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My Heart Stood Still

(MacLeod #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,825 ratings  ·  65 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Lynn Kurland captures the haunting beauty of England, past and presentand the exquisite tenderness of timeless love… In a bleak, landlocked keep on the English moors, Iolanthe MacLeod dreams of the seaand of a darkly handsome man to come rescue her. Centuries have passed and she feels she has waited in vain.

Until now.

Thomas McKinnon is used t
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Berkley Publishing (first published 2001)
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" rings true for me yet again. I found this book in a used book store, and though I was not expecting much based on the cover, found myself buying it anyway.

Kurland's need to impress upon the reader how purposeful and successful Thomas McKinnon's character was did not serve her well in the beginning. I immediately found his humor charming, but was unable to really enjoy him with the resume of achievements we first had to wade through. His determinatio
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, what an ordeal this couple had getting to their HEA! He buys a castle in modern times, goes to check it out and finds a beautiful woman (ghost) haunting it. He pretty much falls in love at first sight, but he has to slowly grow on her. He goes back in time to save her life (she was murdered), brings her back to current century and of course she doesn't remember him, so she has to fall in love all over again. I really, really loved Thomas. He was a great hero. He was strong and sensitive and ...more
Judy Bullard
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This one definitely rated 5 stars - This was the best MacLeod series book so far. Thomas MacLeod McKinnon falls in love with a ghost who was murdered in the 14th century. It was a very sweet love story. He goes back to the 14th century to try and save her before she gets murdered. The problem is - she doesn't know him from the 14th century, only as a ghost in the 21st century. I really enjoyed this one. The story was very close to the de Piaget series book about Kendrick and Genevieve. Gotta lov ...more
Penelope West
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who love romance and medieval times along with time travel
This is my favorite of all Lynn Kurland's books. I read it first a couple of years ago as a library book. It has stuck in my mind all this time. When at B&N last week, I found it on the shelves and bought it. I read it again, and it is every bit as good as it was the first time. Now that I am even more familiar with the MacLeod family, it was even better.
Lynn is meticulous in setting her pace, from fast paced action to easy going camaraderie, from deep emotion to laugh-out-loud humor. She sh
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance readers
Another on of my favorites from Kurland!The story of Thomas McKinnon and Iolanthe MacLeod. This one reminded me of One Enchanted Evening with it sweetness and clean content. Before reading this book I would suggest reading Love came just in Time it is 4 short stories by this author and the couples in the short stories are all in this book. The Very Thought of you is also very good and clean and come before both of these books. Unfortunately I can't recommend the first book from this family about ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Lynn Kurland's books are always a nice, clean escape. This story was a little wordy and the heroine drove me crazy because she just WOULD NOT say "I love you". The hero, Thomas did everything, including risking his own life to help her. Yet, even after she accepted his marriage proposal, she refused to acknowledge her love for him. When her confession finally came, I found it was too little, too late. Her believability was lost and that, in turn, left a less than satisfactory ending.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story. I absolutely loved all the ghosts! They added to the story in a way that made it not your average time travel romance and that is what I love about Lynn Kurland.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I love the characters in my love the family Dynamics. the characters are humorous and yet very heartfelt and heartwarming. I would highly recommend the whole series!
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not one of my favorites, but I've also read it at least three times.
Maggie Tideswell
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book! I laughed so much, although it isn't a comedy. It is just such a good story. Well worth the read.
I love Kurland. I did not love My Heart Stood Still and has been the least enjoyable out of the many books of hers that I have read. It had a promising beginning but got stuck shortly after the hero and heroine met (view spoiler) ...more
Katie W
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thomas is a shrewd businessman and mountain climber, used to hard work. He buys a castle on the English-Scottish border without seeing it, but when he ventures over there to fix it up, he realizes that he's seen it before--in his dreams. He also realizes that he sees more than he bargained for--ghosts, one of which he falls for.

I had no idea how this story could possibly work out, but it did. This is book 7 in the series and I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read them in order. I'm sur
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, timetravel
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Thomas MacLeod Mckinnon and Iolanthe Macleod

Murdered and a ghost, Iolanthe has spent 700 years haunting the castle where she died. Little does she know change is coming from the castle's new owner, Thomas McKinnon. This book ties back into the James Macleod time travel series but expands in in a ghostly direction which continues through the rest of the McKinnon siblings. Humorous banter and a ghostly matchmaking trio lighten serious trouble and romance.
Apr 10, 2012 added it

