When an irate customer threatens to ruin Zachary Smith and expose him, he swears off anymore paranormal adventures. Zachary determines to settle down and have a nice quiet life with a girl next door type. But when a misstep in Artane castle’s crumbling Solar sends him back to the year 1258, he comes face to face with Mary de Piaget and knows there could never be another. Mary de Piaget is content to train her father’s horse’s, but when threatened with marriage to a man she can’t abide, she looks to this odd stranger to help her out of her situation. Scared for her life and her well being, Mary begins to hope for a different future with the handsome stranger. Tested to no end by her father and overprotective cousins, Zachary will do whatever he must to keep Mary safe and prove his love to her family.
I really enjoyed this story. Since picking up my first Jude Deveraux book, I’ve been a fan of historical romance and time travel stories. The year 1258 brings us to Lord Robin Artane’s castle and into his family fold. When a stranger appears in strange clothing Lord Robin doesn’t know what to make of him. Setting him to cleaning out the lists and sleeping in the stables, he begins to gauge his character. Zachary will do whatever he can to stay in his Lord’s good graces long enough to leave Artane castle and find a doorway back to his own time. But as many times as he leaves, he is drawn back by the lovely Mary de Piaget.
I love Zachary because he’s humble, and protective, and kind. But even in all of that he’s no pushover, and he’s willing to do the most menial of jobs for the most basic accomodations. He’s also very talented in architecture, and proves it by designing Robin of Artane’s dog kennels, and restoring old castles. I also love Mary because she has her own mind, despite the times, and she’s very skilled with horses. She delicate, yet fierce and passionate all at the same time. Her and Zachary seem to just fit.
This book was also sprinkled with a whole host of characters that kept me thoroughly entertained. Mary de Piaget’s cousins were especially lovely in particular. The twins Theo and Sam, kept up mischeif, while Connor and Thad just wanted to make sure Mary was protected. And Jackson was unrelenting when it came to her safety, especially when it came to Zachary. But Zachary is charming enough to win them all over one by one.
My only complaints about this book is that it was too long. It could have been tied up sooner than it actually was. I kept thinking, damn there’s more!? Also, there were too many character’s whose significant other was from a different time and I was starting to get confused. Sometimes it just mentioned too many people with odd situations to keep up. Other than that it was a sweet story about time travel and love, with enough surprises to keep it interesting. A must read.
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