New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland presents a sweeping romance in which true love can go beyond time…
Imogen Maxwell is on a hunt for rare, antique items to use on a period movie set. The last thing she expects to discover in the peaceful Scottish countryside is a pristine medieval sword . . . or to suddenly find herself facing its very vintage owner in a far too authentic castle.
Phillip de Piaget has run out of patience with his recalcitrant Scottish betrothed and is determined that she will join him, once and for all, in front of the altar. Only the lass he captures fleeing his would-be keep seems more interested in running away from him than talking to him. In fact, she seems to have no idea who he is.
But taming his reluctant bride is the least of his worries; it seems someone else wants him at the chapel . . . in a stone box. As for Imogen, how can he let her go, when she holds the key to not only the castle, but his heart?
Funny side-story. As I was reading this book, I was enraptured by it, but I kept thinking…something’s missing. And yet the story didn’t really need anything extra to capture my attention, so what could it be missing? I hit upon it about two-thirds of the way through. There is no sex or swearing in this book. None. Zip. Nada. I have obviously become too use to genre fiction if when I read something without sex or swearing, it feels weird.
Because this book is fantastic! I loved the time travel aspect, of course, and the fact that poor Phillip was annoyed at how he’d been kept in the dark what with the rest of his family knowing all about it. And to be honest, I think sex & swearing would have taken away from the entire novel. And especially from Phillip who is the epic knight personified.
Now, that said, I will also say that I’m not sure Phillip would have lasted well back in 1254. He let a woman best him for 5 years? I’m thinking no man who was set to ascend to a baroncy once his father stepped down would put up with Heather’s shenanigans. (Or other people’s though I can’t tell you that part – it’s far too delightful to see it for the first time when you read it.)
I adored the hero and heroine. Imogen’s constant harping on her family was annoying… until I ‘met’ her family toward the end of the book. Then it all made sense. But while she is modern, she wasn’t the typical I-can-do-anything heroine in so many novels and I really appreciated that. No, that we will leave to the character who set it all up.
I will say I would have had a hard time making the choice Imogen did at the end. Modern-day annoyance vs love of her life and no indoor plumbing? I don’t know if I could give up indoor plumbing.
The absolutely ONLY problem with the book? I want to read all of the de Paiget stories now. And at the end of the book there’s a full listing. 4 full pages of them. I’m gonna have to hit my local used bookstore me thinks. Because I really have to read the stories of all the other characters we meet. And I need to know what happened with Hamish. It’s a compulsion. I NEED to know.
I’m quite addicted to this world Kurland has dreamed up. 5 stars! I’d give it more if I could.