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Return of Black Douglas [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Coffman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Coffman's writing is deft, capable, and evocative."
-Publishers Weekly

He'll help a woman in need, no matter where she came from...

Alysandir Mackinnon rules his clan with a fair but iron fist. He has no time for softness or, as he sees it, weakness. But when he encounters a bewitching young beauty who may or may not be a dangerous spy, but is surely in mortal danger, he's compelled to help...

She's always wondered if she was born in the wrong time...

Thrown back in time to the tumultuous, dangerous Scottish Highlands of the sixteenth century, Isobella Douglas has a lot to learn about her ancestors, herself, and her place in the world. Especially when she encounters a Highland laird who puts modern men to shame...

Each one has secrets to keep, until they begin to strike a chord in each other's hearts that's never been touched before...

"With an eloquent pen, Ms. Coffman weaves words into a tapestry."
-RT Book Reviews

"Elaine Coffman touches the heart while making her readers laugh and cry."
-Atlanta Journal

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From Publishers Weekly

While visiting the Scottish tombs of her forebears, American archeologist Isobella Douglas encounters the ghost of her famous ancestor, Sir James, the Black Douglas. The matchmaking ghost seizes on her romantic fantasies, and before she knows it, Isobella and her twin sister, Elisabeth, a doctor, find themselves whisked to 16th-century Scotland, inappropriately dressed. When the dastardly Macleans capture Elisabeth, Alysandir Mackinnon, entirely fascinated by half-naked, strong-willed Isobella, offers to help her get her sister back. Bestseller Coffman (The Bride of Black Douglas) spins a rewarding love story between her two intelligent, stubborn protagonists, keeping their relationship fresh and their conflicts credible. Toss in a boy in need of a father, intriguing details of 16th-century customs, and a substantial but not overwhelming dose of sex, and the result is a satisfying time travel romance. (Apr.)
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A wonderful testament to the Scotland of old.

Product Details

  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402250746
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MMEG52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman
Paranormal Romance -April 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars

If you love time travel books and are looking for a fun escapism romance, then this lighthearted romp by Elaine Coffman is the book for you!

After her failed engagement, Isobella decides to go on a trip to Scotland with her twin sister Elisabeth. While visiting the tome of her Douglas ancestors they find a silver case that holds the heart of the Black Douglas. Isobella is moved by his tragic death and feels a real connection to her ancestors. Later, she begins to have strange and erotic dreams of a brawny highlander. When the sisters visit Beloyn Castle, Isobella is captivated by the portrait of the Black Douglas. When she touches it, they both find themselves transported back to 1515 in the midst of a battle! Each sister is captured by a rival clan. Isobella is saved by the Mackinnon clan. She tries to persuade the MacKinnon clan and the sexy Alysandir to rescue her sister.

Alysandir Mackinnon is a tough highlander who only wants to protect and defend his clan. Unlike his other Scotsmen he has no time for women. He had a wife once before and never wanted to experience it again! But when a strange woman named Isobella comes into his life he realizes he may have to rethink his old ideas.

