottery disappear as Luke finds himself fighting alongside three young women trying to hold onto their ranch against a dangerous scoundrel who intends to have the ranch by whatever means possible. Then there’s the little fact that Luke’s mightily attracted to the young woman he’s working for. A woman old enough to be his great-great granny. And Miss Lily Winter Tremaine does not figure into any of tenured professor Luke Geller’s lesson plans.

About the Author

Sandra is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina  AND writes all things Western and more. She is a category bestselling Amazon author, Eppie finalist and Golden Ankh Award winner. If you want to contact her, you can leave a message in the newsletter sign up on her blog.

Where to buy

Amazon US

Amazon Universal link

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022.

90 thoughts on “Another Brilliant #TimeTravel from Sandra Cox

  1. Congratulations on the new release!! I just started reading Luke’s story, and I am totally hooked. Jacqui nailed why I like your stories–the likeable characters. Another reason is it is a time travel. Loved how Luke was whirled away to a different era. I think you have another winner!! Yee Haw!!!

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  2. Excellent review! I love the heat Sandra instills with just a few choice words- his movements as smooth as a mountain cat’s. Something about him reminded her of one. Effortless motion, those knowing eyes and a bit dangerous.”

    Can’t wait to read this one- congrats, Sandra!

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  3. This sounds interesting. I’m not much for time-travel, but it appears to be a unique way to explore life in an earlier time. As a Nevada historian, I intrigued and wish at present I didn’t have so much reading to do for other projects. I’m also curious about how another Tarheel became interested in Nevada.

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  4. Hi Jacqui – thanks for sharing your review of Geller’s Find. Like Jill, I’ve only read a couple time travel books. Some of them have been children’s books like the Magic Treehouse series that my kids read years ago. It’s great to learn about Sarah’s books!

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  5. Congratulations to Sandra on her 7th novel. An intriguing western with a time-travel twist — nice! Thanks for bringing Sandra’s book to our attention, Jacqui!

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