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Bride of the Mist (Draycott Abbey Novels) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2004

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Complex and multi-faceted, Skye's (Bridge of Dreams) latest addition to her Draycott Abbey series is actually two stories in one. When bridal magazine editor Kara Fitzgerald attempts to secure Dunraven Castle to Scotland for a fashion shoot, she has to overcome the resistance of Duncan MacKinnon, the ill-tempered lord of the manor. The pair are thrown together after Kara interrupts Duncan at work-robbing a London jewelry store in order to discover the weakness in corporate security. An old necklace triggers a psychic link between Kara and 19th-century Arduaine of Draycotte, the beautiful, mute daughter of Lord Draycotte with whom Kara shares a possibly fatal destiny. Meanwhile, Duncan tries to prevent his evil twin brother (Dunraven's displaced heir) from blowing the new-forming couple to smithereens. Skillfully using two time periods, strong characters, reams of rich Scottish history, and a couple of resident ghosts, Skye has written one finely-crafted, very romantic love story.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Chritina Skye has eaten snake meat in Shanghai and armadillo in Canton. A Ph.D. graduate in Chinese literature, she has translated for Chinese generals, dissident poets, and fifth-generation puppet masters. In 1981 the Ohio native was nearly arrested when a businessman she was working for insisted she help him smuggle two "ladies of dubious virtue" into Peking's prestigious State Guest House.

The armed PLA soldiers at the gate were not amused, shenotes. But these days Skye's greatest love is England,especially the fog-swept southeast coast. Here she firstencountered the portrait of a proud-faced, sad-eyed aristocratand a great gray cat sitting protectively beneath it. Adrian andGideon haven't given her a moment's peace since.

Two Draycott novellas later (one appeared in Avon Books'Haunting Love Stories and one in Bewitching Love Stories),the award-winning author of four historical romances is deepat work on a new novel set at magical Draycott Abbey.

A descendant of Revolutionary War hero Adam Helmer,Christina Skye currently lives with her husband and youngson in New Jersey, where she prudently avoids snakes andanything that resembles an armadillo.

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Product Details

  • Series: Draycott Abbey Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380782782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380782789
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christina Skye loves the power of the written word. The New York Times bestselling author of 36 novels, 7 novellas and four non-fiction books still writes longhand.

Usually when her characters refuse to behave.

She came to writing late. Once she realized that she could not become the heir to a small European mountain kingdom, writing seemed like the next best thing. She is a pushover for Harris tweed, Scottish cashmere, handspun merino yarn, Shanghai street dumplings, French macarons and dark chocolate.

Not necessarily in that order.

After receiving her doctorate in classical Chinese literature, she traveled for five crazy years, working as a writer, translator and consultant to travel magazines, national tourist agencies, importers, apparel companies and museums, including the National Geographic Society, the Asia Society and the American Museum of Natural History, spending most of that time in Asia. Her mileage points were awesome.

Then the travel got old.

In 1990 she sold her first novel in six days. Since then she has written five different series for six different publishers. She has appeared on ABC Worldwide News, Travel News Network, the Arthur Frommer Show, Geraldo, Voice of America, Looking East, and Good Morning, Arizona.

In 2013 her contemporary romance, The Accidental Bride, was chosen as one of the ten best romance novels of the year by prestigious Booklist Magazine. In 2015 the book was chosen one of the 100 best books of the decade by the same premier review magazine. She is beyond thrilled by both honors.

"Rich with realistically complex characters and subtle wit, the latest addition to Skye's Summer Island series is as warm and comforting as a well-knit afghan. Skye perfectly captures the feel and appeal of small-town life, and this sweetly satisfying romance is an excellent read-alikes suggestion for fans of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series or Robyn Carr's Virgin River books."
~John Charles, Booklist

The book also received a reviewer's choice award from Romantic Times Magazine.

She is currently at work on a New Adult paranormal series and three new books in her Brides Club contemporary series, a spin off of her emotionally gripping Summer Island titles. In 2016 she will have five books published in the new Brides Club series, set on the ruggedly beautiful Oregon coast.

Christina loves to cook, knit lace on big needles, drink tea, collect vintage scarves and uncover odd historical tidbits that she can weave into her storylines.

