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Jennifer McKinnon has had enough, after her apartment in Manhatten gets broken into for the fourth time she is ready to concede that there are no knight in shining armor remaining and maybe, just maybe, a change of scenery will let her figure out what she wants from life. In When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland, Jennifer travels to England to spend time with family and roam the hills and castles.  But things get a little too real when Jennifer unexpectedly finds herself in medieval England, about to be burnt as a witch.

Nicholas de Piaget is a Knight without peer, chivalrous and one of the best swordsmen in England (second only to his father and older brother Robin), Nicholas is tired of the parade of women his grandmother has brought all wanting his lands and his title but not wanting him. When he saves the beautiful Jennifer from burning he has his suspicions about where, or more importantly when, she is from. Can he get past his fear of her leaving to see if they can hav e a meaningful connection or will he let his fear ruin his chance at happiness?!

I have to admit this was a reread for me. I love Lynn Kurland’s unsugarcoated view of how things really were during the middle ages. Jennifer is great if a little timid for me but it is Nicholas, who we got to know in the previous de Piaget novels that I really love. My biggest issue with When I Fall In Love is it feels like it takes a quarter of the novel before the story really starts moving. It is well worth a read but I kept feeling like smacking Nicholas upside the head to get him to start getting to know Jennifer and move the plot along. While there is some reference to sex in When I Fall In Love, it all happens after the couple are married and it is NOT descriptive which is why I gave it a four heart instead of five.

When I Fall In Love is an interesting cross over of Kurland’s de Piaget story line and her MacLeod’s story line. Obviously Nicholas is the second son of Rhys de Piaget and Jennifer is the sister of Victoria in Much Ado In the Moonlight.

You can read an excerpt here.

De Piaget Reading Order

Another Chance to Dream

If I Had You

Dreams of Stardust

When I Fall In Love

The Christmas Cat (novella)

One Enchanted Evening (you can read my review here)

This is All I Ask

The More I See You

From This Moment On

Tapestry (anthology)

Stardust of Yesterday

Till There Was You

One Magic Moment

All For You

Dreams of Lilac

The MacLeods Reading Order:

A Dance Through Time

The Very Thought Of You

Veils of Time

A Knight’s Vow

Opposites Attract

Christmas Spirits

My Heart Stood Still

A Garden In the Rain

Much Ado in the Moonlight

When I Fall in Love

With Every Breath

Till There Was You

Roses In Moonlight

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: When I Fall In Love

Author: Lynn Kurland

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 464

AISN: B001RH5FUA

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: April 2007

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

NY taxiBronwyn is a young historical romance author in Spur of the Moment by Candace Bowen Early. She was raised in the foster care system after being found as a newborn in central park. When Bronwyn travels to New York, she makes an unexpected friend in her taxi cab driver. After enjoying a wonderful day in the big apple, a strange woman appears in her hotel room, telling stories of Europe in the 1100’s. This stranger, Gwyllion, give Bronwyn a spur and tells her to spin it so she can return to her “proper” time and rescue her true love from an evil wicca. Bronwyn takes a chance and ends up in a time she really hadn’t expected to be in. She adjust quickly and does everything in her power to save the handsome knight Euric from the evil Jaenelle. Just when all seems to be going in their favor, Jaenelle takes the fated spur and spins in, sending Bronwyn back to present day New York. Will she recognize who her true friends are in both times? Will Bronwyn ever be able to meet up with her true love Euric again? Did she truly rescue him from the evil Jaenelle?

This book was so exciting and I didn’t want to set it down! The author did a fantastic job keeping the reader interested and invested in the two lovers. I kept reading just “one more chapter” and before I even realized what was happening, I had read the entire book. It was one of the few books that I was disappointed when it was over because I just wanted to keep reading about Bronwyn and Euric. The author did a fabulous job showing the passing of time as the book spans over a year and she did an excellent job not making the time travel elements awkward and can happen in novels of this type. Overall it was a fabulous book and I would recommend it to everyone!

