Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister…800 years in the past. She’s determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can’t help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic.
After having listened to Pippa & Montgomery’s story, I was happy to find out what happened with Montgomery’s twin John. The story was good but not as satisfying as most of them. Tess and her twin sister share a tendency to try and ignore the forest for the trees and when Tess comes face to face in present day with a man who could be Montgomery, she wants nothing to do with him. Because she knows from whence he came and the last thing she wants is to be mixed up with a time traveler.
John wants nothing to do with her but keeps getting pulled as if by a magnet. For me, the vast issues in this story stem from the hero. I never got to truly know him. It was like he as a character was so used to not being known that he didn’t let us, the readers, into his world much either. And it felt like we were shown a huge part of him – his music and recording – and then it was dropped like a hot potato.
While I was happy to have John and Tess pay a visit to the past and have the de Piagets meet up with the brother they thought long dead, the fight before the two came back to the future was, well, it felt a bit too contrived. And I think the enemy would have been called out as a witch far in advance of his attack on them. Sunglasses weren’t exactly thirteenth century items.
But even with those issues, I still enjoyed the story and still give it four stars. I’m a total de Piaget fan. I want stories with Theo and Sam! Their stories are going to be a riot. And they are going to need partners who want to time travel with them.