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Sword of the Highlands

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an engaging tale

    Her boss Walter, principal curator at the MOMA, asks his sister art curator Magda Deacon to come to the Metropolitan to see an oil painting he wants added to the exhibit Finding Arcadia: Pastoral Paintings of the seventieth Century she put together. She is stunned when she sees the painting and wonders if her brother is right about too many carbs as she is attracted to the portrait of Lord James Graham, the first Marquis of Montrose. She cannot stop herself from touching his face. Shockingly that caress sends Magda back through time into James¿ bed.------------ A noted womanizer James is excited with finding a beautiful female occupying his bed. However, her behavior is brazen as she is not bashful with intelligent opinions on all sorts of topics including independence, freedom and leadership. She also beats the guys at golf and rides a horse like a man. However in his bed she is his woman. As they fall in love James is irate at the demands of his monarch to support a foolish war. However he becomes preoccupied with saving his beloved when his enemy Lord Campbell abducts her.-------------- Although somewhat similar in tone to Virginia Wolff¿s previous time travel romance (see MASTER OF THE HIGHLANDS), this is an engaging tale as a twenty-first century Manhattan female takes over seventeenth century Highlands Scotland. The story line is fast-paced, but it is owned by the computer age woman who knows what she wants in and out of bed and the laird mesmerized by this intelligent sexy anachronism. Their romance makes for a fun read.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    A Great Way to Experience Highlands History

    Veronica Wolff may not have pioneered the story line of women traveling to the past to fall for highland warriors, but she certainly perfected it. She is intrigued by the history of the Scotland and uses the real historical accounts of Scottish heros to create intriguing stories that I just can't put down.

    Magda and James were both born to wealth and nobility, neither willing to settle for either. Perhaps this is why, when they meet, there is such a strong and instantaneous connection between them. Considering the circumstances, though, that connection might not be enough. Magda, born in the twenty-second century, falls into James' lap, literally, in the sixteen hundreds just as he plans for war. It's the truth she knows about his future that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

    My only problem with this book. . .and it's a slight one, is that the sword on the cover is guilted in gold and in the book, Wolff goes to great lengths to explain that James prefers a steel sword to the traditional gold guilt. Considering the title is Sword of the Highlands, this seems like a pretty big mistake. It doesn't keep the story from being wonderful, though.

    At the end, as she always does, Wolff talks a bit about the historical records of the real James Graham. She says she cried when she found out that he'd been captured and hung at the end of his life. Having read the story, I cried too.

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