Celebrated actress Scarlett Thomas never wanted fame - that was her parents' dream. Now she's ready to make big changes, but she never could have imagined how big those changes would turn out to be. Returning to the medieval Dunskirk Castle, where she filmed the Puppet War trilogy, she encounters an old Scotsman named Donell who directs her to an ancient claymore that sends her back in time to 16th-century Scotland.
Scottish border lord James Hepburn, laird of Achenmeade, is a man at loose ends. The illegitimate son of the old king's illegitimate daughter, he has no place in his father's home and no freedom to forge a future of his own. When war with England looms once more on Scotland's horizon, James must not only fight for his country but also try to battle his growing attraction to a slender, sassy lass who tempts him to defy his sire and his king.
As the days pass, bringing them closer to war and to each other, Scarlett and James discover that their differences are not so profound as their similarities. But when they are confronted with the opportunity to live their lives freely, as they choose, will they seize their chance before the Battle of Flodden separates them forever?
©2014 Angeline Fortin (P)2015 Tantor
I enjoy the time travel books. I look for new ones all the time. Ferguson is a good male narrator but he really has a hard time with female voices. I can not get into the female parts. He gives them a different attitude then I feel they should have. Other than that good book. I may just have to read this one.
I enjoyed this story. It had action, romance, and a good dose of humor. Overall I would continue to follow this author. The only thing I would change is the narrator. As a narrator he does a fine job and would be great doing other books. That being said I don't think Scottish accents are his thing. He seemed strained and talked slower than an average person does, like a record set on a lower speed. Also, the narrator might be able to get away with a female voice if it's a minor part but not as a lead role. He has a good voice but just not for this story in particular. I hope they go back to the female narrator for book three.
Avid reader time permitting. Love audio books as I can multitask, love being inserted into the time & place of story thru narrators accents.
I loved this story and enjoyed Ms. Fortin's writing as well as Mr. Ferguson's narration. He always does an excellent job, and this one was no different. True, his Southern accent was truly southern, but people who are not born and raised in the south, have a stereotype they believe is the true Southern accent. Actually, it depends on which part of the south you're from as to how it should accurately sound. Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, all have several different variations, depending on location, social standing, and upbringing. Even in "Gone with The Wind", Vivien Leigh was British, not southern. Though it was irritating to many true southerners, she did as well a job as any probably would have and her "look" was right. I think anyone who complains about Mr. Ferguson's rendition, should stop complaining. It is one of the most difficult patterns of speech to replicate and I thought he did as good a job as anyone would have.. To have such a variety of voices and brogues/accents to perform, I thought he did admirably! I love Ms. Fortins plot, depth of characters, and historical accuracy/knowledge of the history. Well researched and planned out. The entire series has been enjoyable to me, audio as well as the ebook, but then I read, or listen, for the content of the story. As a past teacher, I don't allow myself to miss out on the actual story by looking for or dwelling on things I may think should have been done differently. I'm not a writer or narrator so commend those who are!
Self Proclaimed Audiobook Expert...lol.
oh my goodness. let me premise this review by saying i've had some unsatisfying stories over the past few weeks so where as this book was actually a 3.25 I bumped it up to a 4 for sheer enjoyment.
I always enjoy time traveling historicals. While I'm still confused regarding the how and why but with that aside the story was nice. I really enjoyed the sass of the heroine and the sexiness of the hero. I'll definitely look for another story from this author.
narrator 4 i LOVE Antony Ferguson. His highland brogue is awesomely sexy. His american accent is laughable and always sounds southern, but someone did him a solid and gave him a southern american character....lol. TOO FUNNY AND AWESOME!!
Scarlet and Reece's relationship. I hated the long narration.
The love between James and Scarlet was not forced. It happened slowly, and he grew to love her fiercely.
yes. Maybe. I didnt understand the ending. Why did Donell say "this will not do, I did not send her back in time for it to end this way"?
I hated Scarlet's voice. The male narration of her voice was awful
It was a reasonable good story, tho similar to many around today. Scarlett's character just didn't really come across as engaging or deserving of her relationship w the Laird. Too superficial.
Great storytelling. Suspenseful. Full of detail. I found ways to listen even all through the night. A beautiful story. I will look for more by this author.
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