Simon and Schuster, May 2003
In 1200 AD during a clan battle in the Scottish Highlands, the Druid wizard Father Daar casts a spell that accidentally sends several MacBain and MacKeage warriors into the twenty-first century to include the MacKeage brothers Greylen and Morgan. During the chaos of time transformation, Daar lost his magical staff in a Maine pond. Since arriving and settling in their new century, Greylen, now known as Michael, has married his modern day lover (see CHARMING THE HIGHLANDER).
Morgan worries about the impact that Daar's lost staff has had on the surrounding flora and fauna. When Mercedes Quill begins hiking and marking the area for a wilderness park set aside, Morgan becomes concerned that the Highlander secrets will be revealed. He plans to stop “Sadie” from succeeding, but is shocked by his attraction to her as much as by her obstinate resolve. For Sadie it is an affectionate legacy honoring her late father though she finds the weird Morgan quite a loving distraction.
The second Highlander time travel romance is a charming tale that readers of medieval warriors displaced will appreciate. The key, as with the first novel, is that the Highlanders have had time to adapt to their new century yet have to courageously confront technological things taken for granted by their beloved ones that seem magical to their psyche. The story line is fun to follow as the living creatures by the magical pond add depth to a delightful “battle” of the sexes. With novels like these two MacBain tales, Janet Chapman shows she is a talent that sub-genre fans value.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner