A conqueror’s decree can’t separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan’s forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family’s name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil’s younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well.
Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn’t count on his charges’ English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds.
Aillil’s father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend.
Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan—and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover’s return. Billy doesn’t believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life.
This book is told in two parts.
First part is what made me want it, set in Scotland 1700’s when England and Scotland pretty much hated each other.
This story was brilliantly told, the teachers, first at the school, the travels, the beliefs, the falling in love.
Malcolm is such a wonderful character, so fun loving and sweet. Yet protective like a mother bear.
Aillil is this character that knows it’s is duty and birth right but his true thoughts, feelings out way in many cases and these two become a daily struggle.
Malcolm and Aillil are really magically together and when the author kills of Malcolm I would have stopped listening if it wasn’t a review and I was honored bound to finsih.
Then the second story starts.
Centuries later, we get snippets, of star crossed lovers almost connecting but never quiet touching.
Finally we land in modern time, new players to the story.
They all meet up at the castle and the violin magically wakes up the sleeping laird that made a deal with a witch centuries ago.
Old sleeping laird is reunited with great great great something of Malcolm.
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in reincarnation. But this whole story was too much for me. Loved the first, could have left the second sitting on the player
Narrator, did a marvelous job recreating the voices of the Scottish, English and then American charaters.