The fantastic next chapter in the saga of the Frasers. At the end of An Echo in the Bone the Frasers were in the midst of the American Revolution andThe fantastic next chapter in the saga of the Frasers. At the end of An Echo in the Bone the Frasers were in the midst of the American Revolution and the MacKenzies were in modern day Scotland. Jem had been kidnapped and presumed taken into the past, though we last saw him in the tunnel at the dam. We're not sure if he's traveled or not. Roger and Brianna are naturally frantic, and Roger, along with his many times great grandfather have gone to the past to look for him.
So much happening in this book. Of course, we have our main couple, Jamie and Claire, reunited. There are, naturally, some adjustments to make, as both come to grips with Claire's marriage to John while Jamie was presumed dead. Jamie becomes reinvolved in the war, with Claire accompanying him in her medical capacity and as his wife. It was fascinating to read of the war's progress, through the occupation of Philadelphia, the Battle of Brandywine, and so on. There are many historical characters that make appearances, such as George Washington and Benedict Arnold. I loved Claire's reactions to those experiences, especially considering what she knows. I loved the minute details of what was happening, things that are generally left out of this history books, but which make events feel real.
Roger and Buck have gone into the past looking for Jem, not knowing that he never left the present. Something went wrong in the transfer and they went back too far. It was interesting to see them interact with Jamie's father and Jenny, with Roger knowing what is yet to come. They are having no luck finding Jem, naturally, but in their search run into another time traveler. This one is quite a shock to Roger, and gives one explanation as to why they landed when they did.
Lord John has quite a rough time of it in this book. Jamie finally reacts to John's statement regarding his marriage to Claire. Beaten and left in the woods, John ends up captured by the Americans, spends some time as a prisoner, nearly hanged as a spy, then escapes, only to pretend to be an American to save his neck yet again. We also see him dealing with some issues from his own past, when Percy makes a reappearance. John also comes to William's rescue when he ends up with some trouble of his own.
Ah, William. William is not coping well with his new found knowledge about his parentage. He is angry, but he is also confused. He doesn't quite know who he is any longer and his emotions are all over the place. There were times when I wanted to shake him, especially when he got nasty with both Jamie and John. But there are also times when I really liked him. His care for the young woman who was forced into prostitution and her little sister was wonderful. It was satisfying to see him go to Jaime when he needed specialized help. There were hints of reconciliation between the two, but it's still in the early stages.
Ian and Rachel. Ian is still working as a scout for the Continental Army and Rachel is still helping her brother with the wounded. They are still intending to marry, though there are challenges to that happening. I enjoyed getting the background on how Quaker marriages occur. I loved how Rachel is always there for Ian, ready to listen to him as he struggles with his future. Ian has changed and matured quite a bit over the last couple books, and I like who he has become even better. There was also a terrific scene with Claire, Rachel and Dottie as Claire explains to both of them what to expect after the wedding. I must say there are parts of that which had me laughing so hard I cried.
Dottie and Denzel. Denzel's work as a doctor is always interesting, especially as it pertains to his Quaker religion. His relationship with Dottie was a bit of a surprise, but I'm really enjoying it. In the previous book Dottie had come across as a bit flighty, but here she is quite focused. I have to admit that it was pretty amusing seeing her trying to be Quaker, but she loves Denny and will do whatever she has to in order to be with him.
Fergus, Marsali and the kids. They have settle in Philadelphia at this time. He has continued as a printer, and like Jamie has a tendency to get himself into trouble with some of his products. Meanwhile Marsali is left trying to keep home and hearth together.
Brianna, Jem and Mandy are dealing with problems of their own. Jem has escaped the tunnel and made it back to his mother. There are other attempts made on them all. The reason behind the attacks has been alluded to before, but is explained more in this book. This leads Brianna to make a life changing decision in order to protect them.
Two major characters pass away during this book, creating two big holes in the lives of our characters. I cried for both and ached for those left behind.
Jamie and Claire make the decision to return to Fraser's Ridge. I loved their arrival and seeing them settle back in. Claire had quite a surprise waiting for her, one that made me very happy for her. As she and Jamie are checking out the site for their new house, they are stunned by a call of "Hello the house!" Of course, Diana leaves it there, and we are left to wait and wonder about the story behind their arrival. I can't wait. ...more
Fantastic second book in the series. It starts with Claire back in the future, telling her daughter about what happened to her and the truth about herFantastic second book in the series. It starts with Claire back in the future, telling her daughter about what happened to her and the truth about her parentage. She has also come to Scotland to see if she can find out what happened to the people she knew, if they survived the Rising and its aftermath. In the process, Claire tells of what happened to her and Jamie after they left Scotland up until the beginning of the Battle of Culloden.
Jamie and Claire have settled into their marriage, with their love as strong as ever. Each of them has strengths and vulnerabilities that become part of their stories. Jamie has an honorable streak a mile wide that makes him want to save his family and countrymen from the looming disaster. It's hard for him to walk the fine line between honor and treason and it wears on him. Claire is deeply in love with Jamie, but still suffers from the guilt of feeling like she is betraying Frank. Trying to reconcile her love for Jamie with protecting Jack Randall so that it doesn't screw up her future with Frank is not easy.
With Claire's knowledge of the future, they go to France to try to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie from trying to take back the throne. The details of the political intrigue are fascinating and made me feel as if I was there. Claire also uses her healer abilities to work in a local charity hospital, giving more insight into the realities of life in the mid 1700s. I loved seeing Claire's strength of will and determination to make as much difference as she can. As they feel they are making progress and take a trip back to Scotland, fate intervenes and they end up on the wrong side after all. With Jamie's certainty that he won't survive Culloden, in order to protect Claire, he sends her back to Frank.
I love the rich historical details that are shown throughout the book. There are also some fun things that get worked into the story, such as Claire's explanation of what a "commando" is and what Jamie does with that knowledge. There is also a hilarious description of Jamie's venture into a brothel, a sausage, and a young French lad who becomes a big part of the story.
The depth of emotion throughout the book is amazing. Jamie's love for his family and his country is deep and his desire to save them influences everything he does. There is a feeling of fear throughout as he and Claire worry that they won't be able to stop the Rising. Claire's unhappiness and depression after the loss of her baby are deep, and the effect on her marriage was heartbreaking. But the deepest, most emotional event was as Jamie accepts what he sees as his fate, and begs Claire to return to the future so that he can be sure that she is safe.
I loved the sections in the present, as Claire tells her story. Her determination to discover the fates of her friends is intense. I loved Roger's fascination with her quest, and the lengths he goes to find out the answers. There is an intense twist to the story at the end that leads into the next book....more
This is a really fun book combining two 1960s TV shows - Star Trek and Here Come the Brides. It starts with the Enterprise at a Starbase when Spock b This is a really fun book combining two 1960s TV shows - Star Trek and Here Come the Brides. It starts with the Enterprise at a Starbase when Spock becomes suspicious of some Klingon activity. He has snuck aboard their ship to investigate when the ship leaves and then vanishes, right after the Enterprise receives a puzzling transmission from him. The next time we see Spock he is in 1867 Seattle badly injured, with no memory and no idea how he got there. Spock is rescued and nursed back to health by Aaron Stemple, a local mill owner. Aaron quickly realizes that Spock is not of the Earth but it doesn't seem to make any difference to him. Once Spock has recovered, Aaron gives him the name Ishmael, an identity as his nephew, and a job as his accountant. Spock, as Ishmael, begins to get acquainted with the townspeople and build a life. He gets occasional flashes of memory and feels that there is something important that he is supposed to do. I loved seeing Spock's human side come out, as he didn't know to repress it. There is enough of his true self there that his logical mannerisms and speech are evident and create some very humorous moments. One of my favorites is when he and Josh are engaged in a mock battle involving spoons, catapults, tea cups and a lump of sugar. Spock's mental comment to himself is: “and besides, he had no intention of allowing a human to win at this game…”
The setting is Seattle during the time of Here Come the Brides and the characters are all recognizable from the show. The Bolt brothers, some of the women such as Candy, Lottie and Biddy, and Aaron himself. I really enjoyed seeing Spock's unintended influence on them as he simply accepts things that are foreign ideas to them. I loved his complete acceptance of the idea of a woman doctor when it was something nearly unheard of to them, yet his attitude influenced their changing perceptions. His biggest influence ends up being on Aaron himself, who finds himself changing thanks to Spock. There is also an interesting connection between Spock and one of the residents of Seattle.
