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Independent Reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the audio file of this book.<br/><br/>I cannot word the blurb any differently, so am using the official one here.<br/><br/>A conqueror’s decree can’t separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan’s forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family’s name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil’s younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well.<br/><br/>Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn’t count on his charges’ English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds.<br/><br/>Aillil’s father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend.<br/><br/>Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan—and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover’s return. Billy doesn’t believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life.<br/><br/>But the Lost Laird knows his own.<br/><br/>OH.MY.WORD!<br/><br/>Such a beautiful book! Beautifully written, beautifully told, beautifully narrated!<br/><br/>I get ahead. I usually write a bit about the book, and then a separate bit about the narration but I can't split them apart.<br/><br/>For part of the beauty of this book, is its narration by Michael Ferraiuolo. His voices are simply brilliant! Aillil's broad, raw Scot accent. Malcolm's much softer, proper English one. The professor's voices at the school Malcolm taught, and Aillil's brothers voices. Then over time, to Billy and Neil's American voices and the much softer Scot accent of today.<br/><br/>His portrayal of Aillil, then and now, of Malcolm and Billy, of everything that happens between them, is quite simply stunning. He has such a good book to work with, in the first place!!<br/><br/>I'm struggling not to gush, about either the book or that narration. So, as much as it pains me, I'm keeping this one short.<br/><br/>I've filed in on the following shelves for the following reasons:<br/>historical, because much of the book is set late 1700's.<br/>paranormal, because...well, just because, you'll need to read it!<br/>musical theme, because there is much music in this book! oh!! *see bit further**<br/>all other shelves are self explanatory.<br/><br/>Back to the music! Violins are the instrument of choice in this book, and the way Winters describes the music, even I could hear the passion and sorrow are love and heartache in it. Its just so darn beautiful. *I know! I know, I keep saying it, but its really the best word!!*<br/><br/>I WILL however, say this much:<br/><br/>READ THE DAMN BOOK! Or better yet, get the audio book.<br/><br/>This is, as far as I can see, the first of Eden Winters I have read. It will not be the last! Its also the first book narrated by Ferraiuolo I have listened to. My wish list on Audible is now several books longer! I can't wait to see what else both the author and the narrator come up with. If there are any more of this collaboration, I want in!!<br/><br/>5 stars for the story<br/>5 stars for the narration<br/>5 stars overall.<br/><br/>Again, read the book. Even if you don't like male/male romances, its a good one to start with.<br/><br/>**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Audible.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com**
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This book is told in two parts.<br/><br/>First part is what made me want it, set in Scotland 1700’s when England and Scotland pretty much hated each other.<br/><br/>This story was brilliantly told, the teachers, first at the school, the travels, the beliefs, the falling in love.<br/><br/>Malcolm is such a wonderful character, so fun loving and sweet. Yet protective like a mother bear.<br/><br/>Aillil is this character that knows it’s is duty and birth right but his true thoughts, feelings out way in many cases and these two become a daily struggle.<br/><br/>Malcolm and Aillil are really magically together and when the author kills off Malcolm I would have stopped listening if it wasn’t a review and I was honored bound to finish.<br/><br/>Then the second story starts.<br/><br/>Centuries later, we get snippets, of star crossed lovers almost connecting but never quiet touching.<br/><br/>Finally we land in modern time, new players to the story.<br/><br/>They all meet up at the castle and the violin magically wakes up the sleeping laird that made a deal with a witch centuries ago.<br/><br/>Old sleeping laird is reunited with great great great something of Malcolm.<br/><br/>Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in reincarnation. But this whole story was too much for me. Loved the first, could have left the second sitting on the player<br/><br/>Narrator, did a marvelous job recreating the voices of the Scottish, English and then American characters.<br/><br/>I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviewers