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A Dance Through Time (MacLeod #1)

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Scotland, 1311. James MacLeod was the most respected—and feared—laird in all of Scotland. He loved his men like brothers and his land with a passion. And he allowed no women to cross the threshold of his keep...

New York City, 1996. With an indifferent fiance and a stalled writing career, Elizabeth Smith found passion and adventure only in the unpublished romance novels tha
Paperback, Time Passages Romance, 356 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Jove / Penguin Group
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Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beyond awful. I'm literally offended that it has such a high rating. The female "protagonist" is the most whiny, dependent lead character I've ever encountered -- more of a Mary Sue than Bella Swan. I truly believe that the author used a comprehensive list of every single female stereotype as an outline for the main character. She's "motherly," loves to cook, loves to clean, desperately needs a big, strong man to take care of her, is described as "fiery" and yet never displays any f ...more
BJ Rose
This was not really a 4* read for me, but it was above average for the most part, so 3* wasn't enough. I liked the story, I loved the Highlander clan members (especially Angus & Ian & Malcolm), and Jaime's son Jesse was almost too good to be true. And I really liked the gradual change in Jaime from his first 'she's-a-witch, I'll-throw-her-in-the-pit' response when he first saw her in his castle.

So what didn't I like? Elizabeth was a 20th century author who often ate take-out and seldom
Miss Melanie
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite books. Lynn Kurland writes a great story and doesn't have to rely on graphic sex to develop a good love story. Kurland is my favorite romance author by far. I keep all her books (even the short stories which, unfortunately, are generally not her best.) She is best at novels.
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is another time travel that I read back in 1996. Jamie MacLeod is Laird over his clan in 1311 and Elizabeth Smith is a writer of romances in 1996.

Kurland has a light touch with her time travels and I love how many members of the same family end up in the future together.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sets the stage for the MacLeod series which is I think her best series. The characters are great...I just love that cousin Ian. I think the book is somewhat tiresome in the beginning with all of Jamie's grumbles and antics, but it gets better once the author gets past all that.
I would recommend reading the series, especially if you like time travel romances. This author has a light unique touch when it comes to the bedroom scenes, without missing a beat on the passion between characters. I
Lori McD
2.5-3 stars

I really, really wanted to love this book... the description is enchanting, and being an "Outlander" fan, I was caught by a "Jamie" being the Highland lord, and the "lady" being from 1996. But this book just... didn't... do it... for me... at all. *sigh*

My apologies to major fans of this book, because I can see the appeal. But perhaps I'm a decade or two too late, because the story seemed disjointed. And the anachronisms between 1996 and 14th century Scotland, instead of being charmin
Deborah Gafford
I am a big fan of historical romance, especially when set in Scotland in the medieval time period. A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland more than met my expectations for a great read! Lynn Kurland is a master at creating characters you come to love with a plot that will pull at your heart strings and give you a chuckle now and then. Many of her books involve time travel and ghosts. This book is the beginning of many romances involving the McLeod family. It is a standalone book, but if you read a ...more
Time Travel Romance Enjoyable!

This is one of those slightly silly romance novels that just puts a big smile on your face. I burst out laughing several times while reading it.

Elizabeth is an extremely likeable heroine, upbeat, kind and caring, always willing to talk things out.

My only complaint about this book is the hero, Jamie, who flips back and forth between treating Elizabeth terribly vs. treating her with respect. All this both before and after he realizes he really likes her. I had a hard
I'm usually a very positive reviewer, whether it's books, movies, TV shows, etc. This book, however, has me hesitant to give it a good rating. The characters were not as likable as others. The writer would have the people out of character several times just for the sake of a funny bit or Elizabeth (the heroine) especially would be out of character quite a bit for about the first half of the book for the sake of drama. Things didn't always flow and it made me feel as if I was reading a first draf ...more
I enjoy this book. It is one of my favorites. It isn't squeaky clean but compared to other authors it isn't too terribly descriptive. Her books get cleaner as they go.

When I read a romance I expect it to be unbelievable and fluff and that is what you get. I never expect any romance to be that way so for other reviewers to be expecting more than that seems a bit silly to me.

I love how she eventually brings Jamie into other stories and develops his character. This is what make Lynn Kurland fun fo
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Lynn began her writing career at the tender age of five with a series of illustrated novellas entitled Clinton’s Troubles in which the compelling hero found himself in all sorts of . . . well, trouble. She was living in Hawaii at the time and the scope for her imagination (poisoned fish, tropical cliffs, large spiders) was great and poor Clinton bore the brunt of it. After returning to the mainlan ...more
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MacLeod (10 books)
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  • My Heart Stood Still (MacLeod, #3; de Piaget/MacLeod, #8)
  • A Garden in the Rain (MacLeod, #4; de Piaget/MacLeod, #10)
  • Much Ado in the Moonlight (MacLeod, #5; de Piaget/MacLeod, #12)
  • When I Fall in Love (de Piaget, #4; MacLeod, #6; de Piaget/MacLeod, #13)
  • With Every Breath (MacLeod, #7; de Piaget/MacLeod, #14)
  • Till There Was You (MacLeod, #8; De Piaget #10; de Piaget/MacLeod, #15)
  • Roses in Moonlight (MacLeod, #9; de Piaget/MacLeod, #19)
  • Ever My Love (MacLeod #10)
“You may weep more if you wish it," he announced, feeling exceedingly generous.” 7 likes
“Elizabeth," Jamie began gruffly, "there is aught I would speak of with you."

She lifted an eyebrow at his lordly tone. "Go ahead."

"It may take me a few hours to accustom myself to these possible future ways, but that does not mean I am weak or stupid."

Hours? She smiled. "I know that Jamie."

"Nor does that mean I have ceased being your lord. You will obey me in all things, as always."

"Of course, Jamie," she said meekly.

"And should you demand knowledge about this or that, I would give it to you because you required it, not because I thought you didn't know the answer already."

"Of course,"Jamie said arrogantly. "There would be no other reason to question you." Elizabeth suppressed her smile and was thankful that she was riding behind him so he didn't see the twinkle in her eyes. Heavens what an ego her husband had.”
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