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Librarian's Note: The ISBN 0671536753 for this book was also used by "The Law Is a Lady" by Nora Roberts.

Kate Sutherland always felt out of place in brash and modern Southern California. But when she comes to her ancestral home in the Shetland Islands to seek a mystical guide who may shed light on her true heritage, Kate is plagued with visions of a life from five centurie
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Paperback, 375 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Pocket Books
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Lexy’s Review
This is a tale of courage. This is a tale of reaching deep within yourself to find the missing pieces of your soul.

Kate is so much more than a young woman searching for truth. Through her ancient bloodlines she has inherited the Sight, which enables her to read others thoughts. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with she also begins to realize she has experienced life before as a young woman names Catriona.


Catriona has the fortitude and poise of a q
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Gaile
Adopted as a baby from Cait Ness, Scotland and raised in Southern California, Kate Sutherland brings her mother's ashes back to the Shetlands in hopes of also finding her natural parents.
Here she opens a window in time to issues unfinished in the life of Catriona Wells, a woman living during the reigns of Henry VII Of England and James IV Of Scotland. Catriona lives in dangerous times but refuses to be a whim of political intrigue. She meets Patrick MacKendrick while in modern times she meets N
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Christy B
Catriona is the story of Kate Sutherland, a young woman who is having 'visions' of a woman from five centuries earlier, a woman named Catriona. When Kate's mother dies, she travels to Scotland to spread her ashes, only to come face to face with the past – literally.

Catriona was a decent enough historical romance novel, but unfortunately, it never grabbed me. I felt that certain parts moved way too fast for me. So fast that the scene was over before I really grasped what happened. The modern roma
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Patty
Aug 30, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Sutherland has never quite felt right in her world. She feels further disoriented when her mother dies and she finds out she was adopted. She goes back to her mother's place of birth to scatter her ashes and learn more about where she was born. While there she starts having strange "dreams" about a woman - a cousin to James IV, Catriona Wells.


She also meets the very handsome Niall MacCormack, a Scottish historian who falls in love with her but something is holding her back. And that somethi
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~Leslie~
Apr 19, 2014 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I've had this book sitting on my nook for quite a while and if I'd known how good it was I would have read it much sooner. I'm such a sucker for a good travel back in time/druidic religion/scottish history story. And this one was good. It had it's problems, but the writing was so engaging, and the characters, especially the historical ones, so gripping, that it kept me engaged. The only downside was the main character. Kate is removed from life because she is caught in something from the ...more
Bookworm
Sep 14, 2011 Bookworm rated it really liked it
Kate Sutherland grew up in California with her parents and her sister Meghan. Both her parents have now passed away. Meghan is married with a baby, but Kate has never settled down. Kate has always felt she didn't quite fit in with her family, although she loved them, there was always something missing from her life. Through a twist of fate, Kate who is a lawyer, is sent to Salem, Massachusetts one cold December day to interview a woman named Celia Ward about a tax problem. Celia is clairvoyant ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Can the future change the past? If not, that future will suffer. In this book, the two are linked, and it goes in both directions. Interesting, magical, supernatural concepts are touched upon here. with breathtaking descriptions of setting, Catriona is set mostly in Scotland, the Shetland Islands.

The author has a wonderful grasp of the culture, bringing it to refreshing life. The entrancing atmosphere and feel of the story comes acros
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Michelle
Catriona is a novel by Jeanette Baker and a Romance from SourceBooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

Kate Sutherland’s arrival in the misty moors of her ancestral home in the Shetland Islands was supposed to cure her visions of danger, intrigue...and a sexy powerful Scottish border lord. Instead, she discovers that she’s been living the tormented memories of Catriona Wells, a beautiful young woman of royal blood who lived five centuries before.

Shielding a dark secret from her past, Catriona was willing to
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Mishel Zabala
Sep 28, 2011 Mishel Zabala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, signed
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars!

Catriona started a bit rocky for me. I had a bit of a rough time staying focused and getting used to the jumps between Catriona Wells and Kate Sutherland. I didn't mind the different perspectives or even the different time periods...there were just moments where I felt things were moving too quickly. But when I finally found my comfy little niche I was captivated by the story and plot! I loved the historical parts of the story. This is my first time delving into Scottish
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Alexia Chantel
Aug 20, 2011 Alexia Chantel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale of courage. This is a tale of reaching deep within yourself to find the missing pieces of your soul.

Kate is so much more than a young woman searching for truth. Through her ancient bloodlines she has inherited the Sight, which enables her to read others thoughts. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with she also begins to realize she has experienced life before as a young woman names Catriona.

