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Beth Trissel

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· Traitor's Legacy (Traitor's Legacy Series #2)

· Plants For A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles

· Somewhere in the Highlands (Somewhere in Time Book 3)

· A Warrior for Christmas

· Somewhere My Love--Somewhere In Time Series Book 1

· Kira, Daughter of the Moon

· The Bearwalker's Daughter

· The Lady and the Warrior

· Somewhere the Bells Ring

· Into the Lion's Heart


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· An Adventure in Planting Pussy Willows

· The Christmas Kitten-Cat

· One of the Scariest Ghost Stories Ever

· How I Got to Neverland

· Supernatural Tales from Brocks Gap, Virginia

· The Poltergeist in our Old Farmhouse

· Make Way For Ducklings

· Spring Rites

· Ghosts and Old Barns

· The Ghost of Christmas Past


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· Christmas in Colonial America

· Fear of Witches in Colonial Virginia and Recent Times

· Writing Across Genres

· History Is Alive--The Inspiration In Research

· The History & Romance Behind Scarborough Fair

· The Black Death & The Vinegar of the Four Thieves

· Herbs Enhance Historical/Paranormal Romance

· Who Remembers the French and Indian War?

· The Salem Witch Trials & My Ancestor Orlando Bagley

· Old Time Cures from the Shenandoah Valley and Mountains


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· On.99 Sale! Kira, Daughter of the Moon!

· Free in Kindle--Somewhere My Lass

· New Release!

· On Super Sale--Kira, Daughter of the Moon!

· New Historical Romance Release!

· Finalist in the Readerís Favorite Book Reviews & Award Contest

· Super Review for Into the Lion's Heart

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Somewhere My Lass Reviewed At Romancing The Book

11/27/2010 2:59:00 PM

by Beth Trissel


Romance Novel Review

Review: "Somewhere My Lass" by Beth Trissel

Review by Jenni

Graphics designer guy, Neil, has had a rough day at the office, but things don’t get much better when he comes home to find his housekeeper murdered at the bottom of the stairs. After calling 911, he looks around for forced entry or any items that might be missing but instead stumbles upon a tartan-clad lass, plucked straight from 1602 Scotland, knocked out in his upstairs hallway. Surely this must be the housekeeper’s niece that was coming to visit, right?

Certain that she is seeing Niall, the man she was to marry in Scotland, Mora introduces herself to Neil as his betrothed. Neil is truly mystified by this freckled beauty from the Old World, but things get even stranger when Mora explains that she was chased through a stone passageway by “the MacDonald,” before passing through a door that landed her in Neil’s home. Naturally, Neil thinks a head injury is to blame for the lass’ ramblings since the door she apparently came through has been kept locked ever since the balcony once outside that door collapsed from disrepair. But Mora is here, now, in the present! And it appears that a MacDonald from 400 years past is running loose in Staunton, Virginia. But why?

Mora insists that the MacDonald clan is hell-bent on getting rid of the MacKenzie clan, which doesn’t bode well for Neil since his last name is MacKenzie. Suddenly his skin gets prickly and things are starting to feel very strange… but also very real. Could it be that Mora speaks the truth? Could there be a connection between Neil and Niall over the chasm of time?

With the help of best friend and geeky gadget guru, Fergus, the story highlights the power of friendship when Neil and Mora embark on their mission to discover why the MacDonald is after Neil, with Fergus in tow. But as Neil’s feelings for Mora grow protective and strong, we are reminded of Niall. What happened to the man Mora was to wed over 400 years ago? And more importantly, how will their actions in the present affect what has already happened in the past?

Somewhere My Lass
is a paranormal romance that tangles an intriguing mystery between a town in present day Virginia and the Scottish Highlands of the 17th century. Creatively complex, this story moves quickly since all the events take place within a few days time. Along this journey, Fergus entertains us with his plethora of tech-gadgets, movie references, and a preparedness MacGyver would envy. Add Fergus’ Goth cousin, Wrenie, to the mix and poor Mora is lost as she struggles to grasp modern conveniences and trends, much like Giselle from Disney’s Enchanted. Fergus’ mother also lends her talents, preparing Neil, Mora and Fergus for what is certain to be the adventure of a lifetime.

This book is the second in Beth Trissel’s Somewhere series, although the books are stand-alone. This story is a page-turner, so if you enjoy Scottish Highland stories and seek a taste of time-travel, this would be a good book for you! The author paints a bonny picture of the ancient times, down to the structures and wardrobes, and I found the Scottish brogue mild enough to be a minimal distraction, yet enough to keep up the appearance of authenticity. My one gripe, aside from the editor’s repeated misspelling of the word ‘ambulance,’ were the references to popular movies and gadgets. This added a very fun and enjoyable dimension to the story, however it became tiresome having to read an explanation for each movie or item mentioned. A little confidence in the reader’s knowledge of pop culture (or the ability to look up something unfamiliar) would have been nice. The end of the story was satisfying but it did leave many questions unanswered. And I was stunned that there was no epilogue! Big opportunity missed here, in my opinion, especially after Neil’s conversation with Fergus at the end of the story.

I’m still fairly new to paranormal/time-travel stories so I have to work a bit harder to suspend belief and not think about how much the present-day side of things would have been altered as a result of history that was changed. But hey, this is fiction! And on that note, can I share how much I was really hoping Fergus would pull out a Light Saber and attack the MacDonald?

