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Till There Was You

(MacLeod #8)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,775 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Zachary Smith is finished with high-maintenance women, impossible clients, and paranormal adventures. He wants an ordinary life and a happily-ever-after with a fresh-faced girl next door. But when he walks through a doorway into a different century, he knows his life isn't going to turn out quite the way he planned.

Mary de Piaget is passionate about two things: training he
Mass Market Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Jove / Penguin Group (first published March 30th 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
Yummy time traveling Scots! Do you really need any other reason to buy Lynn Kurland's books? I don't. Finding her latest, "Till There Was You" in the bookstore early was my favorite kind of serendipity.

Zachary needs to change his life. He's going to quit time-traveling with Jamie, find a nice woman and settle down...hopefully in a castle he can lovingly refurbish. So when the family ghosts turn their match-making eyes' towards him, he runs--and winds up in 13th century Scotland. Good thing he a
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Zachary Smith is an architect who lives a rather interesting life. His weekends are spent visiting different time zones. And I don't mean Eastern or Central time, I mean, in this particular instance, 2006 and 1258. He also talks to ghosts. One day he is at Artane, a castle owned by a good friend. He's doing his usual thing, exploring and looking at the architectual wonders of the place. He happens to stumble into a room filled with medieval goodies and bam!! he is thrown back to the year 1258, r ...more
Sandy M
I’m one of those Lynn Kurland fans who doesn’t care what she writes. Her writing has a flow, a feeling, a fluidness to it that just calls to me. No matter what century she takes me to in her time travels, I feel like I’m there right in the middle of the story. And though we always get at least one new character to add to our time traveling family, part of the fun of reading these books is getting to see the previous characters being woven together in a fairly complex way, now that there are so m ...more
Fionn Jameson
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I hate that I feel this way about anything written by Lynn Kurland. In an industry where a lot of writers are pushing the limits of what's readable and what's just outright smut (I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong!), she really turned the tables and published, with much success, romance without the sex. Just goes to show that not all romance has to be explicit. No more manhoods for me, thank you very much.

With that said, I couldn't finish this book. I tried, I really did. But let's be fran
The Window Seat
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you take the youngest brother in a group of heartbreakingly handsome medieval lairds and pair him up with the beautiful only daughter of a chivalrous and legendary medieval English knight? Well, when it is Till There Was You, you get pure magic!

When I first read Stardust of Yesterday, many, many years ago, before Kurland's books were a series, I had wished that Kendrick's sister had not died young and that there would actually be a book written about her. As the series grew, we
Kathryn Scarborough
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The is pure Lynn Kurland. As with One Enchanted Evening, things can get a little wordy, but, the way the hero and heroine react to time travel is very believable. And I like the hero and heroine and have a vested interest in them. I suppose if I was from the 14th century and saw my reflection in a mirror I would scream and faint,too. It makes me wonder just what marvelous inventions are in store for our great grandchildren. But even the villain is more beautiful than the rest of us that, unfortu ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another book that has it all; evil, romance, laughter, and tears. I love the Hero in this one. It took me a while to get there with the Heroine. It struck me as out of character for Robin to not see through the bad guy, especially since it was his daughter at stake. Kurland has a gift and I'm really glad I found her.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Overall with Lynn Kurland's books, at least the ones in the De Piaget, MacLeod series, they all get to be the same more or less. Girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, someone (often an ex or admirer of either girl or boy) tries to break the two apart, something dramatic happens where girl and boy are separated, boy whips out sword and resolves dramatic episode, girl and boy get married, book ends happily ever after.

That pretty much sums up all of her books, but they're fun reads anyways. If
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I find that you can't go wrong with Lynn Kurland's books. They make you wish you could transport yourself back in time just as the characters in her books do. After finishing Every Breath You Take, which I found, held everything in a book that kept me glued not wanting to put it down and then just sigh when I finished reading it. It was absolutely a wonderful book. Till There Was You was a good read but it didn't grab me the same way. The character Zachery in the book seemed to not have the char ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Lately all I want to read are nice clean romances. I am not really into books that have a great story with a little romance in the back. This book was cute, but just not enough for me. I have really enjoyed a few of this authors books, but my big complaint is TOO WORDY!! I got to the point where I was skimming pages because it just got kind of boring.

The story itself was very clean and sweet. It just took way too long to get to the point for me. I just have a hard time with books where the char
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it
I am not sure what has been up, though this was better than her last couple of novels. I think the recipe just needs a bit of an update. I still hold out hope, and will keep reading.
2.25 Stars.The relationship here sprung up pretty much from no time spent together, and could be quantified as poorly captured insta-lust (like if you're going that route... You really gotta work it.) Aside from that the whole thing was very 'meh' for me. The ghost intro put me to sleep and is left dangling out there in the end.
And really... (view spoiler)
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun read and a new series of escape find!
Kaitlyn Camera
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Very confusing for me because I read this as a stand alone. It was a little too dragged out for me, but overall it was good.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with all of Lynn Kurland's books and now after about 6 years I'm so enjoying re-reading them all. Definitely a take-me-away read.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Story of Mary de Piaget (Robin's daughter) and modern-day Zachary Smith, who travel back and forth to find a time that will allow for them to be together. Gotta love the medieval tomboy that is Mary.
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Since picking up my first Jude Deveraux book, I’ve been a fan of historical romance and time travel stories. The year 1258 brings us to Lord Robin Artane’s castle and into his family fold. When a stranger appears in strange clothing Lord Robin doesn’t know what to make of him. Setting him to cleaning out the lists and sleeping in the stables, he begins to gauge his character. Zachary will do whatever he can to stay in his Lord’s good graces long enough to leave Artan ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh! Zach and Mary! This book was so sweet. I love the ones in this series where a modern day guy goes back and falls in love with a medieval De Piaget girl. So wonderful. There is something really sexy about the mindset of a modern guy being such that he would prefer a woman from that time. And that he could be someone that would measure up to her father/uncles/brothers/cousins/etc. makes it great too.

I love that Zach was already very familiar with time travel and that he traveled extensively w
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Romance wise, it's first rate but I found it less excellent than the previous books. One thing that bothers me is Anne in this book. Well, the main character, Mary, is the only daughter of Robin and Anne from I f I Had You. Anne is one of the loved Kurland's character and she actually appeared several times in other books. However, considering even the important connection between Mary and Anne, Anne does not appear often in this book. Ha, I only remembered she only spoke once. I even thought ma ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zachary Smith is tired of dealing with cantankerous clients and high-maintenance women, and has decided he is done with paranormal adventures after his narrow brushes with death in one century or another following at the heels of his brother in law. Unfortunately his family's ghostly ancestors have other plans for him, and he walks through a doorway into medieval England in the 13th century, where he promptly falls in love with Mary de Piaget. Mary is betrothed to a man she is afraid is planning ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was another excellent novel from Lynn Kurland. I just love her sweet, yet exciting style of righting romance. This particular book kept me interested better then some of her other recent books have. I liked the two main characters a lot. The leading lady may have been very unrealistic for her place in history, but really, time travel is very unrealistic too, and I still love reading about it! Zachary is a character that has popped up in a lot of her books, but this is the first time we real ...more
Zachary Smith is finished with high-maintenance women, impossible clients, and paranormal adventures. But when he walks through a doorway into a different century— and meets Mary de Piaget—he knows his life isn’t going to turn out quite the way he planned.

My Thoughts.....

Lynn never ceases to amaze me with her books. Enjoyed this story very much. Her series has been amazing really. Like the fact that all the character intertwine in all her books. The best parts for me were at every turn Zach kept
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
En la línea de otros libros de la misma autora, no es el que más me ha gustado, pero tampoco el que menos. Continuación de los viajes en el tiempo emprendidos siguiendo a varias familias medievales, es agradable de leer, y mejora en su segunda parte. Los personajes principales se hacen querer, y son originales, al menos para mí, pues creo que es la primera vez que veo un viaje en el tiempo en el que el viajero al pasado es el protagonista masculino. Por lo demás, y como no he seguido la serie de ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Men like Zachary Smith are rare in real life. Perhaps, it might aid him since he had been with Jamie for a long time. I'm mostly amused by how protective the cousins of Mary de Piaget are of her. The twins have this knack for sneaking up on people and scare them silly.

The pace of this book is comfortable and it shows the camaraderie of the siblings and family members. This gave me a lot of confusion since I had no prior knowledge even if the book is entirely readable by its own. There were other
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
It took me about 50 pages to WANT to keep reading, I almost stopped more than once. I'm not a huge fan of paranormal stories and I'm still not but with that said, I actually enjoyed the book. I thought a couple of events weren't explained fully and I may or may not have rolled my eyes once or twice but overall, I'm glad I finished.
At the back of the book is a family tree and all the relatives she has written books about. Normally I would order them all immediately and learn about everyone but I'
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zachary Smith and Maryanne de Piaget, Robin's daughter

Zach is tired of his aimless, wandering lifestyle. He's ready to swear off casual dates, time traveling and wants to settle down with a nice, normal, regular girl. Alas this is not to be. And he accidentally steps through a portal from 2006 into 1258 and comes face to face with Robin de Piaget and his family, including his only daughter Maryanne. Major problem: Zach has no title, land or cash. How can he woo the daughter of a Earl, not to men
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very Very Good Book! I swore I was quitting this series after I finished the MacLeod side of it all and this book led me right into the De Piaget side of the book series, it definitely left me wanting more and i LOVED it! Read it for the 2nd time - now that I know who everyone is! And it was even better than the first time :-) definitely one of my favorites from her! Everyone is in this one or at least mentioned!

Mary De Piaget & Zachary Smith
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
There nothing left to it I think I am going to have to start from book number one of this series. I've been having a great time reading them backwards, but each time a reference is made to a previous story in the series or a story from a completely different series I just want to rush out and figure out what they are talking about. Once again I think Kurland created a story with great characters and a fun plot.
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Zachary Smith travels through time and lands in the year 1258. Meets a beautiful woman named Mary along with her family and extended cousins who shadow her every move. Zach struggles trying to get out of the past and into the present along with trying to save Mary from an awful marriage that could lead to her death.

Loved the story! Loved the characters! I am on a Lynn Kurland kick - can't get enough!!
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have read most of Ms. Kurland's books and have thoroughly enjoyed everyone. That is why I absolutely hate to admit this book was, well.....boring! It was so unlike what I expect from her stories. The basis for the story is the same as her previous works. I like the characters of both Zachary and Mary, it just seems to take forever to get them together then nothing really happens. I didn't even feel the chemistry that I have felt in her other characters.
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