A world traveler meets a time traveler in the 21st century and follows him back to medieval Scotland.
With an ex-boyfriend and a failed business venture in Seattle, Emmaline Baxter heads to the Scottish Highlands, where she hopes to relax and reassess her future. Instead, she’s confronted with the distant past—a kilt-wearing Scotsman with the curse of involuntary time travel who enters the 21st century with a sword and returns to the 14th century with Emma’s cellphone. (Can he hear her now?) Nathaniel MacLeod is certain he’s on an important mission—he just doesn’t know why he must jump through the hoops of time to get there. One minute, he’s trying to keep enemy clansmen from chopping his head off; the next minute, he’s parking his Range Rover and checking his email. When Emma catches him in the MacLeod forest, fading in and out of the mist in the trees, a missing piece of his destiny—and hers—appears just in time for a happily ever after. From rolling hills and grand castles to cozy cabins and roaring fireplaces, the Scottish setting is rich with romance and magic. Emma is practical but admirably optimistic—“Things definitely could have been much worse. She could have been living eight hundred years earlier and been on her way to the Tower of London”—while Nathaniel, who really has been living 800 years earlier, can’t argue with that logic, and his world-weary perspective greatly enhances his timeless good looks.
A vacation in the Scottish Highlands with a handsome stranger and no cellphone is, in itself, a dream come true. With Kurland’s wit and flair, it’s a romantic escape for the ages.