Time travel books are usually hit or miss. They are fun to read but sometimes they are too unbelievable and farfetched. This book made me want to believe that Isobella and her sister had traveled back in time. I really enjoyed each of their adventures. The best part is how the author brings to life some very real characters and makes them human. I was fascinated by each of sister's struggles, but particularly enjoyed reading about practical Elisabeth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish April 11, 2012
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Maybe I shouldn't give this review because I couldn't get through the book but I was so annoyed that this 21st century woman started talking like a 16th century European poet as soon as she found herself in the past that I just didn't buy any of it. The word play between the two main characters was silly, every romantic device was contrived and I didn't care at all about these two. I didn't feel the chemistry between them and it's probably because the dialogue was so forced and artifical. It wasn't even worth the two bucks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Steamy romance, disappointing time travel! May 25, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a time travel junkie, I was excited to stumble across this book in the "new releases." Everything about the romance is well developed. There is definite heat between the hero and heroine, and the growing attraction builds physically and emotionally in a believable way. Unfortunately, the time travel device just doesn't work. You never quite figure out why "Black Douglas" is doing what he does. Or maybe the reader does discover it, but it's too late for it to be of any real significance at the end of the story. There are gaping plot holes that make no sense, but they have been covered in other reviews so I'll skip them. The dialogue between the two sisters (twins at that), is not believable at all, and the overuse of alliteration in the opening chapter is nearly unbearable. It does stop abruptly early on, so if you can get through the first two chapters you are fine. For some reason, Elizabeth, the doctor twin slips into a Scottish brogue later in the novel. This is after she explains to her twin the story that she made up for the Maclean clan to explain why she speaks with an American accent. So why all the "ye" and "bairn" talk? We learn during the story that Elizabeth is infatuated with one of the MacKinnon brothers, however in the blurb for an upcoming novel, it seems that Elizabeth ends up with someone outside of the clan. It's probably for the best! I would say don't waste your time on this one, but I do think that the author is talented and her relationship growth and love scenes are truly romantic. And isn't that why we read romance? Just don't believe the unreliable RT reviews about how great it is, and if you keep your expectations low, it'll be a decent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot Points Ruin Story April 28, 2011
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I would like to start by saying that I love time travel books. To love time travel books one has to be able to let reality go. 'Cause time travel just doesn't happen. Nor do paintings come to life or any of the other things that tend to happen in this genre of novel. But that doesn't mean that the book can't still be grounded in some semblance of its own reality. The world outside of the time travel still has to make sense for the book to work. And that is where this book let me down.

The tale starts with the visit of twins Isobella and Elizabeth Douglas to Scotland to explore their ancestors. One of them is the famous "Black Douglas." Isobella has studied Celtic history and she wanted to know more about the past of her family. She had also just been dumped by her fiance; he ran off with their dance instructor! She wanted a Darcy but didn't think she'd ever find one in modern times. She felt she was born hundreds of years too late.

Erm, we all know what happens next, right? Both Isobella and Elizabeth are sent back into the past by their ancestor The Black Douglas to the 16th century. A bit before Mr. Darcy to say the least.

While I liked the characters and I enjoyed Ms. Coffman's writing there were just too many stupid plot points that spoiled the book for me. I don't want to go into them in detail because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone that reads it. Things that were obvious to the reader that just were ignored by the characters. Again, I realize that these books are inherently fantastic but there must be some sense of protocol. For example: The hero finds the two girls from the future in a field wearing 21st century clothing. He captures one of them but doesn't search her bag even though he thinks her a spy? Makes no sense...

This is just one of many small little things that helped to distract me from totally enjoying the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
What a surprize!! Was not expecting what I read, thoroughly entertaining and I loved it. Need to read the sequel and soon!! I will keep reading Elaine Coffman... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
3.5 - 4 stars.

Although there was some eyerolling stuff going on plotwise, all in all it was entertaining.
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Published 3 months ago by Atunah
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine Scot hero.
I love the Highland romance since many of my ancestors are from Scotland. It's fun to read about the times they lived in.
Published 7 months ago by Janet L Wing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I couldn't put it down. The plot and characters were great. Elaine Coffman did not disappoint. However, I would not read the epilogue until after reading Lord of the Black Isle (or... Read more
Published 8 months ago by leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars Heart was good
The story was hard to get into, but it became quite good and finished well. I will read more Coffman that are all in the same time.
Published 10 months ago by Stacy Viereck
3.0 out of 5 stars What...?
Somehow I felt like this book was written by two different people, or like she started, put it down, then 5 years later returned and added some things without fixing what was... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars fan
This must be a fairly new writer as I can only find a couple written by her. But I liked it enough to go hunting for more.
Published 11 months ago by Marilyn L.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Black Douglas
I have to admit to reading another Highlander time travel novel. This one kept me back and forth. One moment loving it, another almost hating it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Makayla Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!
This story was magnificent! I loved all of it. I really loved the development of the characters. I wish at the end they would have had a more extensive ending with more details of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by B. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read
I had the sequel, but wanted to read this one first. It is a great book! I had to wait almost no time to receive it in the mail, and it arrived in excellent conditon.
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