There is some time spent with the crew of the Enterprise as they work feverishly to figure out what the Klingons are up to and where Spock is. Kirk's worry about his friend and fears that he is dead are a prime motivator for him. His connections enable him to find people/beings who are able to assist him in his search. He is assisted by Bones, Uhura and Sulu as they skate along the edges of the rules. As is usual, they prevail just in the nick of time.
An interesting bit of trivia: In the TV show Here Come the Brides, Aaron Stemple is played by Mark Lenard, the same actor who portrays Spock's father in the TV show and Star Trek movies....more
Another great story by Lynn Kurland. Samantha has come to England for the summer to housesit for friends of her brother. When she is asked to run an eAnother great story by Lynn Kurland. Samantha has come to England for the summer to housesit for friends of her brother. When she is asked to run an errand for one of them she doesn't expect to be caught in the middle of a search for stolen goods. Derrick's job is to find the piece of stolen lace and get it back to its rightful owner. He doesn't expect to be intrigued by the woman he thinks is the thief and then fall for her too.
I really liked both Samantha and Derrick. Samantha is the youngest of the family and has been stuck in her life with her parents. They are both pretty controlling, especially her mother, and Samantha longs to break free. When she is offered the chance to housesit in England she leaps at the chance, planning to squeeze in as much living as she can before going home. Shortly after her arrival in England her boss asks her to deliver a package to London. On the trip she is followed and while trying to escape briefly ends up in Elizabethan England, though she doesn't realize it at the time. She is rescued by Derrick, who thinks she is one of the thieves. She is attracted to him but doesn't trust him at first. When she hears his time travel story she thinks he is nuts, but goes along with him because he seems more trustworthy than her other options. She finds herself caught up in the chase for the lace, then trying to figure out why someone is still after her. I loved seeing Samantha bloom now that she is out from under her parents' thumbs. She is pretty naive at the beginning, not expecting the trouble that comes her way. She is basically a nice person so doesn't get into making scenes when weird things start happening to her. I loved her interactions with Derrick right from the beginning. While she is naive she isn't stupid and her questions and statements to Derrick show that. She doubts his sanity at the beginning when he talks about the time travel, but soon becomes a believer. As she deals with these events she begins to grow as a person and soon learns to stand up for herself and her own needs and wants. She also begins to care for Derrick and gets closer to him as she nurses him after he is wounded helping her. I loved seeing her care about him in ways that no one else has and the way that it aids in her own maturity. I loved the ending and seeing her really become the woman she was meant to be.
Derrick was a bit obnoxious at first but quickly turned around. He has been doing a lot of time travel over the last year as he goes on adventures with Jamie, but also works at his business of retrieving stole goods. He's feeling a bit jaded at the start of this one and doesn't so his usual research and as a result doesn't realize that Samantha isn't the thief but just an unknowing courier. He begins to think that some things just aren't adding up as he saves and then confronts Samantha. Once he understands the truth he gets Samantha to join forces with him to recover and return the lace. The more time they spend together, the more she gets under his skin. He doesn't want to be attracted to her or like her that much but he can't help it. I loved the way that he watches out for her after the lace recovery and discovers that she's still in danger. I also loved the way that he helped her gain confidence during their time together and didn't try to control her the way her parents did. I especially loved the ending when he gave her the gift of the experiences she had missed out on. I also loved learning more about Derrick and his secrets and the way they influenced his life. I really enjoyed seeing him thumb his nose at his brother. I loved the interactions with various members of his family and how they all were there for each other even while trading insults.
I really liked the appearances of the ghosts and characters from earlier books such at Robert and Sunny. I loved Derrick's coworkers, Oliver, Rufus and Peter and how totally unflappable they seemed to be. The romance itself was sweet and gentle and perfect for Derrick and Samantha. I'm looking forward to seeing who gets the next story....more
Good book. Colin is a fourteenth century Scot, caught up in the war to free Scotland from the English. When he goes to a seer for advice on how to winGood book. Colin is a fourteenth century Scot, caught up in the war to free Scotland from the English. When he goes to a seer for advice on how to win, he runs afoul of the Faerie Queen, who curses him with being able to hear the pain of all who have no Soulmates. Ten years later he is sucked into the future and ends up in Abby's bed. As beautiful as she is, he feels the need to get back home. He has a cousin who also lives in the future and goes to her for help. He hasn't been able to forget Abby, who haunts his dreams.
