Victoria gave him a hard, cold look. “What did I ever do to deserve this punishment?”
Jules merely smiled. “You are mistaken. This isn’t a punishment; this is an experience, one you have chosen.”
“Oh, no, I didn’t. I didn’t choose any of this.”
“Every decision you made was of your own free will. Certain circumstances have been presented—sometimes under my guidance—but every step that brought you here was yours to make. It’s all very simple, perhaps frustratingly so, but you’re here to have an experience, not to be punished. My best advice to you, my only advice, is to choose well. But if mistakes are made, you needn’t worry. You’ll always be allowed to choose again.”
Until We Meet Again – A Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel
What must she do to have everything she ever wanted?
Victoria Winters doesn’t regret her affair at Woodstock, or that she returned from the past pregnant with a daughter who would never know her father. Maggie is the light of her life and her only desire is for the two of them to live happily ever after, but she’s deeply indebted to the Maestro, a mysterious man who saved her life in exchange for becoming his time-traveling courier. Victoria has spent the last four years caring for her daughter, but she still has time to pay, and now she’s being recalled into service to travel to Manhattan in 1888 to retrieve a lost Stradivarius violin.
The Maestro has tracked the missing violin to Robert Stevenson, a successful investment banker living the good life in the gilded age of Manhattan. After his wife’s untimely death he seeks to employ a new governess for his eight year old daughter. When Victoria shows up at his front door it’s obvious she’s the perfect candidate for the job, even though he suspects there’s much more to Miss Winters than she’s willing to tell.
If Victoria can find the violin within three weeks, she’ll earn extra time off her ten-year contract with the Maestro. If she fails, she risks losing her daughter, and possibly her life. Before her assignment is over, she’ll be forced to decide; what is she be willing to lose to have everything she ever wanted?