 

Beth Trissel


More News by Beth Trissel

· On.99 Sale! Kira, Daughter of the Moon! - 9/20/2013 11:44:00 AM
· Free in Kindle--Somewhere My Lass - 8/18/2013 4:42:00 AM
· New Release! - 7/28/2013 6:38:00 AM
· On Super Sale--Kira, Daughter of the Moon! - 3/7/2013 8:29:00 AM
· New Historical Romance Release! - 11/2/2012 11:51:00 AM
· Finalist in the Readerís Favorite Book Reviews & Award Contest - 7/1/2012 1:00:00 PM
· Super Review for Into the Lion's Heart - 5/18/2012 6:23:00 AM
· Romancing the West's Cupid Party! - 2/8/2012 5:49:00 AM
· Super Review for Somewhere the Bells Ring - 12/21/2011 1:40:00 PM
· Ho Ho Ho Holiday Spice Blog Tour - 12/14/2011 8:16:00 AM
· Giveaway of My New Christmas Release - 12/6/2011 5:42:00 AM
· Holiday Specials & Free Books! - 12/3/2011 5:46:00 AM
· Save A Turkey Gobble A Book Blog Tour - 11/14/2011 7:47:00 AM
· SPOOK-A-LICIOUS: WHERE BOO-KS DEVOUR YOU BLOG HOP TOUR (OCT 17-24) - 10/16/2011 1:19:00 PM
· I'm A Double Eppie Finalist! - 9/25/2011 4:13:00 PM
· AUTUMN HARVEST: FALL BETWEEN THE PAGES BLOG HOP TOUR (Sept 19-26) - 9/19/2011 4:20:00 AM
· Price Slashed on Light Paranormal Romance Somewhere My Love! - 9/15/2011 9:35:00 AM
· SULTRY SUMMER NIGHTS: IGNITE YOUR PASSIONS BLOG HOP TOUR - 8/24/2011 7:54:00 AM
· If You Like Kewl Scotsmen - 6/10/2011 4:50:00 AM
· My Nonfiction Release! - 4/29/2011 11:57:00 AM
· Read An Ebook Week - 3/6/2011 11:16:00 AM
· I'm At History Undressed Blogspot - 1/5/2011 1:57:00 PM
· Most Viewed Reviews at Seriously Reviewed - 1/1/2011 8:47:00 AM
· NIGHT OWL TOP PICK - 12/23/2010 5:56:00 AM
· Outstanding Review for Historical Romance Red Bird's Song - 12/20/2010 9:37:00 AM
· I'm Featured In A Gardening Book! - 11/28/2010 11:34:00 AM
· Iím Featured In The New Cocktails Fiction & Gossip E-Magazine - 11/20/2010 6:10:00 AM
· Red Bird's Song At Seriously Reviewed! - 11/17/2010 6:50:00 PM
· At Barbara Vey's Beyond Her Book! - 11/7/2010 1:11:00 PM
· Enemy of the King Made the Best Romance Novel List at Buzzle! - 10/31/2010 5:29:00 AM
· Who Likes A Good Time Travel Romance Plus Ebook Give Away - 10/26/2010 5:52:00 AM
· Sci-fi Fantasy Romance Somewhere My Lass got A Great Review from Night Owl - 10/20/2010 10:53:00 AM
· SOMEWHERE MY LASS Got A Super Review From LASR! - 6/11/2010 6:38:00 AM
· SOMEWHERE MY LASS IS OUT! - 5/26/2010 11:01:00 AM
· ILLUSTRATED EXCERPT From ENEMY OF THE KING - 3/3/2010 3:41:00 PM
· A Little Romance, The Blue Danube, and That Glorious First Kiss! - 2/17/2010 12:00:00 PM
· Upcoming Releases and New Book Covers - 1/31/2010 9:29:00 AM
· Illustrated Excerpt from DAUGHTER OF THE WIND - 1/30/2010 11:59:00 AM
· Somewhere My Love Won the Trailer Contest! - 1/15/2010 7:26:00 PM
· DAUGHTER OF THE WIND AT BITTEN BY BOOKS! - 1/10/2010 8:16:00 AM
· THROUGH THE FIRE AT TWO LIPS! - 1/6/2010 7:00:00 AM
· SOMEWHERE MY LOVE Won Ultimate Cover Clash! - 1/4/2010 4:56:00 PM
· Illustrated Excerpt from THROUGH THE FIRE - 12/29/2009 8:25:00 AM
· Review for Enemy of the King by Angela Simmons - 12/2/2009 7:41:00 PM
· Review for Somewhere My Love by Icy Snow Blackstone - 11/15/2009 11:31:00 AM
· I made the Publisherís Weekly BHB Readerís Choice Best Books of 2009! - 11/12/2009 5:48:00 PM
· DAUGHTER OF THE WIND AT MISTRESS BELLA REVIEWS! - 11/9/2009 3:43:00 PM
· THROUGH THE FIRE Got Five Smacks From Mistress Bella Reviews - 11/8/2009 6:56:00 AM
· ENEMY OF THE KING Got Five Smacks from Mistress Bella Reviews - 11/8/2009 6:54:00 AM
· FIVE CUPS AT COFFEE TIME ROMANCE! - 11/8/2009 6:49:00 AM
· THROUGH THE FIRE AT HISTORICALS REVIEWED - 11/8/2009 6:15:00 AM
· THROUGH THE FIRE AT THE PEN AND MUSE! - 10/29/2009 2:55:00 PM
· Through The Fire Won the Grab A Reader Contest - 9/21/2009 12:43:00 PM
· I'M IN THE DAILY NEWS RECORD (Our Paper)! - 9/5/2009 7:22:00 AM
· My Book Trailers (YOUTUBE LINKS) - 8/18/2009 10:10:00 AM

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