Somewhere My Lass (Somewhere, Book II)

Somewhere My LassBy Beth Trissel

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 23, 2010
Genre: Time Travel Romance/Contemporary
Source: Author

Neil MacKenzie’s well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he’s her fiance from 1602 Scotland.  Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head – or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.  Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past.  Although her kinsmen believe he’s dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall’s brother, she’s convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right.  The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it’s too late. The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist.  An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?

Goodreads Summary

Neil MacKenzie returns home from work one day to find his beloved housekeeper brutally murdered. The assailant seems to be long gone, but he does find something – or someone – out of place. A beautiful young woman with a nasty bruise on her head and some really authentic historical Highland clothing is lying on the floor upstairs and her first words when he rouses her are a warning: “The MacDonald comes.”

Mora isn’t wearing any replica Highland costume – she’s really from 1602, pushed through a portal to present day in Neil’s house. It’s no coincidence that she’s with him – his spirit and past are entwined with that of her fiancé Niall, who’s missing. Even though he can hardly believe her story, Neil feels an emotional pull towards Mora, one that goes deeper than simply knowing her a few days. With the help of his friend Fergus and his mother, the two of them rush to find the reason she was sent to the future and why the murderous MacDonald followed because Neil’s very existence might depend on it.

I really haven’t read a lot of time travel romances over the years because they’ve gotten a little predictable. Bookish lonely woman wanders through cemetery dreaming of Scotland or Ireland, touches relic and gets transported back to Highlander’s castle, etc, etc. I’m not sure what it is about Ireland beyond the fact that it’s stunningly gorgeous and all. Anyway, this intrigued me because not only was it time travel in reverse but the traveler was a woman. While there were a couple of little things that didn’t work for me, overall I enjoyed this.

In addition to the romance, there’s a little bit of adventure, intrigue and more emotional surprises for him when Neil joins Mora and Fergus in Scotland to try and stop the MacDonald’s nefarious plot.

I probably should preface this by saying I know next to nothing about Highland dialects, but I loved Mora’s ranting and raving and she sounded pretty authentic to me. When Neil had her taken to the hospital and she misunderstood just about everything, it was pretty funny, as it was when she asked how the lights were kept on and Neil said gas and she thought he meant the kind you got in your stomach. Mora wasn’t just feisty she was blazing, but she was frightened and her vulnerable side was very sweet. She obviously loved her Niall very much and found the same qualities to love in Neil.

Neil was pretty much everything you would want in a steadfast hero. He felt the connection with Mora but did his best to keep a gentlemanly distance because it was the right thing to do – he didn’t really know her. Later, he was ready to sacrifice what he needed to for her, even while trying to do the impossible to stay with her. It would have been nice if he’d had some flaws – he had a cat – make him hate dogs or something. He was just a super nice guy.

There weren’t a lot of supporting characters, since this was a very tight story. Fergus, Neil’s friend was really the main secondary character. He’s sort of an oddball tech-head with a coat of many gadgets. I think the story occasionally relied on him too much to move it along or to get Mora and Neil out of a difficult situation – he was a lot of fun and I’m glad he went along for the ride, I would have loved it if he’d been used more in maybe a little different way. The MacDonald loomed over the story more than anything – I wish there had been more of him or at least a lot more explanation about him. He was a horribly bloodthirsty guy, I would have loved to see some of it (I know, I ought to be ashamed of myself).

My Summary: I’m glad I decided to go ahead and try a dreaded time travel romance because this was very good. Mora and Neil’s story had all the elements of a couple already in love mixed with one just beginning their courtship, trying to find a middle ground. For the most part, the time travel element worked smoothly within the story and while the villain could have been a lot nastier, the threat to Neil was real enough to make up for it. I had mixed feelings about the ending for about five seconds before realizing it really worked out perfectly for this couple. Now Fergus needs to find himself a nerdy girlfriend!

My Rating: B-

Barbara

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