Haven MacKay has no idea that time is fleeting. Dressed in Scottish period costume, she volunteers at a historical village at the present day New England Highland Games. She gets more than she bargains for when her love spell goes awry. After searching for true love, someone honest and open, she meets a mysterious, sword-wielding warrior who fades into the mist. Not a woman destined to give up easily, she tries her spell again and is accidently cast back in time. Unaware of her new surroundings, Haven stumbles into her mystery man - kilt and all - when he nearly fells her with an arrow. Despite Laird Kirkwall Gunn's apparent dismay at finding a lost woman in the wilds, he cannot hide his interest. Haven falls for Kirk, scarred face and all, not knowing his secret... he has pledged to marry a woman from an enemy clan in order to end a century-old feud. Her heart, sanity, and life are in danger from all sides when she realizes she has traveled to 16th century Scotland. Passion simmers, but when Kirk's mortal enemy kidnaps Haven and she learns of Kirk's betrothal, her heart is broken. Even the most honorable succumb when spells, battles, death, and treachery collide. Kirk's duty and Haven's awakening desire lead them on a merry chase toward an unplanned destiny.
This is Book #1 in the Highland Games Through Time 3 book series.
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A lot of action and some time travel in between
This book ranks as the 3rd best book among the ones i've listened to so far and definitely a book that i'll keep reading in on after i write this review
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of its intriguing storyline and how the book is told through Nancy Lee Badger's point of view kept me in the loop the whole time while reading. An Unique experience overall with love and how the book changed direction throughout and not keeping it one dimensional.
Well the scenes which involved Haven because she was always the person that even though could find herself in the wrong end at times could get herself out of it and is also a very great helper at that of others.
I didn't necessarily get an extreme reaction to the book. I was very hooked from the start and reading throughout it brought me close to main characters story and help me understood them a lot as i got deeper into each chapter. It did go back and forth every now and then and threw me off a bit but i'm glad it did because it kept it from being a narrow type of book
A great book overall
Present-day herine time travel to Highlands
My Thoughts: Haven Mackay is NOT your ordinary heroine. She’s a bit quirky and more often than not she trips and falls. Aye, she’s a bit clumsy and she’d be the first to tell you. And she pretty much says what she thinks and she doesn’t appear to think much before she speaks. Some readers would like to see their heroine strong, intelligent, brave, etc. On the upside, she’s compassionate to all injured or ill, extremely forgiving and quite the fighter. But I didn’t tell you this. She’s one lovable heroine. Perhaps this fair lass, with her multiple failings and her zest for life, relates more to us in the peanut gallery. You go get ‘em girl!
The cute voice narrator Tracy Marks uses for Haven (so youthful and clean), makes her more appealing and very much in need of protection. She appears pathetically obtuse, particularly when she was thrust into the past. It took her AGES to figure out what even happened. She kept on saying, this isn’t right. As a listener of the story, I wanted to shake her! Don’t you know where you are woman? Can’t you see you’re in Scotland? Well, anyway, to get back to the character. She knew plenty about healing with herbs, dabbled in ‘spells’, knew she’d had enough of men like her last guy. She was hoping to conjure up her one true love by using what spells she had learned from a book that had past from generation to generation in her family.
On her third try, with the help of a catalyst of lightening, she finds herself in Scotland, 1598. She believes she was thrown a bit away from the Highland Games in New Hampshire, unable to wrap her mind around the possibility of time travel. She was in for a rude awaking when men chased her, a lone woman. But Kirk, clan chief kept coming to her rescue. This little firecracker, apparently a bit of a knucklehead has more to her than it is readily apparent.
The author tickles us with her sense of humor when she has Haven spewing some rather showy slang. I was rolling my eyes and laughing at the same time. The narrator’s adeptness moving from Scottish ancient speech back to Haven’s turn of phrase in her contemporary slang provided additional amusement, making silly remarks only funnier.
Kirkwell was a man of duty-- a clan chief who wanted to keep peace among the clans. He had committed to marry lady Fida just months before seeing Haven in a vision. As an honorable man, he tried to keep his distance from Haven, but didn’t do a very good job of it, sharing quite a few hot passionate scenes with her. (Kirk learns a few 21st century tricks of pleasure from Haven.) Again the narrator shows her skill showing us how frustrated he is. His heart and body are pulling him one way and his duty is pulling him another.
A certain old, frail woman, Dorcas Swann, known as a witch, moved from past to present-day New Hampshire often. She attended the New England Highland Games, had a small tent of herbs and potions she sold to participants of the festivities. She was a Seer of sorts and with her wish of the happy ever after she would ‘arrange’ to make events easier for those looking for love. She appears to know much about the happenings of present and past. Quite a mystery woman!
Lady Fida has ideas of her own on getting what she wants. Cameron, cousin of Kirkwell has eyes for the lovely Haven. Complicated? You bet! But so appealing and such a compelling listen, full of humorous moments. It seems everyone wasn’t happy with their plight, many sub-plots adding interest and depth to the story.
The author captures the antithesis of ancient Scotland and present-day life, providing a thoughtful and humorous comparison. In the end, people are all the same—past, present and future. We are all looking for our own true love and happiness.
- BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN