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An ancient relic, a medieval crypt, a mad highlander at their throats and time running out. Mystery, suspense, romance.
Will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?
Somewhere My Lass is a suspenseful sci-fi/ fantasy time travel romance~
'‘The MacDonald comes’ warns Mora Campbell when Neil MacKenzie finds the young Scotswoman lying unconscious at the top of his stairs after he discovers his murdered housekeeper slumped at the bottom. Mora’s claim that she’s his fiancé from 1602 and was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, through ‘the door to nowhere’ seems utter nonsense. Neil thinks she’s addled from the blow to her head until his life spirals into chaos and the avenging Highlander shows up wanting blood. Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past, but he must also remember. And fast.
Although Niall’s kinsmen believe he’s dead, and Mora is now destined to marry his brother, she’s convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. The only problem is how to get back to 1602. An ancient relic, the ultimate geek friend, and a little Celtic magic help pave the way back to the enormous challenge that awaits them. If they’re in time.
“You are a beauty.” His words were a hoarse whisper.
The rise and fall of her chest betrayed a deep inhalation of breath. A flicker of reproach lit her eyes. “I dinna think ye took heed of me at all.”
He winced at the well-deserved jab. “About before, I’m sorry I left you so suddenly. But there’s no earthly way I could fail to notice you. I’d have to be deaf, dumb, and blind and even then…”
The tension in her face eased and then the hurt returned. “Oh, aye? How could ye forget all ye knew?"
He remained as he was, threading that wealth of hair through his fingers. Again, the rational part of him argued, “Is it possible you’re imagining you knew me before?”
She balked, a mutinous glint in her eyes. “Nae.”
He slid his hand to the finely crafted silver chain at her throat and coaxed the coverlets further down. A slight gasp escaped her lips. He muted any outward response to the thrill running through him. The scooped neckline of her nightgown revealed the tops of white breasts sprinkled with freckles.
Above this heart-hammering sight hung the crucifix. “I gave this to you?” he managed to ask without betraying the swell of emotion surging inside him.
“At our betrothal.”
Somewhere My Lass at Long and Short Reviews
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia
Somewhere Book 2
Neil MacKenzie's well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he's her fiance from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head--or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.
Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he's dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall's brother, she's convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it's too late.
The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?
Mora has crossed centuries to find her lost love, Neil, but how can she convince him that they belong together in 1602?
Mora Campbell somehow manages to tumble through a time portal and lands in Virginia in 2009. There she finds a man who goes by the name Neil MacKenzie. Mora is sure that Neil is none other than her lost betrothed Niall. At first Neil doesn’t believe a word Mora says, but sooner rather than later the past catches up to them both in the form of Red MacDonald, who followed Mora through the portal. MacDonald has a long standing feud with the MacKenzies, and he won’t stop until Neil is dead.
Neil soon realizes that everything Mora has said is true and finds himself in a race against time. He must find a way to return Mora to the past before MacDonald finds them. One problem remains. Who will Mora marry; Niall of the past, or Neil of the present? Or are the two men really one and the same, as Mora says? In the short time that Neil has known Mora, he’s fallen in love with her and the thought of her marrying another man is unbearable. Will Neil surrender Mora to Niall, or will fate smile on the lovers and grant them a way to be together?
As a heroine, Mora is simply a delight. Adapting to life in the modern world presents many challenges. I couldn’t help but smile as Mora attempts to make sense of modern technology, fashion, and hygiene practices. Being thrust into modern life could have defeated Mora. A weaker soul would certainly have wilted under the pressure, but Mora possesses a fiery spirit that gives her the strength to face anything, including the dangers presented by Red MacDonald and the passage of time itself.
Neil’s milder personality is the perfect complement to Mora’s hot temperament. He is more than a little skeptical about Mora and her origins when she first arrives. However, once Neil learns the truth, he stands by Mora’s side like a true hero. In order to hold on to his newfound love, he’s going to have to learn to let go of his well-ordered life and take a leap of faith.
Not only is Somewhere My Lass a tale of romance, but it is also a story of friendship. Neil’s best friend, Fergus, is one of the most amusing secondary characters I’ve read in a long time. His bright orange hair and obsession with science fiction and technology made me smile throughout the story. Fergus is a friend in the truest sense of the word. He’s willing to follow Neil into the past to lend a hand, and his belt full of gadgets saves Neil’s life on more than one occasion.
I’m a fan of Ms. Trissel’s historical romances, so I was intrigued at the idea that her latest story would include the element of time travel. Somewhere My Lass, is book two in Ms. Trissel’s Somewhere series, but it is not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy this story. Once I started reading Somewhere My Lass, I found Ms. Trissel had masterfully blended the past and the present in order to create a lovely romance that spans centuries. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a touching tale of love and friendship.
Somewhere My Lass at Night Owl Reviews
Author: Beth Trissel
Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy Romance
Reviewed by: Silvermage
Somewhere My Lass was a wonderful time-travel romance. I enjoyed that the time-travel went from the past to 2009 and not the other way. It was interesting to see the heroine Mora a, Scottish young woman, deal with the huge changes of the more present time. It was also funny to. Mora was a feisty woman. Yet she was also a caring Scottish woman and I liked her attitude and how she got to know Neil. Neil was tough yet caring and I liked how he came to care and love Mora and their relationship. Also Fergus Neil's friend was cool and fun with him liking video games and the tech kind of stuff. He was funny yet caring and helpful to Neil and Mora.
The part of the plot with Calum was interesting to. The fighting was exciting. I enjoyed Neil fighting and finally winning against Macdonald. The action scenes were done well as were the romantic scenes. I really enjoyed this book.
Somewhere My Lass at Barbara Veys Beyond Her Book Blog at Publisher's Weekly
Read by joysann
Neal MacKenzie steps into his old family home to find his housekeeper slain. He also finds a beautiful unconscious woman dressed as if she came right out the the highlands of Scotland centuries earlier. Time has twisted and Mora has stepped through it to find the descendent of her affianced Niall, and the two of them work together to stop the murderous Red MacDonald from killing Niall before Neal can even exist.
Somewhere My Lass presents a convoluted time-twisting conundrum which becomes more intriguing as it goes along. I found the romance of it touching, the enigma baffling, and the resolution unexpected. A light, interesting blend of contemporary and historical fiction.
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