Abby is an archaeologist who has a magical talent for finding things. It turns out she has Faerie blood and that is her gift. A late night wish for The One brings Colin to her bed, but she doesn't believe his story. She gladly hands him off to his cousin, a former professor of hers, but is unable to forget him. She is involved in a dig in Scotland, but is unaware that the man in charge has more in mind for her. He is an evil Fae who wants her for her Faerie blood.
Both Colin and Abby are strong minded people with definite ideas about their futures. Colin is determined to get back home and save king and country from the disaster he discovered by reading a history book in the future. He refuses to listen to anyone who tells him that he cannot go back and change history without causing devastating results. When he finds out that he is in the future because of Abby he is determined that she send him back. His connection to her also makes him aware of the evil that is stalking her, and he is compelled to protect her.
Abby is thrilled to be included in the dig in Scotland, but the man is charge is really starting to creep her out. The attention he pays to her makes her very uncomfortable. Colin's reappearance in her life is timely, as she hopes that pretending he is her boyfriend will keep Jonathan away from her. However, she has a very hard time believing Colin's story of who he is, how he got there, and what he needs her to do. But when the only way to escape is to wish themselves back to 1306, suddenly she has to believe.
I loved the connection between Colin and Abby, which was very strong. Their interactions, especially at the beginning when Abby didn't believe him, were pretty fun. The more time they spent together, the deeper their connection got. Things really got good when they admitted their feelings for each other, but they had to deal with what was keeping them apart. Colin does not want to give up his plans to save king and country, even though it goes against everyone's advice. And Abby is not at all happy with the idea of staying in 1306. She is a modern woman who likes her life just as it is. Ultimately, they have to decide which is more important - their plans or their love.
Their conflict with the evil Fae was very well done. His thoughts and motivations were believably portrayed. Colin had spent a long time fighting against his own Faerie heritage, seeing only the trouble it had caused. That same heritage made it possible for him to be the one to save Abby. Her reactions to Jonathan before she knew what he was showed good instincts on her part, even though she was reluctant to believe the truth at the beginning. I loved the journey to the past and seeing Abby's reactions to everything. Abby had great instincts about Colin, and some of the things she had to do to stay with him were fun to see, and his reactions were priceless. The ending was great and I loved how they worked things out....more
I picked this book up for two reasons. First, I like time travel books and there aren't many I've read during this time period. Second, it takes placeI picked this book up for two reasons. First, I like time travel books and there aren't many I've read during this time period. Second, it takes place in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is where I live. I'm glad I did, because it was a very well done book.
When Shelby stumbled across Carter on the battlefield park grounds she couldn't just leave him there. She was especially concerned by his apparent mental confusion about where/when he was, so she took him home with her. She then makes sure he gets medical attention and against her boyfriend's recommendation, brings him back to her house after he's released from the hospital. Though she is a little concerned for herself, there's something about him that makes her want to help him.
Carter doesn't know what happened. One moment he's on the battlefield, wishing he were anywhere else, the next he's in a place both familiar and vastly different. He's grateful for the young woman who has rescued him.
I loved how real all the characters felt to me. Shelby's a kindhearted person who can't stand the idea of leaving Carter alone and confused. I really enjoyed that she's a bookstore owner and has a pretty ordinary life. It's not surprising that she doesn't believe Carter's story of being a Union soldier. I really liked that it didn't stop her from helping him. I also liked the way that she stood up to her obnoxious boyfriend when he got so nasty about Carter staying at her house. I thought that Carter was amazingly calm about what had happened to him. He did get pretty vehement about not going to the hospital, but considering what Civil War hospitals were like, it's not surprising. I loved his curiosity about everything around him.
The romance between Shelby and Carter was a slow growing one as they got to know each other. Shelby saw the differences between Carter and her boyfriend, Rory, and realized that she deserved more than she was getting. She also slowly began to accept that Carter was telling the truth. I loved seeing the way that Carter treated her. He was so sweet, but also very protective. I also liked his sense of honor, that made him hold back because of his marriage. I also liked the similarities that were shown between Rory and Carter's wife Meg, both in their attitudes and their actions. It made the ending even more satisfying.