I finished this last Friday but haven't had a chance to review... It took me SO long to get this book read... I loved a lot of it, I didn't fall in Love with Iolanthe though... I adored Thomas... It was terribly romantic and it all came full circle... But for some reason I always felt like he gave more, felt more, Loved more, and deserved more... but if he's happy than who am I to complain...
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Great, fun story to read, even if it is hard to fathom a guy falling in love with a ghost. I was really reluctant to read this book because I wasn't too sure about Thomas from a previous book, but once again the author does a great job making the characters enjoyable to read and I soon found myself unable to put the book down. :)
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
Thomas McKinnon is a very wealthy man who takes on restoring a twelve-century castle. But he finds that the castle has ghosts living there, among them a beautiful medieval Scottish woman who gave her life in the castle. Is it possible to fall in love with a ghost. He finds he will risk everything including his life for her to make her his forever. Wow, I loved this story...
Karen  Boruff
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Kurland writes well but I struggled with this book. bored me to death in places. Had what I felt were plot flaws, simply so she could nip her plot into place. This aggressive "macho" hero...acts like a twelve year old. I am ex USAF so maybe I just know how a truly edge of danger man acts...not like this guy. I found no reason for this corporal man to fall in love with this shrew of a ghost.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore the world that Lynn Kurland has created. This tale of Iolanthe and Thomas McKinnon took me on a fantastic roller coaster ride of emotions. I rejoiced, I cried, I hoped - isn't that why we read romances in the first place? To experience the ride without risking our own hearts. this one is on my keeper shelf.
Jennifer Worry
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. Lynn Kurland is defenitely a wonderful romance author. It was a book filled with everything great, love, tragedy, comedy, and some wonderful ghosts thrown in just for fun. How can you not enjoy something like that? The book does cover a bit about ghosts and time travel, however Lynn managed to not let it turn out like some odd sci fi story at all.
Katrina Holman
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romance. I can enjoy a decent sex scene as much as the next girl, but it's nice to back away from all of that and find a love, rather than a love scene, that brings a smile.

As always, I enjoyed the plot, and the characters, both new and recurring, don't feel static.

As always, thank you, Lynn Kurland, for delivering!
Megan Evans
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was my first ghost story, and I did enjoy it. It was kind of like watching Casper as a young girl and *sighing* when he came back to life to kiss Christina Ricci only better, Because the ghost doesn't go back to being a ghost leaving the movie watcher (or in this case book reader) bereft.
Sep 11, 2009 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite Kurland book so far, though I still enjoyed it a lot. I had a hard time getting through the first half but once I did things moved a lot better. Even though I didn't love this one, as with all of her books I had that warm fuzzy feeling in the end =).
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
What do you do when the woman you are in love with is actually a 600 year old ghost who was murdered in the castle you were compelled to buy? You go back in time and rescue her.
Good, clean romance. I love those kind.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVE IT! This is one of my favorite ones so far. I love they way our Hero goes through extraordinary lengths to get his girl.

Great, clean romance with plenty of attraction and none of the pornographic details.

I want to read all of her books!!! forever!!!
Galadriel Johnson
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It has been several years since I read this novel and I still think about it. I just really loved the characters and the way she handles the situation they are forced into. I would really love to read this again and really write a detailed review.
Spring Clark
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another favorite!! I liked this book because it was different from the rest of Kurland's books. It had ghosts and time travel and the weird consequences of messing with time. It was a great love story too!
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Kurland book out of the series, but I still loved it because of the clean romance! It just seemed to be really hard for me to get into compared to some of the others in the series. But I love this series of books!!!
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. I was wondering how they were going to tie in the Ghostie issue and the time traveling although if I really would have thought about it I guess I could have figured it out... I <3 Duncan though! How sweet is he?!

Iolanthe MacLeod & Thomas McKinnon
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thomas falls in love with a ghost, not he most convince the mortal that it is true.

I really wish there was a list of what order to read the books, cuz going in order of when they were written isn't perfect
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  • The Christmas Cat (Includes: de Piaget, #4.5; de Piaget/MacLeod, #2.5)
  • Highlander's Curse (Daughters of the Glen, #8)
  • Highland Knight
  • Secrets of the Highlander (Highlander, #6)
  • Highland Magic (Highland Dream, #3)
  • Viking Heat (Viking II, #9)
  • Knight Errant (Knight Errant #1)
  • Some Like it Kilted (Highlander #4)
  • A Matter of Time (MacKendimen, #3)
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)
  • A Dance Through Time (MacLeod, #1; de Piaget/MacLeod, #2)
  • The Very Thought of You (MacLeod, #2; de Piaget/MacLeod, #4)
  • 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; de Piaget/MacLeod #22)