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Blue Bells of Scotland (Blue Bells Trilogy #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Shawn has a skyrocketing musical career, fans, fame, money, his beautiful girlfriend Amy, and all the women he wants. Everything changes: Amy has enough and leaves him stranded in a Scottish castle tower overnight. He wakes up in medieval Scotland. Mistaken for the castle's future laird, he is forced to make a dangerous cross-country trek with a beautiful woman wielding a ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 18th 2009 by Gabriel's Horn (first published 2009)
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Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Emily Baker
You know how "polite" people will sometimes couch criticism by closing their statement with "Bless their hearts"? Well, bless her heart, Laura Vosika tried real hard with BLUE BELLS OF SCOTLAND. She really did try and while some moments were truly outstanding, much of the book was a hot, angry, confused mess.

Brief plot summary: arrogant yet incredibly talented trombonist Shawn Kleiner and his orchestra are touring Scotland; while back in 1314, Niall Campbell, future Laird of Glemmirril, is prepa
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Original & intelligently written. Towards the end, I could not turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened. The end was definitely not what I expected. I can't wait until the next in the series comes out! I will be the first in line to get it. Thanks Laura Vosika for sharing your engaging story. Keep tapping those keys on the keyboard...carry on!
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel, music and faves!

Gotta say, though, I really hate to get to the end of a book and find out it is the first of a series or a trilogy. Don't get me wrong, I love trilogies and series. I just prefer to know from the outset that I am at the beginning of a longer journey. Frankly, I hate being left hanging and would rather wait to buy a book until the entire trilogy is available so I can read them in quick succession. On the other hand, I can't really understand the whole
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
[ Upsate. I first read this book in 2010. I recently realized there were two more books out and bought them both. I read the second one without doing a re-read of this one - mistake but I just could not put it down to go back. But when I did finish, I decided to re-read Blue Bells of Scotland before I continued to the third book. I think I loved it even more than I did the first time! Highly recommend this series if you love Scotland, history, romance, and time travel. And no, it is nothing like ...more
J.R. Tomlin
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This novel starts a trilogy story surrounding two identical men in Scotland who are separated by 700 years.

I was a bit nervous in starting this novel because most novels, including some very popular ones, thoroughly muck up Scottish history. I hate that, particularly when it involves events as important as the Battle of Bannockburn. However, although I would nitpick the history somewhat, Vosika stuck close enough to the history that even I wasn't too bothered. Mind you, don't read it for history
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
An obvious "tribute" to the other popular time travel authors, with a few minor twists.

I give it 3 for being fun to read. I subtracted 1 for major historical inaccuracy (clan tartans in 1300s? Really, you have to research EVERYTHING) and failure to discuss her historical research or variance from known fact. So as a pure fiction it gets a 3 (I thought the ending was confused and nonsensical) but as a historical fiction it gets a 2 for flubbing that major point, and underemphasizing the differenc
Jan 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
A time-travel romance set in in Inverness...hmmm...what could that have possibly be inspired by? If you're looking for something like "Outlander" this is not it. I'm sorry I blew $2.00 on the Kindle version. I put it down after the opening two pages describing Shawn's seducing the engaged-to-someone-else receptionist by picking a rose from the vase on her desk and dragging it across her cheek. And then becoming the rock-star trombone player savior of the classical orchestra. Yes, this was the fi ...more
Jul 21, 2012 added it
the slowest book on the planet!!!
This is a cracking book. There are some anachronisms, but the writing just picks you up and carries you away. I got lost in the story. Definitely worth a read. I'll be buying the rest in the series and saving them to read on my holiday. Except for book 2 which I'm allowing myself to read now.
Joan Szechtman
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Blue Bells of Scotland, Laura Vosika spins a captivating tale that combines historical fiction with time travel and a bit of reverse alternate history cleverly woven in. Instead of changing the final outcome of an important historical event, Vosika changes the history at the start of the novel so that her time traveler changes it to what actually is. Although the grandfather paradox is mentioned, no consequences are shown for the changed history that the time travel generated such as people d ...more
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Laura Vosika is the author of the Blue Bells Trilogy. In addition to the Trilogy, she is working on several other novels and a non-fiction book on raising a large family.

Laura grew up in the military, visiting castles in England, pig fests in Germany, and the historic sites of America's east coast, and living in climates ranging from Mississippi's heat to Duluth, Minnesota.

She earned a bachelor's
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Other Books in the Series

Blue Bells Trilogy (3 books)
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  • The Water is Wide (Blue Bells Trilogy, #3)