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"Another Hauntingly Humorous Romance by Ms. Kurland"

Victoria McKinnon is more than a little suspicious when her pain-in-the-neck brother Thomas offers Thorpewold Castle for her upcoming performance of Hamlet. Who could turn down the chance to direct Shakespeare in a honest to goodness English castle? Of course if you've read "Three Wise Ghosts" (little sister Megan's novella) or MY HEART STOOD STILL (Thomas' own story) then you are in on the joke. If not then you'll just have to find out along with Victoria.

Following Thomas McKinnon's return to America with his new bride Iolanthe, Connor MacDougal has assumed control of the castle as its laird. He is not unfamiliar with the responsibility, having been the laird of his own keep before his untimely murder in medieval Scotland. He is in the process of interviewing a motley crew of shades for the position of his Captain of the Guard when he is brought the news that yet another pesky MacKinnon is on the way to plague him. Connor hates all McKinnons and is determined to send this V. MacKinnon packing with "his" tail tucked between "his" legs at the first opportunity.

What he hadn't expected was that V. MacKinnon was a beautiful and spirited woman. She's a canny one as well. Taking the presence of ghosts both at the Inn and at the castle in stride, she exacts a promise from Connor not to haunt her cast during their stay by promising him a part in her play. Connor like many born in his own time had never learned to read, and finds himself at the mercy of the Boar's Head Trio, the most devious group of matchmaking ghosts you'll ever come up against.

Victoria, who is otherwise savvy, is blinded by her leading man who is vain and self-serving and completely oblivious to her interest in him. Connor soon finds himself loathing the man. Although he has promised to behave himself around her cast and crew the other ghosts have promised no such thing and when one of Victoria's erstwhile relatives "several generations removed" frightens away her costume man, her Grandmother throws herself into the breach.

It is Grandma who actually sets things in motion inadvertently by disappearing during a picnic. Victoria's leading man turns up missing shortly afterward. Brother Thomas contacts Jamie MacLeod, who has appeared in numerous Kurland offerings as well as his own story (A DANCE THROUGH TIME), and is an expert on "mysterious disappearances" (i.e. time travel gates). With Jamie's aid, the MacKinnon's learn exactly where the two have gone and Victoria becomes determined to retrieve them. Mere moments after she arrives in the past, she begins to understand the perils of time travel. By the time she returns Victoria is completely disillusioned with her leading man, but she suspects she might be harboring strong feelings for yet another man she can never have. It's an impossible situation, or is it?

Lynn Kurland is a consummate storyteller. With an incorporeal hero, she must rely on sexual tension alone to fuel the romance and she succeeds in doing so beautifully and with a great deal of humor. Much Ado in the Moonlight will keep the reader on the edge of their seat unable to put the book down until the very last word.

Younger sister Jennifer is introduced in this story as an active participant in Victoria's adventures. She is single, and had been an extremely talented actress and musician. For a reason no one else is aware of, Jennifer had suddenly dropped these pursuits to assist her mother with her baby clothes business. Something is definitely awry, and knowing that the Boar's Head Trio are not about to leave any of their young descendants alone and unhappy, I have a feeling there will be a romance in store for her in the near future. Since Jennifer is not in the dark about the existence of her matchmaking ghostly relations as her siblings had been, I am waiting with breathless anticipation to see how Ms. Kurland handles that story.

Posted May 19, 2006
Copyright 2006

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 3, 2006

SUMMARY

**2006 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE**

Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Kurland pens a wonderfully romantic tale about an 800-year-old ghost and the modern woman who turns his plans for a peaceful afterlife upside down.

At last, the long-awaited story of just what happened at Thorpewold castle after Thomas McKinnon left it to the restless inhabitants . . .

When Victoria McKinnon's brother offers to finance her production of Hamlet, she leaps at the chance. She can't imagine anything better than staging Shakespeare's masterpiece in an honest-to-goodness English castle. There's just one problem: the place is haunted by a grumpy, gorgeous Highland warrior who's furious that anyone dares to invade his home.

Connor MacDougal has no intention of relinquishing his authority over Thorpewold castle to anyone, let alone a McKinnon. But when he catches a glimpse of the beautiful intruder, suddenly he can't help but wonder why it's taken eight hundred years into his afterlife to find the love of a lifetime . . .

 

Much Ado in the Moonlight
(MacLeod: Book 9)
by Lynn Kurland

Jove
May 1, 2006
Available: April 25, 2006
ISBN #0515141275
EAN #9780515141276
464 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
The Queen In Winter
Love Came Just In Time
Dreams of Stardust
To Weave a Web of Magic
A Garden In The Rain
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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