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Celebrated actress Scarlett Thomas never wanted fame - that was her parents' dream. Now she's ready to make big changes, but she never could have imagined how big those changes would turn out to be. Returning to the medieval Dunskirk Castle, where she filmed the Puppet War trilogy, she encounters an old Scotsman named Donell who directs her to an ancient claymore that sends her back in time to 16th-century Scotland.

Scottish border lord James Hepburn, laird of Achenmeade, is a man at loose ends. The illegitimate son of the old king's illegitimate daughter, he has no place in his father's home and no freedom to forge a future of his own. When war with England looms once more on Scotland's horizon, James must not only fight for his country but also try to battle his growing attraction to a slender, sassy lass who tempts him to defy his sire and his king.

As the days pass, bringing them closer to war and to each other, Scarlett and James discover that their differences are not so profound as their similarities. But when they are confronted with the opportunity to live their lives freely, as they choose, will they seize their chance before the Battle of Flodden separates them forever?

©2014 Angeline Fortin (P)2015 Tantor

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  • KElizabeth Green
  • 28-01-2016

Taken, audio version

I loved this story and enjoyed Ms. Fortin's writing as well as Mr. Ferguson's narration. He always does an excellent job, and this one was no different. True, his Southern accent was truly southern, but people who are not born and raised in the south, have a stereotype they believe is the true Southern accent. Actually, it depends on which part of the south you're from as to how it should accurately sound. Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, all have several different variations, depending on location, social standing, and upbringing. Even in "Gone with The Wind", Vivien Leigh was British, not southern. Though it was irritating to many true southerners, she did as well a job as any probably would have and her "look" was right. I think anyone who complains about Mr. Ferguson's rendition, should stop complaining. It is one of the most difficult patterns of speech to replicate and I thought he did as good a job as anyone would have.. To have such a variety of voices and brogues/accents to perform, I thought he did admirably! I love Ms. Fortins plot, depth of characters, and historical accuracy/knowledge of the history. Well researched and planned out. The entire series has been enjoyable to me, audio as well as the ebook, but then I read, or listen, for the content of the story. As a past teacher, I don't allow myself to miss out on the actual story by looking for or dwelling on things I may think should have been done differently. I'm not a writer or narrator so commend those who are!

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  • cjw
  • 05-09-2015

time travel

I enjoy the time travel books. I look for new ones all the time. Ferguson is a good male narrator but he really has a hard time with female voices. I can not get into the female parts. He gives them a different attitude then I feel they should have. Other than that good book. I may just have to read this one.

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  • Kate B.
  • 08-09-2017

Good Story- terrible narration!

Although I liked the story... Antony's narration ruined it for me. His lack of compassion & true emotion when it came to Scarlett 's parts... and all the other female characters was appalling!:( His botched attempt at a southern accent was laughable & inability to "read" the emotion of the scene was apparent. Wouldn't recommend this book to hear on audible because of it. I think reading it myself would have been much better. I plan on reading the next in this series myself... cuz the story and author was well worth it!

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  • TR
  • 02-11-2015

I think I like time travel romances

oh my goodness. let me premise this review by saying i've had some unsatisfying stories over the past few weeks so where as this book was actually a 3.25 I bumped it up to a 4 for sheer enjoyment.

I always enjoy time traveling historicals. While I'm still confused regarding the how and why but with that aside the story was nice. I really enjoyed the sass of the heroine and the sexiness of the hero. I'll definitely look for another story from this author.

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narrator 4 i LOVE Antony Ferguson. His highland brogue is awesomely sexy. His american accent is laughable and always sounds southern, but someone did him a solid and gave him a southern american character....lol. TOO FUNNY AND AWESOME!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2018

Surprisingly Good!

To be completely honest, romantic novels are not high on my reading list. However, after reading several dark stories, I was looking for a lighthearted, fanciful story to occupy my mind while spring cleaning. A friend loves time travel romance, so I thought I'd give it a try. My first selection was dreadful. The "modern" woman didn't have a brain in her head and I couldn't get beyond the third chapter. Not expecting this leading lady to be much better, I was pleasantly surprised at her ability to defend herself, yet do her best to fit into the Medieval environment she found herself in. I found myself laughing as she tried to cover slips of the tongue and explain why she was so well educated. The male lead didn't go overboard being the dark brooding type and there are no contrived"misunderstandings" that drive them apart; just two lonely people from different worlds trying to understand one another. While the book did not turn me into a romance novel fangirl, it did provide the lighthearted fun distraction I was seeking.

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  • Belladoni
  • 10-05-2018

Major problem with narration.

Not sure WHAT the author was thinking when she switched narrators in mid-stream of this series. At best that could be disorienting for the readers but in this case it was a disaster that made a parody of the main character, Scarlet. Female voices seem to be a problem for male narrators. This one was like..imagine a football player pretending to be a southern drag queen with a too high, fakey southern accent (except a real drag queen would have done it sooo much better!). This was terrible---just awful, making it impossible to take her character seriously. Other than that it was an engaging, steamy romance and he did a great job with the male voices. But this demonstrates, vividly, the importance of the narration, which can make or break an audiobook.

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  • Bachhoung
  • 10-05-2018

love these

i really enjoy these Scottish tales of time travel, romance and intrigue. can't wait to hear the next one

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  • SharonR
  • 13-04-2018

I need to met Donald.

Great love story. It took quite a few chapters to get us to the narrator trying to speak in a woman's voice. The story had a happy ending.

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  • Joan
  • 03-04-2018

Read the books that are male narrated

It's hard to listen a male narrator do the female voices. My personal preference is a female narrator, but decided to give it a try anyway. The narrator is good, but just couldn't do the female voices in a way that was pleasing to me. I wish I had read the two books that were narrated by a male and saved my money. The other books in the series are narrated by a female who does pretty decent male voices.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-03-2018

Very Entertaining

I loved each book in Angeline Fortin's Laird series. Each is filled with mystery, love and adventure as well as entertaining historical facts. Her characters engage the reader and make you laugh out loud.

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  • Jan
  • 24-04-2017

Taken

Fantastic story as are the others in the series so far... however the male narrator spoilt it somewhat. He was not good, didn't flow well and voices poor.