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"Romance blooms in Kurland's latest Time Travel"

Madelyn Phillips has always wanted to visit Scotland. Unfortunately the trip has not been taken under the best circumstances. Madelyn had once been blinded by her ex- fiancé's charm, but he had merely been using her. He'd even gotten her fired from her law firm for good measure. This was supposed to be her honeymoon trip, instead it was a token compensation for lost wedding expenses. It would be the last trip she would be able to afford for a long time.

Mastering driving on the wrong side of the road was quite enough without being nearly run off it by an impatient hunk in a fast black sports car. When she later comes across him in a ditch, she isn't feeling much sympathy for him, especially after her offer of aid meets with a surly refusal. He is Patrick MacLeod (brother to Jamie, a former medieval Laird and hero of A DANCE THROUGH TIME), who had accidentally stumbled upon a time gate and found himself in the present. He'd married, but had chosen poorly, and had later lost both wife and unborn child to her vices. Lisa's perfidy had left a bad taste in his mouth, and although he had made a niche for himself in this modern time, and had eventually been joined by other family members, he had no wish to involve his heart again.

Madelyn's visit isn't about to get much better anytime soon, as it seems her psychopathic ex has changed his mind yet again. Arriving ahead of her, he steals her reservation, and when she refuses to tow the line, has car returned to the rental agency as well. Just when it seems she's been backed into a corner, the kindly innkeeper (a distant descendant of Patrick's) intervenes. Thus she manages to evade Bentley and continue her tour. A visit to Culloden Field is her first inkling that strange forces are at work and that she and Patrick might share a connection. Patrick is reluctantly attracted and of course being a MacLeod, he can't ignore a lady in distress.

Unfortunately Patrick has a lunatic of his own to contend with. His ex-father-in-law has a big grudge, and is determined to destroy Patrick's happiness in any way possible. But don't forget that on Jamie's land things have a way of working themselves out -- strange ways -- from ghostly pipers, to a multitude of time gates that work whenever it happens to be convenient. Not that the path to true love is ever easy when it involves a MacLeod. Anyone doubting Madelyn's fortitude in her handling of Bentley will soon be disabused of that notion when she is thrust back into time and the hands of the MacLeod's sworn enemies. The medieval Fergussons were no knights in shining armor.

As with all of Ms. Kurland's novels the gritty scenes are balanced with heaps of humor. Patrick's family never minds their own business, anymore than the plethora of ghosts that happily haunt them. And of course it's always fun when their enemies get their just comeuppance. If you've enjoyed Lynn Kurland's time travel's in the past don't miss this latest installment.

Copyright © 2004

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 30, 2006

SUMMARY

Patrick MacLeod is haunted by his past, by events he had no control over and wishes desperately he could change. He hasn't the heart for love, nor the time for rescuing maidens in distress of their own making . . . until he sees a woman who touches his heart and stirs his soul . . . and makes him believe love might be possible after all.

For Madelyn Phillips, Scotland is the land of dreams, filled with magic, romance, and handsome Highland lords. Unfortunately, the reality of her dream vacation is no car, no luggage, and a pesky ex-fiancé determined to shadow her every move. She thinks her dreams are in vain . . . until she sees a man standing on a windswept moor, a Highlander full of secrets and longing, and Madelyn knows she has seen her destiny.

But the past isn't through with either of them, and it will take all the love each possesses to make their dreams come true . . .

 

A Garden In The Rain
(MacLeod: Book 8)
by Lynn Kurland

Berkley Pub Group
September 1, 2003
Available: September 2, 2003
ISBN #0425192024
EAN #9780425192023
432 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Lynn Kurland

Spellweaver
A Tapestry of Spells
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance
Till There Was You
Princess of the Sword
With Every Breath
The Mage's Daughter
When I Fall in Love
Star of the Morning
To Kiss in the Shadows
Much Ado in the Moonlight
The Queen In Winter
Love Came Just In Time
Dreams of Stardust
To Weave a Web of Magic
From This Moment On
Tapestry
My Heart Stood Still
A Knight's Vow
A Dance Through Time
If I Had You
Opposites Attract
The More I See You
Veils of Time
Another Chance to Dream
The Very Thought of You
Christmas Spirits
This Is All I Ask
A Dance Through Time
The Christmas Cat
Stardust Of Yesterday


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