On the northern shore of Scotland lies an ancient castle with an intriguing past. Historical novelist Carrie McClelland knows that it is going to play a large part in her current book, about the exiled Scottish king and a 1708 plot to return him to his throne. What she doesn’t know, right away anyway, is how much this castle and its history are going to play a role in her own life and in the life of the ancestors she is learning about.
So, this was a pretty brilliant story. We switch throughout the book between Carrie’s novel and her own modern-day life, like a wonderful two-for-one. Both plots are incredibly romantic but not overly so. I loved the Scottish setting and the way things twined together. I didn’t need or love the whole “ancestral memory” reasoning; I would’ve taken the story hook, line and sinker without it — the idea of someone in the present being able to discern what happened in the past totally works for me. I also liked being a part of Carrie’s writing and research process — the family history angle was an interesting piece too.
Solid writing, beautiful romance, interesting historical plot, a few great twists. Great fun.
Rated: Mild for four uses of mild language and several off-screen sexual encounters.