The Ruby Brooch : The Celtic Brooch

  • by Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt
  • Series: The Celtic Brooch
  • 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Sweeping Saga
As the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna is stunned to learn her life is built on lies. A legacy from her father includes a faded letter and a well-worn journal. The journal reveals she was abandoned as a baby 160 years ago. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket with the portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with magical powers. Kit decides to continue her father's 25-year search for her identity and solve her birth parents' murders.
Scotsman Cullen Montgomery, a San Francisco-bound lawyer who resembles the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood, helps her join a wagon train heading west. More dangerous than the river crossings, bad water, and disease encountered on the trail is Cullen's determination to expose her lies and uncover the source of her unusual knowledge and lifesaving powers.
Kit is convinced that if she can survive the perilous journey and Cullen's accusations, as well as thwart his attempts to seduce her, she might solve the mystery of her heritage and return home without leaving her heart on the other side of time.


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Customer Reviews

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Missed opportunity.

Let's start with the good. It's an interesting story, and probably at least partially researched. It's not a horrible book, but it is way overwritten. Our Heroine is just not to be believed. She's a 21st century woman who goes back to the 19th century. All good. Except she's an EMT. And a wonderful sketch artist. Oh, and she can recognize every classical music piece that is played to her. Did I mention she plays the guitar? And she manages to do vascular surgery on a kid injured in the wagon train. And knows karate well enough to kill three men who attack her. And she's a crack shot with handgun and an automatic rifle. And of course she's a champion horse rider. And can quote Shakespeare and other classics, as well as Robbie Burns. And both she and her love interest seem to have infinite funds. He can take a wagon train to San Francisco, then take the first boat to Panama, without worry about finances? He went to San Francisco for a job, and yet he doesn't seem to concern himself with money. And don't forget that in the 1850s they all watch YouTube videos on a particular topic - presumably, she's just happened to load her iPod (solar charger, of course) with the ones they'd need. Blah blah blah. Just a bit too much. This is a time travel novel, so some suspension of disbelief is necessary, but the characters should be credible. The story is fun, but the telling of it just isn't there.

For those concerned about sex scenes, there are several. And they're all unnecessarily detailed. I like a good sex scene as much as the next person, but they need to serve a purpose. Those in this book do not. A simple fade to black would have been sufficient for the purpose. If he entered her as the sun set in a blazing fire in the sky one more time, I think I'd have murdered both of them myself.

If you listen to the audiobook, be prepared to hear composers' names mangled - Haydn pronounced "hay"den instead of "high"den, Wagner pronounced as the actor, Robert, not the composer, Richard. Many other annoying mispronunciations as well, which grate on the listeners' ears. And don't get me started on the various accents. The alleged Scottish burr of two main characters is a disaster! And since when is a Scotsman's oath of "och" pronounced with a "CH" instead of a "k"? As one reviewer said, the narrator doing the Scots accents sounds like she's herding Leprechauns. But the narrator is the least of the problems with this book.
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- Sanny

Not for me

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I really wanted to like this book. Historic romance is my favorite genre, plus time-travel for added intrigue, and the many 5 star ratings, made it an easy choice. However, I was so disappointed.

Characterizations were flat. Kit was either crying, taking risks, or running around saving everyone. I could not relate to her at all. A woman who is stunningly beautiful (of course), and could sing, play guitar, draw, paint, cook - and bake pies! - over an open campfire, sew, teach children, ride, shoot, do martial arts, and perform surgery!! She was a bit too much to be believable. Cullen, on the other hand, spent his time either yelling at her and stomping away or lusting after her.

Some of the author's descriptions of the landscape were well done. Dialog, though, was too flowery and cliché. The reunion scene was especially bad - no heart in it, felt like actors rehearsing on a stage saying pretty things with no real emotion. I realize I'm spoiled by Diana Gabaldon, but Jamie and Claire's scene in the printshop - no comparison. I found myself rolling my eyes listening to many of the conversations.

I gave it two stars, mostly for the fact that I could finish the book, hopeful that it would end well. Meh. I will not be reading the other two books in this trilogy.

Would you ever listen to anything by Katherine Lowry Logan again?

No, her writing style is not for me.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She has a nice clear voice, easy to listen to, and her American voices were fine. Her Scots dialect, however, was awful. Hopefully they will find someone who can speak like a Scot rather than sounding like an Irish wanna-be for the remaining books in the trilogy.

What character would you cut from The Ruby Brooch?

Hmmm. Well, you can't really cut the two main characters, I guess. I did enjoy the Barrett family. They seemed much more realistic than Kit & Cullen.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad there are readers who liked this book. I tried, but I just did not care for it.

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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2015
  • Publisher: Katherine Lowry Logan