David McBain can do the impossible with one hand tied behind his back, but miracles take him a wee bit longer. Two deployments in Afghanistan couldn't prepare Major David McBain and Captain Kenzie Wallis-Manning for the week leading up to D-Day, June 6, 1944.
From the bombed-out streets of London to the huts at Bletchley Park and an interview with Alan Turing to the 2nd Battalion Army Rangers and the beaches of Normandy, this high-stakes, time-travel, World War II romantic adventure will keep you enthralled, awake into the wee hours, and racing toward the end, only to wish it had never arrived.
West Point graduate Kenzie Wallis-Manning planned to make the Army her career, but after being severely wounded during her second deployment, and suffering from PTSD, she retires from the military and enrolls in law school.
While studying in England, she receives a package containing an emerald brooch with a Gaelic inscription. As soon as she sounds out the words engraved on the stone, she is whisked back in time to May 28, 1944.
When Elliott Fraser learns his friend's half-sister, Kenzie, has disappeared, he sends David McBain and Jack Mallory to the past to find her, and bring her and her soul mate back to the future.
Will David discover the mission pits him against the best interests of Britain? Will Jack's penchant for getting in trouble put his life at risk again? Will Kenzie find her soul mate, or will she lose more on the battlefield of this war than she did in Afghanistan?
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Best time travel romance with a twist!
I simply loved the Emerald Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan and it is my favorite in the series so far! As I said with the first book in the Celtic Brooch series, when I listen to these books, I can't help put feel totally immersed like I did the first time I read the Outlander series by Dianna Gabaldon in the early 1990's.
The story begins with West Point graduate and Army hero Kenzie Wallis-Mannging who retires from the Army after suffering substantial wounds and PTSD during her second deployment. While studying in England, she receives a package from Scotland with an Emerald Brooch. As she reads the inscription on the inside of it, she is whisked back to WWII London - a mere week before D-day. This particular book also has a twist in it that is not found in other time travel books. I can't say more or I'd be revealing a spoiler! Let me just say that Kenzie meets her soul-mate back in 1944 and both come back to present day. Both characters are portrayed realistically with flaws, fears, and hope. I especially enjoyed how the story comes “full circle” at the end and I felt that all loose ends were resolved to great satisfaction.
Teri Schnaubelt narrated this audiobook as she did with the prior three stories in the series. Her narration is simply fantastic. She really brings the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. Her reading is nicely paced throughout and she kept me enthralled listening late into the night. I can't wait for the next Celtic Brooch story!
- Janice Smith