Visit her online at christinaskye.com for a glimpse into new books, strange research tidbits, great recipes and some of her all-time favorite knitting patterns.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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Bride of the Mist is a quick-reading, suspense-filled, erotic love story set amongst the majesty of the English and Scottish countryside. Overflowing with lush descriptions, second-sight, a ghost and a cat, this is a page-turning, heart-stomping tale of a love between man and woman that endured throughout time.
Although primarily a contemporary romance, the story is mirrored by a tale of long ago between a beautiful mute girl, a Crusade-worn knight, and his evil brother. Their tale and destiny are to be re-lived by their contemporary counterparts, the beautiful American Kara Fitzgerald and the rugged Scots laird, Duncan MacKinnon.
They are thrown together because of her gift of second sight - through touch she can see and feel events and emotions. Skeptical at first, Duncan accepts her gift and they begin a dangerous adventure that could bind them together, in life or in death, if Duncan's evil (and supposedly dead) brother has his way.
The magical mysticism of Scotland adds unique flavor to this tale. Because of his heritage, Duncan also knows a thing or two about "the sight". He and Kara believe they are fighting against a destiny doomed to destroy him, and, as heroes are wont to do, he would push her away to protect her. Kara, on the other hand, believes that her gift is what has cost her love in the past, for she believes no man would want to share himself as totally and completely as would occur with her.
Their healing of each other, as is usual in romantic fiction, is quite unique due to the nature of Kara's gifts. It is Duncan's task to restore her confidence as a woman.
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After reading Christina Skye's historical romances, I was reluctant to give the Draycott Abbey series a go. You see, I'm a romance freak, and somehow, I've always preferred historical romances to contemporary ones. But, as luck would have it, I finished all her historical romances, and I was starved for more of her writing. In the end, I gave up, and decided to try and give it a shot. I wasn't very hopeful that I would like it - I mean, how real can it be, a contemporary romance with a resident ghost?!
I had to eat my words. I loved every page of her book! Now, I'm hooked, and I can't wait to get my hand on her remaining books. In fact, from now on, her name will be signature enough for me to buy ALL of the books that she has, published. I just pray feverently that she will not neglect the historical romances she weaved so well - I'm dying to know what happened to Conner Mackinnon, Duncan Mackinnon's ancestor!! Somebody please tell Christina to follow up on that one!
With one to two books out each year, Christina Skye can't write enough to satiate my thirst for her books!
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THIS WAS THE FIRST OF HER BOOKS THAT I HAVE READ AND I JUST COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. THE CHARACTERS ARE UNFORGETTABLE AND ARE FULL OF HOPE,PASSION, AND HONOR, BUT DON'T FORGET PRIDE. I ONLY READ BOOKS ABOUT SCOTLAND AND I HAVE FOUND A FAVORITE AUTHOR. CHRISTINA SKYE WEAVES AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY ABOUT TWO PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT WORLDS THAT ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER BY AN ANCIENT CASTLE AND AN ANCIENT PROPHECY. KARA FITZGERALD AND DUNCAN MACKINNON ARE UNFORGETTABLE AND VERY PASSIONATE. THE CAT FROM THE DRAYCOTT ABBEY IS KNOWN AS GIDEON AND I LOVED HIM SO MUCH ALSO THAT I NAMED A KITTEN AFTER HIM. I GIVE THIS BOOK 5 + STARS AND RECOMMEND IT TO ANY NEW ADULT ROMANCE READERS AND IT MAKES THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE WIFE WHO LOVES HISTORICAL ROMANCES.
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This is the fabulous love story of Duncan MacKinnon, the sixth laird of Dunraven and Kara Fitzgerald, an American with the gift of Sight. The two get involved in intrigue, murder and with each other. It's a great story filled with ghost and legends. It's yet another winner of the fantastic Draycott Abbey series. You'll love it. Trust me!
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This is the 2nd Christina Skye novel of the Draycott Abbey series that I have read (Hour of the Rose - my first) and I really love this gal's writing and stories. The first had an english Lord coupled with an American gifted with second sight. This book - Bride of the Mist - gives you a Scottish Lord - cousin to the Earl of Draycott Abbey and tossed together with another American who has an even stronger psychic connection to days past at Draycott Abbey and Dunraven Castle.
One thing, the story does not lack though is an unstopable pace that has you racing to finish the story holding your breath with each turn of the page! An exciting plot, with breathtaking descriptions of the castles, the abbey and the beautiful landscapes of England and Scotland. And one shouldn't forget the extremely sensual romantic and descriptive love play! Oh yes, this one is hot, hot, hot! - Could this be why I stay up half the night getting to all these juicy good parts?
Wonderful and exciting writing. I love the guardian ghost, Adrian and his cat Gideon - these stories make me yearn for the British Isles to see if I can find these sexy male heroes! - Dont' breathe a word to my husband though!
Definitely a keeper book and a MUST BUY for this author!
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