"Interesting Time Travel Debut"
Following her graduation from college, Katherine St. Claire
took a vacation to Scotland. One night, in the castle hotel
called Duncreag, she opened the door to a room that didn't
exist come the morning. There she spend her first night of
passion in the arms of a total stranger. She had thought it
a dream, but it had felt very real. One thing she knows for
certain, she will never love another. She returned
home to the states the very next day.
In the eight years that followed she continued to dream of
her mystery man, though the images were blurred. Suddenly
the images began to get clearer. Though she couldn't touch
or speak to the man, she could see him and he her. She
realizes at once what she must do, return to Scotland and
try to reach her lover once more. Her brother thinks she's
delusional, but she is all the family he has and he loves
The past eight years in the fifteenth century have been
just as lonely for Iain Mackintosh, who had held the woman
of his dreams in his arms for only a single night before
she'd vanished into thin air. Though his friends had tried
to convince him that he'd dreamed her, he had hard evidence
of her visit. She had left one of her cairngorm earrings
He has recently returned home for the first time in all
those years. His father has recently met with a fatal
accident. Iain is the new lord, and folks have begun to
prod him to marry and provide an heir.
The most insistent are Alasdair Davidson and Iain's Aunt
Sorcha, who appear to be thick as thieves. Both wish for
him to marry Alasdair's sister, Ailis, who is indeed sweet
and lovely. However she isn't the woman he has given his
heart to, and Alasdair is not a man he wishes to be related
to. He finds the man truly repugnant.
Iain suspects his father was murdered, and events transpire
that make him suspect the clan McPhearson. Iain had taken
a party to inspect the hillside where his father met his
fate, when they discovered a group of men in the clan's
rving Mackintosh cattle. Katherine appears to Iain in a
vision, warning him of an attack from behind.
She saves his life, but other's are not so lucky. One man
is killed, another lad is badly injured. Iain is extremely
downhearted as he prepares for bed. He checks the room
adjoining his as he often did, hoping against hope.
Disappointed yet again, he turns away but just as he does,
he notices a movement.
The reunion is joyous, and the pair immediately pledge
themselves to each other. But back in the present
Katherine's brother is not joyous. He desperately wants his
sister back. Katherine's earrings had been family heirlooms
and there had been a legend attached to them. Several
things point to Katherine being the lady of the legend, and
her fate had not been a happy one. Jeff is determined to
fetch her back no matter what the cost.
But there is yet another man who has plans for Katherine,
the man attached to the legend, a man who covets all that
Iain possesses including his wife. Who will prevail? Can
the chain of events be altered to provide a HEA?
As with many debut novels there are bound to be things that
work well and things that could have worked better. I
think Ms. Davis's work shows a lot of promise, especially
since her next novel is a straight romantic suspense. She
seems to have a flair for it. EVERYTHING IN ITS TIME
essentially a romantic suspense time travel.
First the plusses:
-- The story is set in medieval Scotland, which is my
favorite location for time travels.
-- I thought the time travel device, the cairngorm earrings
was original. I loved the clues the heroine left behind
for her brother and also the "flashbacks" she had while in
the present regarding the castle.
-- I especially like time travels in which the traveler has
family and the ability to travel in both directions. I find
this very romantic because the traveler must choose to
sacrifice an important part of their life to be with their
Things that didn't work for me:
-- I do believe in love at first site but, I have
difficulty with a young virginal woman, in a foreign
country, opening the door to an adjoining hotel room,
entering to see who's in the bed, then having sex with the
man after saying nothing more than "Excuse me", fate or no
fate. But that's just me.
-- I also was confused by the fact that Katherine thought
what transpired between them was a dream while it was
transpiring. Yet once she left and couldn't return, she
refused to believe it was a dream.
-- I love time travel paradox, but can't reconcile myself
to fact that the heroine is her own descendant. The genetic
ramifications of that boggle my mind.
-- I also love suspense and intrigue, but the hero and
heroine in this story spend more time apart than together,
separated by time, kidnapping, and the emotional
repercussions of her ordeal.
-- The heroine and her brother changed history several
times. At one point the heroine reads about the changes
they've wrought in which the Iain dies childless (at least
in his time), thereby passing the title down through his
cousin. As his daughter is no longer born in his time, she
would not meet her intended spouse or have had children in
the past and there the whole chain breaks down, because the
heroine and her brother would never have been born. They
should have ceased to exist, which means that the heroine
would never have been there to read the book and change
things yet again.
-- There was one other thing that nagged at me throughout
the story, Katherine's best friend (and her brother's love
interest) is Elaine MacQueen who is half Scots. Iain's best
friend/cousin is Ranald MacQueen. At one point when
Katherine is between worlds, able to see but not speak to
Iain, Ms. Davis indicates that there is something familiar
about Ranald. I thought she was going somewhere with the
name but never did. I suppose it was just part of
the "memories" Katherine has of her life in the past, but
then why give them the same surname? In a way I'm glad they
weren't related or my mind would really be boggled. That
would mean that Jeff (besides being descended from his
sister) would share a common ancestor with Elaine as well.
I was already worried when she claimed the Davidson's as
her ancestors. Thankfully it turned out that the St.
Claire's were not of that descent.
Nevertheless I did enjoy the story, and the secondary
romance made for a good ending and I'm wondering if Jeff's
daughter will find a use for the family heirlooms. Who
Copyright © 2001
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 22, 2001