Catriona has the fortitude and poise of a queen. That coupled with her stunning beauty mad
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Nancy
Aug 25, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Kate was, at best, skeptical. At least she was willing to go to Scotland to scatter her mother’s ashes. She’s been having dreams her entire life, but lately they’d stepped up a bit. A gorgeous man, a medieval court, words of love and lust, and Kate was in them as well. Stupefying.
Scotland is beautiful and terrifying. Her mother is still remembered in the village and, her mother still lives in the village (you’ll see!). Kate meets a very nice man name Niall McCormack who tightens all her muscles
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Jules
Sep 06, 2011 Jules rated it really liked it
Jumping between centuries and different people's perspectives can be confusing and distracting if not written carefully. Jeanette Baker has done a masterful job of blending the stories of two women connected by blood and separated by time.


Strong characters are always a draw for me. I like women leads who use their brains instead of simpering and whimpering around waiting for a man to solve their problems for them. Both Kate and Catriona are dealing with issues of family, love and danger. Neither
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Julie
Mar 18, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers!
I loved this historically rich romance. Set in 17th century Scotland, Catriona, an English noble woman and cousin of King James Stuart of Scotland, runs to her monarch-cousin for help following the death of her mother. She seeks refuge for herself from abuse from her stepfather, as well as, aide for her 12-year-old brother who is under the mercy of this stepfather and the ruthless King Henry Tudor. Upon her arrival to the court of King James, she meets his devilishly handsome Scottish border ...more
Staci
Aug 21, 2011 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
First thoughts after finishing: "Is there anywhere on the internet that I could order a sexy powerful Scottish border lord????"

I love books that blend the present day with the past and this author did an exceptional job of making that work. I felt that I was able to get to know all of the characters and make a connection with some. I am a sucker for historical fiction with a dash of romance thrown in and this one has both of those elements. I now feel the need to do a little bit of brushing up o
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Vivisection
I still measure all time-travel romance by the standard set by Diana Gabaldon. Catriona and Patrick are no Jamie and Clare Fraser, but I have ever been a sucker for the the court of James IV of Scotland and the crazy Earls of Bothwell. I by far preferred the historical narrative to the "modern" narrative. I'd have liked to see more Celtic mythology and Wiccan magic instead of just a wise woman and a keek stane. And let's face it, Kate was kind of boring.

Although, I did keep trying to remember th
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Kathleen Kelly
Aug 17, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sourcebooks
I love Jeanette Baker's stories! They blend history, mystery, love and danger, plus traveling back and forth in time. The heroine's of the story are Kate Sutherland/ Catriona Wells. It appears that the reason Kate is going back and forth in time is that there is unfinished business that Kate needs to attend to in the past before she can be at peace from the disturbing visions she has of Catriona Wells, an ancestor. A wonderful story of Scottish history and full of passion and intrigue and what ...more
Carole Moran
May 19, 2013 Carole Moran rated it really liked it
An excellent book, this follow-up to "Kidnapped" also by Robert Louis Stevenson, follows further adventures of young David Balfour. Catriona is his first love and he goes away to school to prepare to become a lawyer, but the most galvanizing aspect of this book and also of Kidnapped, for me at least, is the Scottish history surrounding the characters and plot, and the intrigue that is Scottish politics. Some great lines in this book reveal to the reader that we haven't come such a long way in ...more
Sherrie
Sep 29, 2011 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
This book blends history, mystery, love and danger. It's like you have 2 books but they are so finely written they just blend together. Kate needs to attend to her past before she can be at peace from the disturbing visions she has of Catriona Wells, an ancestor. I loved reading this book! Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Romance, dashing knight, and some mystery thrown in. What's not to like? If you like Historical fiction you should pick this book up. It's really good! Does ...more
Cheryl B
May 23, 2013 Cheryl B rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction, especially Scottish history. This is the first book I've read by Jeanette Baker. I felt like the story jumped around a little at first, but once i got hold of the characters and their place in the story, it got better for me. Although it ended up being a great story, I didn't feel connected to this story as I have from writers such as Susanna Kearsley or Ciji Ware. I will, however, read more from this author, as I do like her writing style.
Anne
Dec 17, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
Great read. It follows a modern woman who goes to Scotland and begins to have dreams about a woman in historical times. She also finds a man in the pressent who resembles one of the men in her dreams. Great read. Very enjoyable and recommended.
Elizabeth Graham
Sep 20, 2011 Elizabeth Graham rated it really liked it
I typically don't enjoy time-travel books, but I thought Jeanette Baker wrote a wonderful version of time-travel and threw in a great mystery the heroine had to solve before the past could be laid to rest. Very well written to bring the past and present together in a believable way.
Britt, Book Habitue
Aug 31, 2011 Britt, Book Habitue rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would.

A little steamy in places and it felt a little unbalanced between past and present, but it was compelling.

I like this cover a lot more than the cover of the uncorrected proof I have.
Eva
Aug 27, 2011 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My complete review can be found on my blog.

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Esther
Jan 08, 2013 Esther rated it it was amazing
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Jina Howell-Forbes
This is a Scots time travel story. The characters were not is well formed and complex as they became in later books, but it was a fun light read.
Shawna McKinnis
Dec 20, 2009 Shawna McKinnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Super excellent!!!
More meat than a typical romance- if you like Scottish history based fiction, it is a great book for you.
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