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The Ruby Brooch (Time Travel Romance) (The Celtic Brooch Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Lowry Logan
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Book Description

Over 20 Months on the Kindle Time Travel Romance Best Seller List

"Some see darkness where others see only the absence of light."

Paramedic Kit MacKlenna discovers that part of her inheritance includes a Celtic brooch and a letter from her late father explaining that she is not his daughter, and in fact was probably born in the 19th century. Shocked by his confession and the loss of her identity, she decides to use the power of the ruby brooch and take a hair-raising trip back in time to the 19th century American west to solve a mystery without changing history. Her dangerous quest could cost her not only her heart, but her life.

Highland born Cullen Montgomery has his future planned and it doesn't include a reckless, mule-headed female, but that doesn't stop the Scotsman's defenses from slipping when he sees Kit risk her life to save her traveling companions. Can he walk away from the only woman he's ever met who stirs his passion, ignites his fury, and confounds his logic, or will he lose everything along the way, including his heart?

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˃˃˃ A Sweeping Saga ~ Great Time Travel Historical Romance ~ A Real Winner

Time Travel and a Scottish Hunk. What's Not to Love?

˃˃˃ Reviewer's Comment

When I first approached Logan's work, I expected to be confronted by a star-trekky series of superficial, time-travel inventions that are ten a penny and simply don't appeal to me at all. How wrong I was. In reality, I found a writer of ingenuity, with a depth of understanding of the human condition and the ability to share it with the reader that far exceeded my expectations. Yes--I have to admit it; that exceeded my expectations of a modern woman and an American woman at that.

Her two novels to date, The Ruby Brooch and The Last MacKlenna, both of which I've read and hugely enjoyed, explore the lives of two women, Kit MacKlenna and Meredith Montgomery both of whom face worlds of adversity and come through them thanks to a mixture of such determination and, it has to be said, pig-headedness, that the reader is drawn into their lives and wants them to succeed.

Their men, Cullen Montgomery and Elliot Fraser, are developed with a deftness of touch that I once again consider exceptional in a female writer. I feel that Logan is a writer to be read, enjoyed and admired, and having found her voice in her work to date, may well produce a contemporary novel of lasting significance. I shall look forward to that. (Add to your cart now!)

˃˃˃ Reviewer's Comment

It is rare for a story to capture my attention so quickly, but this proved to be the perfect holiday read. Kit, a modern young paramedic, horse owner/racer and heiress to a fortune, is feisty, lovely, humble, and wonderfully stubborn. She has recently lost her parents and has discovered a Celtic brooch that can take her back in time on a quest to discover her true parentage. There she meets the devastatingly attractive Cullen, guide to an Oregon wagon trail, lawyer, and a well-off gentleman who knows his own mind. Naturally, sparks fly.

This story is one of those family saga romances that spans generations, but in a unique time travelling way. Twenty-first century clashes with 1852 Western-style. Feisty, modern heroine causes big trouble for handsome, virile hero, who cannot help but fall in love. Misunderstanding, circumstance, and cultural differences are bound to stand between them and true love. Everything a good romance needs. Even better, it is beautifully and intelligently written, the characters are well-drawn, and with the developing romance intricately woven into a family mystery, I could not tear myself away. I loved every second of this read.

Time-traveling romance just added itself to genres I want to read. Best of all, I see there are more brooches to enjoy!

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From the Author

As a child, I fell in love with history, then later as a young adult, I started reading historical fiction. A passion for history and a fascination with mysteries and time travel led to writing time travel romance.  

One of my favorite writing experiences happened a few years ago during the Christmas holidays. I was working on the stampede scene in THE RUBY BROOCH and I needed gun information. So I went to a local store. My first visit ever! The store was crowded with holiday shoppers. I stood at the door not knowing what to do. The cashier asked if he could help me. I said, "I need a gun that will kill as many cows as possible in the shortest amount of time." The store went completely silent. The men stared at me. I had a lot of explaining to do. After they discovered I was a writer, everyone wanted to give me gun advice. 

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From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman's amazing journey as she tries to solve the murder of her birth parents 160 years in the past. 

As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers.

After studying the journal, she decides to continue her father's twenty-five year search for her identity and solve her birth parents' murders. She adopts the persona of the Widow MacKlenna, a role she's played in pioneer re-enactments and a perfect cover for her eccentric behavior. Then she utters the incantation inscribed on the ancient stone and is swept back in time to the year 1852. 

Upon arriving in the past, she meets Scotsman Cullen Montgomery, a San Francisco-bound lawyer who resembles the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. With Cullen's assistance, she joins a wagon train heading west. The journey is fraught with dangerous river crossings, bad water, and disease. Nothing, however, is more dangerous than Cullen's determination to uncover the source of her unusual knowledge and life-saving powers and expose the real Kit MacKlenna. If she can survive the perilous journey and Cullen's accusations and thwart his attempts to seduce her, she might find the answers she seeks and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time.

This 19th century sensuous and dramatic love story comes complete with an ensemble cast who share a common goal. Kit and Cullen's flirtatious banter will make you wonder what will happen between them. You'll taste the dust from the trail and smell the coffee. You'll want to dance to the sound of the banjos, clap with the children, and sigh at the sight of the sun setting over the prairie. You'll share their hardships and celebrations, and at the end of the story, you won't want to say goodbye.

Product Details

  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Katherine Lowry Logan; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic New Voice in the Romance Genre! May 20, 2012
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The Ruby Brooch is the first book in the Celtic Brooch Trilogy by Katherine Lowry Logan. When I was contacted by the author to read this book, I was instantly excited. It combines several of my favorite things; historical romance, time travel and a stubborn woman. I could not wait to read it. From modern day Kentucky to 1852 Independence, Missouri, this book brings you on a woman's journey through time that defies all the odds.

