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A Slip In Time Paperback – July 2, 2012
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About the Author
Kathleen Kirkwood is the pseudonym for award-winning, best-selling author Anita Gordon. She is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America's 1989 Golden Heart Award and winner of RWA's Desert Rose Chapter's 2002 Golden Quill Award, among other honors and recognitions. Having an abiding love for history, she enjoys setting her stories in distant times and places long past. They include a Viking Age trilogy (writing as Anita Gordon), plus other Medieval adventures and Late Victorian paranormal romances - Time Travel and ghosts (writing as Kathleen Kirkwood). Recently, she and her husband returned to the southwest, where they first met at college. Currently, she is dusting off and revising her backlist for release in digital and print format, bringing them all together under her "Kathleen Kirkwood" pen name. The first two books of the Viking Age "HEART" trilogy, THE VALIANT HEART and THE DEFIANT HEART were released in May and June. The third book, THE CAPTIVE HEART will be released In July. Her other works, SHADES OF THE PAST, A SLIP IN TIME and HIS FAIR LADY were released in 2012. She will next turn her attention to a haunting tale set on the Chesapeake Bay and the shores of historic Southern Maryland. Look for updates on PIRATES' MOON. at her website: www.KathleenKirkwoodHistoricals.com. For a behind the scenes look at the creation of these works, drop by her blog at: www.KathleenKirkwood.blogspot.com.
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So here's my run down of the story, It's the late 1800's and high English society is on the move. Julia is the protagonist here. She comes from parents that chose love, instead of titles. That being said tragedy struck and she now has to live with her Aunt and cousins and conform to their English court life. During the summer the high society folk travel around the different estates to visit and be seen. They group is invited to Dunraven Castle, which is the estate the story revolves around. (this is the part that drags and takes some patients to get through) The train ride, carriage ride, and arrival to the castle allow for back story and introduction of several (sometimes overwhelm) characters. Once the group arrive at the castle things start to pick up and the story really starts taking shape. A late arrival, full house and an Aunt that insists on making it obvious she doesn't want you around, all add up to Julia being placed in the original castle tower room. Julia finds herself experiencing some strange, unfamiliar, and perhaps paranormal situations in the room including: a naked highlander, disapearing furniture, and color changing bed covers. Rae Mackinnon comes in to the story at this time as the 15th century Highlander, aka the Third Laird of Dunraven. Julia and Rae's love story begins here. The two began seeing each other during "time slips" (when the veil between two different time periods joins) and after a few confusing encounters, an eccentric society of scientist getting involved and of course a love that spans time, Julie and Rea find themselves facing a difficult decision.
Once the story gets to this point, it's difficult to put down. There are a few "love making scenes", which are steamy. I was glad they weren't too detailed. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for such dirty details, maybe it just left more to the imagination? Either way the story goes on and I found myself thinking,"oh come on, it can't end like this!"
All in all it was a great story and I'd recommend it to those that like:
A touch of regency romance
A bigger touch of Highland romance(the reason I got it)
A love story that spans time (time travel romance)
And steamy scens that allow your mind to paint the picture, not spelled out in great detail.
Julia Hargrove is forced to accompany her unkind aunt and cousins to a house party in Scotland. When she arrives she is housed in the old tower in castle Dunraven. She finds herself mysteriously transported back to the late 1400’s and is astonished that no one can see her but the very handsome laird, Rae Mackinnon. She is transported shortly again back to 1893. This happens several times and scares her. Fortunately the current owner of the castle believes her and with his assistance she transports several times back to Rae’s time.
Rae is simply fascinated by Julia. Their time together is only hours at a time but they make the most of their brief moments. They fall madly in love but what future can they have. Rae is trying to keep his clan together after his long imprisonment in the Tower of London. He is a good man, compassionate and honest.
Julia has her own problems back in her time. There’s a lecherous aristocrat showing too much interest in her life and she is lonely, her parents have both passed away. Julia is likable from the first moment she is introduced. She is a kind woman.
This plot was ingenious. The reader never knows what will happen when Julia is transported and I certainly did not know how the two would wind up together. There is wonderful tension in this story. The leads long for each other but more than time separates them. There’s some unexpected humor and Rae is one of those heroes who is noble and protective yet more than willing to listen to Julia. This is a great tale and I hope a sequel is in the works.
The ending is solid (no cliff hangers here) with some great sudden - and unexpected - twists near the end which make you sit up in surprise! The great ending makes me want to find out if anyone else ever used the stone that had been left behind, to come forward in time in future years. Will have to watch this Author. Her writing is great and her knowledge of ancient Scotland shows through easily enough.