Years ago while vacationing in Scotland, Katherine St. Claire believed she'd found the love of her life. She shared a night of passion with a stranger, in a hotel castle called Duncreag. But come morning, her lover had disappeared. And she has spent the last eight years trying to convince herself it was all a dream...
Living in the 15th century, Iain Mackintosh remains haunted by the memory of his greatest love. Eight years ago, she disappeared, leaving behind a cairngorm earring as the only evidence of her existence. Iain's family wants him to stop pining for this fantasy woman and submit to a sensible marriage. But Katherine suddenly returns to him and reveals to him where - and when she's from...
©2000 Dee Davis Oberwetter (P)2013 Dee Davis Oberwetter
I am an avid reader. I read during my commute to and from work each day, on the plane when I travel and instead of watching TV.
Okay, so it's time travel and it's necessary to suspend reality. I get that part. This is great in many ways, an old castle in Scotland, happy and knowing older couple keeping it going, earrings passed down through the generations tied to an old love story, woman following her dreams, literally! It's good. Someone should have edited it a little better in that there were a lot of inconsistencies and little consideration to the impact of going back and forth in time, but I still recommend this one for its entertainment value. It's for those of us who read a lot of books constantly, but I wouldn't recommend it for a busy person who needs to be selective about the books you have time to read.
I'm usually a sucker for a good time travel romance but this one just had too many problems. The characters changed history again and again. One character was able to use silly American idioms in his poor gaelic. And maybe some of the dialogue sounded more absurd coming from a male narrator.
I finished the book hoping it would make more sense but sadly, no. It was really too unbelievable.
The narration wasn't bad at all. He has an engaging voice, and different characters actually sound different, without being affected and silly.
The book, however... Well, it's pretty much the standard time-travel highlander romance. Girl goes back in time, girl meets and falls in love with highlander, girl gets in trouble, and can't get out of it without being saved by a man. This girl is even more helpless than average, though, hence the mediocre review. A woman can receive help without being utterly helpless and foolish.
Won't be reading anything else from the author.
Hunkie Highlander blended with Romance, Time -Travel ,and a well-crafted story line... performed by a very good narrator....I was in Audiobook Heaven !! I'm still smiling !! And I will re-read this one again :)
Time travel / fantasy is not my usual selection, so I'm glad I took a chance on this book. I will definitely listen to the next two books in the trilogy.
Probably not if this light weight, full of holes story is indicative of this author's style
Had more plot, story didn't jump around leaving holes in how the 21st century woman adapted so quickly to Medieval time.
Narrator was okay. I would listen to him again.
Don't waste a credit.
It is the first in a trilogy which may mean that I'll need to refresh my memory before I buy the next one in the series.
Ian the manly hero, who is both brave and faithful. Ross Pendleton gives him a very sexy voice!
He reads smoothly and with feeling, yet never intrudes upon the story with histrionics. He manages to assume the voice of either gender realistically, together with a genuine-sounding Scots burr. This is an achievement few narrators can pull off. I think I'd seriously consider purchasing almost anything he read.
Virtually, yes. If you count a few hours sleep in the middle, that was exactly what I did..
I had low expectations of this book due to a couple of disappointing purchases recently, but this was a little gem. I look forward to further offerings by this author provided they have the same gifted reader.
This was one of those books that is just a great story with a great narrator.
I love time travelling books and this one rates right up there with Karen Marie Morning highlander series.this is the kind of book you want to curl up with a cup of coffee and a rainy day and immerse yourself in
What can I say? Time travel romance novels are my all time favorite.
And guess what? I don't give a damn if the history is correct or not!
If I wanted a history lesson I'd buy a history book.
Iain and Katherine were just a fabulous, as were the adventure, murder, awesome love story and the great sex. Alisdair and Sorcha got exactly what they deserved!
I first read this story December 2, 2011 and I loved it! Just as I loved it the day before yesterday, when I started it again.
As to the narrator: He really did a wonderful job with the voices. However, one pet peeve I have is when the book calls for a whisper and there is none from the narrator. If you're sneaking up on the bad guys and quietly making your plans you just don't talk in your regular tone of voice. You whisper! But most of the readers just don't do that and it makes that part of the book just plain stupid. IMO..
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! THIS IS AUDIBLE, after all.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
Simply this: Time travel that just happens, sex with a man she's never met but loves immediately, marriage within a week, poor brother and best friend left behind to wonder what happened to her but have feelings for each other too....... Could a book be more cheesy? I got through a fourth of the book and THAT is saying something!
book and movie lover
Hopefully someone who is more skilled at character development!
He did okay with the material he was given. It's hard to bring the characters to life when the author can't be bothered to give them personalities.
This book would need an entire rewrite before going to the screen.
I had great hopes for this book and really wanted to like it. It had a couple of my favorite themes - time travel and historical Scotland. This was a poorly crafted story. We know nothing about the the hero and heroine before they're banging away like bunnies. Are we really to believe that a woman, who has never slept with anyone in her life, upon waking in a strange environment, would really jump into bed with some random guy without even getting his name first? The two characters had no real bond other than sex. Really, who pines for a one night stand for eight years?
And the use of clan tartans didn't start happening until the 1700s. There were plaids in the 1400s, but they weren't clan specific.
Anyway, this just felt more like a school girl's sexual fantasy than a novel. It was just poorly developed story line between sex scenes and it would have been SO MUCH better if it had been fleshed out a bit more.
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