REVIEW: Ever My Love by Lynn Kurland
Two people are caught up in love—and in time—in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Stars in Your Eyes.
In search of a fresh start, Emma Barton has traveled to Scotland to try to forget her rocky love life. Luckily, the gorgeous Highlander who owns the house up the path from her rental cottage might be exactly the kind of distraction she needs. But there’s more to his intriguing qualities than she can explain—and she certainly isn’t buying into the local legends of Highland magic.
Nathaniel MacLeod is a man adrift, all thanks to the unwanted gift that forces him to continually jump between centuries. He never knows if he’ll wind up in the present day or the fourteenth century, but when Emma follows him back through time, he suddenly has more to worry about than keeping his separate lives straight…
Someone has started to notice Nathaniel’s travels and now, no time period is safe, for him or for Emma.
Dear Ms. Kurland,
Once I was a Romance Time Travel book junkie. I read tons of them and must have burned out before I ever read any of yours. Since I’m a newbie and know that you have a lot of connected stories, I deliberately didn’t read any reviews of your past books to try to avoid spoilers. I had some character suspicions which I confirmed afterwards; fans/foes of past books will know what to expect.
We have a Scot hero of vast wealth. He does put in a days work but has enough flunkies that his frequent TT trips don’t muck up his business plans too much and he does manage to keep up with his email. She is an independent American without much money but also from lots of old money who is in Scotland following her dreams. I like that once Nat feels the hero-ly need to provide for her, Emma resists this as much as possible. She’s not into him just for his money.
It’s clear from the beginning to Emma that Something Odd is going on in the woods around this charming little Scottish village but she and I both learn the details slowly. Nat tries to stay low key and the villagers don’t talk in front of Emma much. I loved the dry wit sifted through the narrative. I happily bobbed in the waves of “some of this doesn’t make much sense but I’m having a great time so okay.” The TT/para aspects are deliberately kept subdued instead of being sprung on me all at once. Yay.
The romance starts slowly with a bit of reserve on both sides. She knows he’s a recluse plus she’s just out of a bad relationship. He’s trying to avoid being thought a nutter or having his unwanted trips back through time exposed. His heart makes the first move but he doesn’t rush his fences to avoid scaring her. They talk, they spend time together and the progression of the relationship steadily flows along.
But Emma will do some things despite what Nat says. Well, since he doesn’t spell things out, how is she to know? Her first full on TT experience is about as wonderful as a normal person would have: bloody awful. Her shaken response and emotional meltdown after her rescue all make sense. Then she does something either incredibly brave or stupendously stupid and Nat has to save her again.
It is at this point that it is almost as if a switch is flipped and we go from low key paranormal TT to full on. It’s para all the time. It’s TT all over the place plus ghosts! Nat might have thought he was alone but soon he sees that TT is almost a cottage industry in Benmore (really, it took five years for him to notice this or for others to help him?). Or like taking the 9:15 express train to work every morning.
These floodgates had just been opened when the action slows down for some family business which caused the momentum of the story to slow to a boring crawl. Eventually the reason for this section is clear but it felt like an awkward inclusion. Then events head back to Scotland for a slightly drawn out finale. I will give the plot points for having all the necessary elements already introduced and ready to go to explain a lot of things, fix some things and end one major thing.
If it stumbled and meandered at the halfway mark, it was cracking great up until then and did finish off as believably as a TT with this much to-ing and fro-ing and initially unanswered questions could. I enjoyed it but with some reservations. A- start, B-/C+ middle, B end.