Friday, October 28, 2011

[Review]: "Somewhere My Lass"

Title: Somewhere My Lass
Author: Beth Trissel
Series: Somewhere, #2
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: June 2010
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Summary (
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?

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My Review:

Neil MacKenzie's life is pretty normal; a business man (single, of course) his toughest challenge lately has been trying to fix up his childhood home. But when he comes home from work one night to find his housekeeper, and dear friend, lying in the front hall with her throat slit, he knows that his ordinary life is about to get complicated. What he never expected was a Scottish lass from the sixteenth century to be unconscious on his stairway; and he especially didn't expect her to, upon waking up, call him Niall MacKenzie—her betrothed who has gone missing.

Mora Campbell is confused when she wakes up in a strange place after running away from the fearsome Red MacDonald. She remembers going through a doorway in the castle.....and now finds herself in a modern day home in Virginia! On top of that, who should she find staring down at her but Niall, whom she was set to wed before he suddenly disappeared, believed to be dead in a fire. Instead here he is before her, with short hair, odd clothes, and a funny accent. But she knows it's her Niall, for not only does he still look the same but her heart recognizes him. But if it's Niall, why is it he can't remember anything before this strange time?

At first Neil is convinced that Mora has suffered a terrible head injury; why else would a woman know nothing about the modern world and keep saying that she is from another century? But as he spends more time with her, and starts to delve into his own memory, he soon comes to the realization that Mora is indeed telling the truth. Not only is she from the past, but he is as well—or at least a part of him is.

Suddenly Neil finds himself in the middle of an adventure the likes of which even his good friend (and kind-of nerd) Fergus hasn't seen or read about in the various fantasy worlds he loves. In only a few days time, the Niall that is back in the past, locked away and being tortured by the MacDonald clan, will die—and if Mora doesn't return to her time and marry her new betrothed, Calum (Niall's brother) then the modern day Neil was cease to exist as well, as he is, in some twisted way, the descendant of Mora and Calum. But if things work out correctly, not only can Neil return Mora to her time, but he may also be able to merge Niall with himself and therefore eliminate all the worries, allowing him and Mora to have their happily ever after. But even though fate (or God) has decided to give them this second chance at love, other forces are at work here and nothing will be easy.

3 STARS! A lovely, quick novel that is sure to please many readers, Somewhere My Lass tells an interesting time travel story that captures the imagination and makes one wish that they too had a Neil (or Niall) to come home to. The romance may be fairly PG, but it is sweet and charming nonetheless. Best of all the reader can't help but be pulled into the story; between the dialogue and the descriptions, you may just find yourself wondering if you haven't been transported back to Scotland with our hero and heroine. While this sweet novel may not have ranked high on my favorite list, it was still an enjoyable read and one that I do not regret reading one bit. In fact, I will no doubt be looking up Ms. Trissel's books in the future when I want to be transported away to Scotland, or any other place she wishes to take us.

I received an e-book copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not altered due to the fact that I received the book for free.  Thanks again, Beth!


Until Next Time,

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