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Night Visitor (Timeswept) by [Jackson, Melanie]
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About the Author

Melanie has been writing her entire life. In fact, one of her earliest fond memories is receieving an IBM Selectric typewriter for her birthday. After publishing romance novels (scottish historical and paranormal) from 1999 to 2010, Melanie chose to begin self-publishing cozy mysteries. Since then she has released the Chloe Boston, Butterscotch Jones, Wendover House, and Miss Henry Mystery series.

Melanie Jackson is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels, novellas and poems published in various languages. She lives with her writer husband, her bossy cat and spoiled dog in the Sierra foothills where it is almost impossible to grow pumpkins (or anything else the deer like). Besides gardening, she is involved with animal charities.


Product Details

  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DYGO7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By C. Penn on April 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tafaline Lytoon blithely pedals her bicycle in a sport dress, takes photographs of archeological digs, shoots a gun, and hikes through lonely country -- much to her father's chagrin. Her clothing is more concerned with comfort and indestructibility rather than fashion or appearance -- much like her approach to life. She realizes that most suitors are more attracted to her looks, her fortune, or entree to her father than to her.
Taffy's father asks her to photograph the skeleton of the famous ghost piper of Duntrune, Malcolm MacIntyre. According to legend, Malcolm played the pipes at risk of his own life to warn his clan of impending disaster. His plan worked but in retribution the enemy brutally killed him. Now, on stormy nights, he comes to play his pipes upon the wall. When she touches the piper's bones, a connection is made between Taffy and Malcolm.
The span between the centuries that Malcolm and Taffy occupy soon grows thin as each sights an apparition of the other. The echoes of words carry across the centuries until Taffy finds herself drawn into a journey leading her back through the centuries to the ugly wars between clans and the days when the faerie still held sacred space.
Melanie Jackson deftly weaves a tale that honors the myth, magic and lore of Scotland. Based on the true story of the piper of Duntrune, she masterfully blends fact with fantasy to present a fast paced, riveting tale. Indeed, this spanning of time and history will capture your imagination in a romance that will touch your heart. Very highly recommended.
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Night Visitor was absolutly spellbinding. I picked it up and embarked on a new adventure with an author I had not read as of yet. Not only do I like Melaine Jackson's style of writing, but the characters (Tafeline and Malcolm) were extremly real and very convincing. I loved the story line and the fact that fairies were involved. Kudos to Melanie for making the reader believe that the transition from one time to another was simple but to add a believable fairy story line was great. I would highly recommend this book and am going to buy her other two Iona and Manon tonight!
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This is the first book I've read by Ms. Jackson and am pleasantly surprised. Steeped in Scottish history it is an interesting read to boot. Although I will say that I too was confused by the typo at the beginning of chapter two (it gives the year 1964 instead of 1644). But fortunately, I found through reading the reviews here that it was indeed a typo.
Being this was the first book I've read in Scottish history, I felt a bit confused at first, but this only lasts through the first couple of chapters. After Taffy time travels, it is an easy read and enjoyable. It took me a little while to let go and accept the fantasy/fairy tale aspect of the book, but once I did I had no problem following the story line.
My highest praise for the book is its thoroughness. Ms. Jackson leaves no holes and the ending is satisfying as it does not feel rushed as it does in so many books.
So, I'm a little tired today as I couldn't put the book down until I finished it at 1:30 this morning, but it was worth it. I do recommend this book.
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I read these types of books so rarely now, I forgot how much I enjoy them. For me, this book was not an easy read. The story wasn't hugely complicated, but the language was way up there in the sense that I really had to pay attention while I was reading. Not only was the vocabulary pretty high, there was also a bunch of older Scottish spellings when people were speaking that you have to decipher too.

The book assumes a decent amount of Scottish history knowledge. I wouldn't say I felt lost, but there were times I was probably missing out on some of the motivations of the characters. There was a bunch of pixie-dust magic in the story. It wasn't quite a different world from ours, but the magic was so seamlessly woven into the story that it was, in the best way, hard to pick up what was myth versus true history.

Taffy and Malcolm both have slightly pointy ears, which ends up being a sign of fae descendance. They have certain powers that were somehow able to connect them over the span of hundreds of years separation. But both have to hide their powers to some extent in order to avoid persecution. They were both interesting and compelling. They kept certain parts of themselves locked away even from their own conscious mind and part of this story involves them having to face what they are and what powers they have.

I liked how strong and resilient Taffy was. She was in an uncomfortable spot at home but she still managed to find her passion and pursue it. She takes control of her destiny and doesn't break down when things are rough. She's so confident, she marches off into the darkness to rescue Malcolm. But she's really smart about it and takes her rifle. You can picture her being a early female Rambo with ammo belts criss-crossing her chest and camo paint on her face.
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I am one of the male managers of WISE Writers and Readers, and I generally leave the reviewing to Lady Ashorah, the head of WISE. But I wanted to say the male readers at WISE loved this book!!
Melanie is a super writer, with a haunting, evocative quality that leads the reader into a drama drawn from real historical events. She is one of the strongest historical writers around.
WISE WrIters and Readers Book of the Month for MAY and Book of the Year for 2001
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