"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
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