"A wonderful Scottish timetravel"
Brian Skelley has been working in the United Kingdom for
the past year as part of an exchange program with the US
Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expert. When a
training exercise literally blows up, he awakens to find
himself in the year 1301, where he is taken to what should
have been the ruins of Kilbeinn Castle. Except instead he
finds a village and a very enchanting miss.
have time to deal with the deranged man that two of her
clansmen bring back for her to heal. With the death of her
husband and father she has a castle to run and the English
to keep away. However, the man whose odd clothing
identifies him as a storyteller does bring some joy back to
her people with his fanciful stories.
denying he is both English or a member of William Wallaces'
men, Brian decides the best thing for him to do would be to
try and recreate the explosion that blasted him into the
past. Getting involved with Caira isn't something he
should do, but when he learns her secrets and her fears, he
can't help but get involved.
A BLAST TO THE PAST is different with our hero going
in time rather than the heroine. So as a reader we get to
experience a unique time travel all together. Brian is a
man of strength and honor thrust into a situation he isn't
really prepared for as a supposed storyteller. I really
think its funny to think about how our movies today are
just fanciful tales and the idea of retelling them to a
group of people who live in a time of knights in shining
armor is funny. The two clansmen Malcom and Callum are a
hoot as they bicker their way through the story over
whether Brian is a member of Wallace's renegades.
a woman desperately in need of a miracle if she is going to
keep her clan and home safe. Getting used to the dialect
took me a while and I found myself reading it out loud; but
the brogue is consistent throughout the story and was easy
enough to pick up. Ms Farmer has written a wonderful novel
that combines time travel and Scottish history that
shouldn't be missed! While her previous two novels were
light and fun, with A BLAST TO THE PAST she has proven her
ability to weave an enchanting tale.
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted March 31, 2004