Zachary Smith is finished with high-maintenance women, impossible clients, and paranormal adventures. He wants an ordinary life and a happily-ever-after with a fresh-faced girl next door. But when he walks through a doorway into a different century, he knows his life isn’t going to turn out quite the way he planned.
Mary de Piaget is passionate about two things: training her father’s horses and avoiding wedded bliss. But when she finds herself facing marriage to the most perfect knight in England, she fears for more than her freedom, because only she can see the malice behind the perfection. And then a chance encounter with a strangely dressed traveler kindles her hope for a different fate.
One thing I loved about this story is that it mixed the MacLeod and de Piaget storylines. Zachary is Jamie MacLeod’s brother in law. He has been living with his sister and BIL for years but works in London restoring old buildings. Just as he’s about to work on restoring Wykham Castle in present day, he is met with three ghosts – Ambrose MacLeod, Hugh McKinnon, & Fulbert de Piaget – who only have one thing on their minds – marrying him off. Knowing he’ll be trouble, they bring along one of Zachary’s ancestors to help.
One moment he is checking out Artane of present day and in the next he’s trying to hide in Artane of the 13th century with Mary, only daughter of Lord Robin. Robin gives him a little trouble, but Zachary’s main trouble is from Mary, who he instantly likes but has to recognize that while she belongs in her century, he belongs in his. After all, Jamie has warned him over and over to leave the timeline the way he found it. Never interfere.
It’s hard to keep one’s own council when a dork of all dorkdom has come to Artane once again to gain Mary’s hand in marriage.
Now here is my one fault with this book. In every other de Piaget book, Robin is shown to be a man of great intellect and understanding. He can tell the mettle of a man very quickly. And yet, he is convinced to hand his only daughter who he absolutely adores, over as wife to Geoffery of Styrr, a man who could never fight with a sword for anything – and Robin measures a man on his use of the sword. That part really harmed the book in my eyes. Because it made Robin look the fool. And Lord Robin is not a fool.
Now, besides that, I thought the way Kurland got Zach and Mary together was genius. And the reunion between Mary and a certain relative was wonderful! I keep imagining all the crazy family reunions the MacLeods and de Piagets must have between some people going to live with their loves in the past and some coming from the past to live with their loves in the future.
4 stars. It would have been 5 but the Robin thing really harmed the story in my opinion.