It began nearly four hundred years ago. The Conall clan and all their people were murdered in a surprise attack, their beloved castle and all evidence of who destroyed them burned to the ground with their bodies. In the centuries following, archaeologists searched through the ruins looking for any evidence of what or who had caused the untimely demise of such a powerful Scottish clan. All efforts were fruitless, until a spell put in place by an ancient Conall ancestor finally began to work its magic…
Texas kndergarten teacher, Brielle Montgomery, finds comfort in the mundane routines of her life, but when her archaeologist mother asks her to accompany her on a dig in Scotland, she decides to step out of her comfort zone. Once in Scotland, they discover a secret spell room below the castle ruins, and Bri finds herself transported back in time and suddenly married to the castle’s ill-fated Laird. Now, she must work to change the fate of his people, all while trying to find a way to return to her home and century. But with each passing day, Bri finds herself falling more deeply in love with her new husband. If she can find a spell to bring her home, will she use it? And if she stays, will it ultimately mean her own death as well?
Years ago, I read as many back in time books that I could get my hands on. Something about them just intrigued me, I guess because it is just such an interesting premise to me. I always like the ones that went back to the late 1800’s the best, because I figured they would have better health care then. Crazy I know, but that’s where my mind went. This book goes way way back, 400 years in fact, and that was okay because I did enjoy it!
What I liked about this book:
The storyline of the book drew me in and kept me interested until the last page. The book was well written and the premise has been carefully thought out and researched by the author. The bulk of the book takes place both in present day Scotland and Scotland 400 years ago and takes place in both a castle and in the ruins of the same castle, after a horrible attack in the past, that killed an entire family and village.
The attack on the castle brings in the mystery aspect of the story. Who did it and why it happens is explained pretty early on but as this story goes back and forth in time, the people in present day Scotland are still in the dark. The main character, Bri, as the traveler back in time, has to figure out what is going on so that it can be thwarted-if possible. Her mother, who is still in the present day, is worried sick that Bri will be one of the people that dies in the castle attack and fire.
I also liked the romance, because really that is what this book is at its heart. Because Bri goes back in time and trades places with Blaire. Pretty simple. However, it’s Blaire’s wedding day to the Laird of the castle, so it makes for an interesting entry into that world for Bri.
What I didn’t like about this book:
A couple of things bothered me about this book. One was that once Bri realizes that she is really back in time, she doesn’t have a breakdown like most people would. She is upset but not as much as I would be! I just expected a bit more of a wth moment or hour or week! The other thing, it just seemed strange that when someone found out where she was from, not one person(that I can remember) asked anything about the future, other then what pretains to the mystery.
I do have say that while these things bothered me, they really didn’t bother me that much because I was totally engrossed in the story so I just went with it.
Who I would recommend this book to:
Readers who love romance or historical romance will enjoy this book.
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.