Kit, our main character is such a strong and determined woman, you can't help but love her as she tries to learn the truth about her parentage. Her loyalty and bravery are other traits that I really admired. She doesn't know how not to help people in need. I loved watching her story unfold. All the characters were vibrant and complex; no cardboard cut outs here. Cullen, Kit's love interest, is beyond swoon-worthy; he quotes Shakespeare, hums Bach and is overprotective in a non-control freak way. I adore him.

This was a fast read for me, probably because I couldn't put my kindle down. Instead I was carrying it from room to room so I could see what would happen next. It's fast paced, sweet and sad at times. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster as I read. Laughing one moment and crying the next. It's an incredible story rich with detail. I could picture the wagon train in my mind so easily from the author's descriptions. The story is told from the third person perspective which I really love because you get to get inside all the characters' heads and see what makes them tick.

Amazing characters and great storytelling make this a real page turner. The Ruby Brooch is one of the best books I've read this year; it's a fantastically original and moving book that will make you believe in true love and soul mates.This book was breathtaking from beginning to end. A poignant tale of loss and love and hope. I cannot wait for the next installment! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Exciting Story of Love May 18, 2012
By Shirl
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Wow! What a book! I thought at the first it might be just a regular story, was I ever wrong. This story took off and didn't stop till the very last word. It is full of growing excitement, twist truns, surprises and full of romance and love. It will make you laugh, cry and tug at your heart. Great writing great read.
I am looking forward to reading more of this authors books in the future.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It May 27, 2012
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Loved this book. Love historical, time travel novels and this is one of the best I've read. Being full of twists keeps it from being too predictable. As soon as I finished I looked to see if the others in the trilogy are out. Sad to say, not yet, but looking forward to them when they come out. Great read.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed November 1, 2012
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I wish that books were rated like movies. I, as another reviewer said, prefer the bedroom door closed. I feel that in this case "romance novel" was a euphemism for porn. The story was OK. but not in same class as Susanna Kearsley or Laura Vosika.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read June 9, 2013
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I could not put this book down. I would wake up in the middle of the night and start reading again. I am an ex EMT and the authors description of this part of the character was right on. Every part of the book was very believable.

Congratulations to Katherine Logan who has become my favorite author!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweeping saga June 30, 2012
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The Ruby Brooch brings us love in a difficult time--the wagon train days of the mid-nineteenth century--made more difficult for its heroine, Kit MacKlenna, because she's a time-traveler from the twenty-first century. The story is compelling, with tenderness and the raw violence and tragedy of the frontier coexisting in balance.

The characters are fully fleshed out. For example, Kit's Old West hero, Cullen is educated and erudite, so he don't talk in no consarned stair-e-a-typical cowboy drawl, but nonetheless finds it odd that Kit wants to bathe so often! The writing is straight-forward, with nifty flourishes like, "He had a life he was moving toward, and she had a life she was trying to find."

A good read, especially if you like time travel and romance.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea; poorly executed October 18, 2012
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I've been into this time travel genre lately and the idea behind the travel in this one was pretty cool... but there was just too many little weird things about it that bugged me.

First of all, what was up with the quotation marks? They were either put in the wrong spot or missing altogether. Weird.

Beyond that, the book just didn't interest me. Like I said, it was a great idea but the author failed to make it work. The 'romance' element felt forced and pretty much non-existent. The hero seemed bi-polar. The heroine too, actually. Several times, in the middle of romantic scenes, one got mad at the other over very minor things. And, like, really really mad. Not just annoyed, but walk-away-don't-speak-for-days mad... and then suddenly, they'd make up without much ado about it. The author was just trying too hard to create conflict, I think. The entire story sparked no emotions at all. I kept having to go back a couple pages when I'd start reading again because I would forget what was happening. Oh, right, more boring stuff! In fact, I just finished this about two days ago and I've already forgotten all the lead character's names. They had no personality, no depth. About halfway through, I started really speeding to get through it, thinking it'd get better. It didn't. And there are supposed to be two more books to the series?! No thanks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
loved both the books,I hope #3 is as good.
Published 12 hours ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have enjoyed this series looking for more of the trilogy
Published 2 days ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the series...
Published 3 days ago by The lamaloft
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read
this was a really good read. I liked it because there was actually a story to it and not all sex. The author made some nice twists and turns all the way through. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Angie Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast paced and very enjoyable. Quick read.
Published 4 days ago by MARGARET DIEHL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable read.
Published 5 days ago by drseastman
3.0 out of 5 stars but I like my time travel stories to be a little more ...
I know this will sound ridiculous, but I like my time travel stories to be a little more realistic. As a medic myself this was not believable. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars but I like my time travel stories to be a little more ...
I know this will sound ridiculous, but I like my time travel stories to be a little more realistic. As a medic myself this was not believable. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down
Love this author,s writing style. Kit,s adventures & romance, along with the OREGON Trail history made this a very enjoyable read. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Carla Loveland
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I kept waiting for the story to get good but after reading more than 60% of the book I had to give up. Read more
Published 15 days ago by booklover
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Katherine grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended college in New Jersey where she earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. After attending the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, she returned to Central Kentucky and worked as a real estate and tax paralegal. Her muse simmered on the back burner until her daughters left for college. Then five days after completing the first draft of her first manuscript, her husband died unexpectedly. Healing was a very slow process, but after two weddings and five grandchildren she found her writer's voice again. Katherine is a marathoner and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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