You can read an excerpt here.

Spur of the momentRating: Star 5copy

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Title: Spur of the Moment

Author: Candace Bowen Early

Format: ebook, Paperback

Page Nos.: 350

AISN: B0073AG8XI

Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing

Release Date: January 2012

Reviewer: Jillian

England, London, Southwark, Interior of Shakespeares Globe TheatreSamantha Drummond has spent her entire life doing whatever her famous, demanding parents required, never leaving home and never earning any money so she could leave home. In Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland, Samantha takes an opportunity offered by her brother to house sit for a couple in England for the summer, hoping that the money she makes will allow her to leave home forever.  But things get complicated when Samantha realizes that a simple delivery for her employers leads to her being followed by more than one individual and eventually kidnapped.

Derrick Cameron is an antiquities acquirer expert, basically he is the guy you call when you want something located, either legally owned or illegally stolen and he will figure out who has possession of it. When a valuable piece of Elizabethan lace goes missing from a client’s house, Derrick is sure he knows who took it so he immediately sets off to get it back. But things don’t go as expected and Derrick must travel back to Elizabethan times to recover the lace with Samantha, keeping both of them alive in that dangerous and dirty time period.

Lynn Kurland is one of my favorite authors but I have to admit that the last several novels have seemed a bit formulaic, while a good read nothing that was absolutely fabulous. That being said, Kurland has brought everything I love about her original books to Roses in Moonlight. The characters are believable, heartwarming and charmingly flawed. Kurland takes us back to Elizabethan time, giving us a fabulous glimpse of this majestic history making moment (Shakespeare’s The Globe Theater) but she doesn’t sugar coat the smelly, dangerous time period that it was. Roses in Moonlight is a great stand alone read but I highly recommend, at the very least, that you read the first few books in the series so you understand about the time travel a little bit better. I couldn’t put Roses in Moonlight down and it definitely rated a five star for this reason.

You can read an excerpt here.

The MacLeods Reading Order:

A Dance Through Time

The Very Thought Of You

Veils of Time

A Knight’s Vow

Opposites Attract

Christmas Spirits

My Heart Stood Still

A Garden In the Rain

Much Ado in the Moonlight

When I Fall in Love

With Every Breath

Till There Was You

Roses In Moonlight

roses in moonlightRating: Star 5copy

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Title: Roses in Moonlight

Author: Lynn Kurland

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 368

ISBN: 978-0515153460

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: April 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

Louise loves fashion especially vintage.  In The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky, Louise receives an odd invitation to an exclusive trunk show of vintage clothing and knowing there are treasures to be found Louise makes plans to be there.  At the show Louise is attended by two odd ladies who seemed more vintage than any of the dresses.  Louise is drawn to a beautiful gown from the early 1900’s and as she is trying it on something strange happens.  She is transported to another time on board a luxurious ship.  Louise finds out that she is now Alice Baxter famous actress from the same era as the dress Louise is wearing.  Louise is caught up in the luxury of having a maid, and new friend, anything she wants she can have and her closet is amazing!  All her dreams our interrupted when Louise finds out she is aboard the famous ship Titanic.  Knowing what will happen Louise tries to change history and save those on board.  Will she be able to?

I liked the idea of this novel.  A dress that takes you back in time to the horrific event of the Titanic is quite interesting.  The author was too stuck on the fashion and not the story that it was hard to care for the characters.  It had beautiful illustrations of the outfits Louise wears but if the author would have put as much effort into Louise herself the story would have been great!  I also think Louise was a bit young to be thrown into a scenario that extreme.  Being thirteen and transplanted into the body of a eighteen year old was a little weird for Louise and me.  If you like fashion I would check this book out for the wonderful illustrations and fashion descriptions.

Star Rating: 
Heart Rating: 
Title: The Time Traveling Fashionista
Author: Bianca Turetsky
Format:Hardcover
Page #’s: 272
ISBN: 0316105422
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: April 2011

Available: Amazon
Reviewer: Megan

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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