The time travel itself was really good. The trouble that Shelby had believing it was logical. I enjoyed the gradual growing of her belief, and the final confirmation that really blew her away. Carter's reactions to things like riding in a car were fun to see. His description of the Battle of Fredericksburg was incredibly vivid and moving, as was what he said about the day to day life of a soldier. The investigation they did in trying to find any descendants of Carter's was interesting, especially with what they found out.
The only complaint I have is that I would have liked to see more of what happened after Carter rescued Shelby from the fire. I wanted to see Carter's reaction to what she found out, if they found the jewels, and if Rory had to face consequences for what he did. Oh yeah - the cover is awful, but typical of when the book was published......more
Very good book. Rue arrived in Pine River, current day, to investigate the disappearance of her cousin Elisabeth (There and Now). Letters that he cousVery good book. Rue arrived in Pine River, current day, to investigate the disappearance of her cousin Elisabeth (There and Now). Letters that he cousin left for her indicated that she had disappeared into an earlier era by her own choice. Rue wouldn't believe it until she heard it from her cousin herself. So she put on the mysterious necklace and did indeed find herself in Pine River 1892. Unfortunately, her cousin was away on her honeymoon and not there to vouch for her, so she ends up the guest of the local marshal. Rue is a modern woman and I loved seeing her reactions to the people around her and what they expect. I loved the poker game scene and her discussion with Farley later on. Rue is attracted to Farley and seems to find a fair amount in common with him. There is one point where the necklace is about to send Rue back to the future and she grabs Farley, which drags him to the future with her. I really loved the way that she had so much fun showing him her world. The more time they were together the more deeply she fell in love with him. She worried that he would get sent back to the past and they would be separated forever. The ending was great with the way that she and Elisabeth worked together to save Farley.
Farley is the marshal in charge of Pine River. When he finds a strange woman in his friend Jonathan's house who claims to be Elisabeth's cousin he doesn't know what to think. But without any proof, he can't just let her stay there. Her strange clothing and speech worry him and he tries to keep an eye on her. As strange as she is, he is also very attracted to her. I loved seeing the way he tried to watch out for her. I also really enjoyed seeing how much the things she said amused him, even though he had no idea what she was talking about. He was also a product of his time and when he and Rue gave in to their attraction he was determined that they would get married. When his plans were interrupted by a trip into the future he had a lot he had to absorb. I loved the way that he adapted so quickly. Because of the way he was educated, by reading everything he could get his hands on, he used the same methods in the future and read about everything from engines to plumbing. When Rue took him to the ranch she inherited he had to decide if he could handle getting the property by marriage rather than earning it himself. He was also feeling guilty about disappearing from his job in the past and wanted to go back long enough to end it properly. The ending was very intense with wondering if Farley would survive or not.
I really enjoyed the two books and seeing how the two couples dealt with the whole time travel thing. There was some great humor as both women faced life in 1892. I really enjoyed seeing Rue put her modern woman values to work in that time period. There were some great scenes, such as the poker game and also her facing down the ladies of the town. I thought Farley was pretty great at accepting the truth and then adapting to the future the way he did....more
Fun book. The subject is interesting, with the story taking place in two different time periods. Dillinger is alone on his ranch after the death of hiFun book. The subject is interesting, with the story taking place in two different time periods. Dillinger is alone on his ranch after the death of his wife when he hears a baby crying. When he opens the door and picks her up from his porch, he is sucked into the 21st century. Auburn takes pity on him and the baby and takes them home with her. He is very confused at first, but takes it in stride pretty quickly. Auburn thinks he's nuts at the beginning, but is also convinced before long. They try to find the area where his ranch would be, but are unsuccessful. Then they and the baby are transferred back to his ranch, where they deal with his wife's brother trying to kill him, and the appearance of her ex-fiance. I liked the time they spent there, and the way that Auburn adapted to the time. She was a lot better at things than she ever thought she would be. Dillinger was stunned and heartbroken when Auburn and the baby got pulled back to the future without him. I really liked the way that he worked with Pierre and Bradley to teach them about ranching, and how happy Bradley was there in the past. I loved the way that they conversation around the table went with the three men. The ending was very satisfying. I'd love to know how Bradley and Pierre did with the ranch....more
Loved the book. I really liked Stephen in his appearances in earlier books. He is one of the quieter members of the family, but I always got the feeliLoved the book. I really liked Stephen in his appearances in earlier books. He is one of the quieter members of the family, but I always got the feeling there was a lot more to him than it appeared at the time. Peaches is at a crossroads in her life. Her previous work as a life coach/organizer has come to a screeching halt, and she isn't sure where to go from there. She has been invited to a gathering by the Duke of Kenneworth that Stephen attends also. There has been trouble between those two families for a long time. The Duke turns out to be not very nice and events of the weekend have Stephen coming (very quietly) to Peaches rescue. There are some great scenes with Stephen's man Humphreys that are hysterical. Peaches also ends up stepping through a time gate and captive of the Duke's ancestor. Stephen, having gone looking for Peaches, recognizes the gate for what it is. Being a very intelligent man, he contacts a couple of people who know what he'll have to deal with for advice, and then goes after her. During that rescue and after, Peaches comes to realize that she has misjudged Stephen and that she has been attracted to him all along. As she starts to work for him and they spend time together, she figures out that what she took for stuffiness was actually a bit of shyness on his part. He is very relaxed with other people, but can't seem to get it together around her. I loved their time together and seeing their conversations as she learned more about him and discovered that he was in love with her. She can't believe it and is convinced that she is all wrong for him, due to what she sees as her being far below him on the social scale. He is trying to convince her that she is wrong when the Duke drops a bombshell on his family that Stephen needs to figure out how to fix. This involves another bit of time travel, which he tries to leave Peaches out of. She follows him with some new information that he needs, and also some unwelcome news. I loved their time with Robin and Anne, and some of the scenes with Robin are a riot. There's a final bit of travel to Regency England that was needed for the solution, then home. I really wish there had been more detail on that trip, as its activities were necessary for the resolution of the problem. We got no detail at all on how it happened and I didn't like that. The final chapter was very good, and I suspect we'll be seeing more of the twins. I adored Stephen and his quietly alpha persona. He didn't need to yell and hack at things with swords (though he was quite good at that too). He simply put his brain to work and got the job done. I loved his way of looking at Peaches and "herding" her in the direction he wanted her to go. I liked Peaches, though her lack of self esteem where Stephen was concerned bugged me a bit. I was glad she saw the light about the Duke. I also enjoyed seeing her as her feelings for Stephen grew and she learned how to read him and his care of her. I loved the conclusion and can't wait for the next book. ...more
Very good book - definitely different than what I am used to from Ms. Miller. When Elisabeth arrived in Pine River she had come for a new job as a teaVery good book - definitely different than what I am used to from Ms. Miller. When Elisabeth arrived in Pine River she had come for a new job as a teacher and to recover from her divorce. One night, while wearing a necklace from her aunt, she went through a door into the past. The man she met there, Dr Jonathan Fortner, was understandably very suspicious of her and didn't believe her story. She escaped from him and returned home. She then went back, after finding out that he and his daughter would die tragically, and tried to convince him. As a man of science, Jonathan thought that Elisabeth was imagining things, but found himself falling in love with her. I really enjoyed seeing Elisabeth as she coped with the past, tried to convince Jonathan of the danger, and adored Jonathan's daughter. The conclusion of the story was terrific, and I have ordered the second book in the series about Elisabeth's cousin Rue. ...more
Loved the book. Tess is desperately missing her sister Pippa, who has gone off to the 13th century with her new husband. She tries to keep busy with hLoved the book. Tess is desperately missing her sister Pippa, who has gone off to the 13th century with her new husband. She tries to keep busy with her studies and the medieval events she puts on in her home at Sedgewick Castle. When she takes her car in to the local garage for repairs she is stunned to see the new owner - who looks so much like her new brother-in-law it's spooky. Meanwhile, John is trying to keep a low profile, and discourages any interest in his personal life. He finds he can't keep away from Tess, no matter how hard he tries. I loved the way she rapidly became certain that John is indeed Montgomery's brother. Since she knows about the time gates, but he doesn't know that she knows, there are some really fun parts in the book. She doesn't say anything to him about them, as she doesn't want to send him running (he has a habit of bolting when things get uncomfortable for him). The way he finds out is really great, and it's fun to see how Tess copes with those events. I love this series and the MacLeod series. I'm looking forward to the next one. ...more