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5.0 out of 5 starsFun Time Travel Mystery
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2019
This story of Rachel, of the key and time travel was truly a magical journey that keeps you interested through the whole book. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I held my breath through some of it. I'm still not clear on the character, Morag, but I'm hoping to find out in a future book. Loved this book. Well written.
All in all a good time travel story. CONS: I did not like the black magic parts interwoven in this tale and the holes in the story from time to time. There were too many things left untold and unexplained. References to magic and prophesy weakened the story in my eyes. While I usually don't mind a clean romance, this romance lacked passion altogether bordering on platonic. PROS: Yet overall this book held my interest and I appreciated that this is a stand-alone book within a promising series. They mystery of the necklace and the key was enticing and a clever premise. This wasn't quite my cup of tea, but if you like a bit of deeply frightening black magic amidst time travel and a very clean romance then this book is for you.
Very well written and enticing. The adventure Cam has with Rachel, the woman from the future, will keep you entertained. I loved the mystery with the key and how it follows her family. Good start to this series.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
The first few chapters seemed to have so much potential. What a shame the rest of the book didn't follow suit. Scottish dialect floats in and out. There's no point to the heroine. No build up to why they would fall in love. No explanation to how or why her mother is a witch. Not even sure if any of the characters are likable. Sorry....just not what make a a good read in my opinion.
3.0 out of 5 starsTime Travel Romance with Unbelievable Conflict
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2019
In this time travel romance, the heroine, Rachel, is a young English woman who is preparing for her Masters in medieval studies. After her adoptive mother dies, she receives a strange gift to that she cannot open without a key, which was luckily found by her brother when going through things at the adoptive mother's house. When opened, the gift reveals a necklace, which when touched transports Rachel back to Scotland in the 1100s. She is immediately involved in a predicament that some clansmen believe will require human sacrifice.
Will she be sacrificed? Will the laird, in whose bedroom she initially appeared, become wrapped up in the drama or will he'll be able to control his clansmen? Will the attraction between Rachel and the Laird come to anything?
This book did not sit right with me. The crux of the conflict is based on the idea that ancient Celts or druids performed human sacrifice. Nowadays, it is not believed that this happened. I do understand that this is fiction, but at least the historical Scotland part should have some basis in Scottish reality.
Also, I thought that the book spent too much time relating feelings and events in contemporary time that didn’t matter in the Scottish part of the story; only what was relevant should have been laid out. The book has some of the common issues with grammar, punctuation, and usage, but this is not overly distracting.
If you enjoy time travel Highlander romance and can buy into the human sacrifice aspect, you might find this an enjoyable read.
I received a free advance copy, but this did not affect my review.