One Magic Moment

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Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister...800 years in the past. She's determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can't help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic.
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Overview


Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister...800 years in the past. She's determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can't help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic.
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After a detail-heavy start that quickly catches the reader up on the events of recent installments, Kurland's 14th Piaget family time-travel romance (after One Enchanted Evening) embarks on a solid and intriguing story. Tess Angelina Alexander has inherited Sedgwick Castle, a genuine English castle complete with barbican gate, three portcullises, ghosts, and a gift shop run by Mrs. Tippets and her guard dog, Mr. Beagle. When Tess encounters the new local mechanic, John de Piaget, she's thrown for a loop by his resemblance to the man who married her sister Pippa eight centuries in the past. The inevitable sparks and complications fly in immediate, action-packed adventure. Tess and her bevy of sisters take time travel in stride, and the mechanics are consistent if somewhat sketchy. This entertaining tale will please Kurland's fans with familiar characters, quirky and authentic details of castle living, and high-spirited banter. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515149517
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 624,554
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Lynn Kurland is the USA Today bestselling author of Stardust of Yesterday, A Dance Through Time, This Is All I Ask, The Very Thought of You, Another Chance to Dream, The More I See You, and If I Had You. She is also a contributor to The Christmas Cat, Christmas Spirits, Veils of Time, Opposites Attract, and A Knight’s Vow anthologies. A full-time writer, she lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    The latest entertaining de Piaget time travel romance is excellent

    Medieval studies academic Tess Alexander feels euphoric after inheriting Sedgwick Castle. She dreams of restoring the edifice to its medieval days of glory as she believes the structure has a strong base to include ghosts and Mrs. Tippets' gift shop protected by her guard dog, Mr. Beagle.

    When Tess and local mechanic John de Piaget meet, she is stunned as he could pass as a twin to Montgomery the man who married her sister Pippa eight hundred years ago (see One Enchanted Evening). She wants to know more about him while he wants her to leave him alone as he fears the scholar will dig up ancient history that will bring an enemy with it. However, though he says he wishes she would just go, his brain consists of one icon: Tess.

    The latest entertaining de Piaget time travel romance stars the other Alexander sister and a reluctant thirteenth century born modern day mechanic. The story line contains a strong coupling filled with humor, attraction, bickering and some suspense while the Lynn Kurland tour of the castle enhances the fun tale. The Family Lineage bibliography of the de Piaget family will help the audience with who's who as Ms. Kurland provides another magic moment.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Take a Journey through time with One Magic Moment

    John de Piaget has many secrets and so when his world is literally turned upside down by a feisty medieval historian who just so happens to live in a neighboring castle he doesn't know whether to give into or fight the longing she brings out in him. Tess Alexander is still reeling from loosing her sister Pippa, no she didn't die, she went to live in the past, the medieval past with a real life medieval warrior for a husband, but Tess knows that life must go on and taking her car for repair seems a good way to start. That is until she gets a good look at the owner of the shop and if he'd just exchange jeans for hose and a t-shirt for a tunic he'd be the spitting image of her sister's new husband, but that can't be because he lives far away like 800 years away.
    The de Piaget's are one of Lynn Kurland's prolific families in her series which switches between the modern day and UK in the middle ages. So in this plot you won't be surprised to find people lurking in times not their own, and yes it's fantastical but she brings believability to the table too by bringing us an up close and personal look at that time. Her dialogue is a mix of modern narrative with just a smidgen of aye's and nays and arses to make it more enjoyable. Her characters are refreshing in their modesty and innocence in an otherwise very sexual orientated genre and yet she still emphasizes lust, love and all the things that go with them. Her hero John and heroine Tess are exquisite examples Ms. Kurland's creative mind and will not let you down in their ability to keep us turning pages. Her romance is at once improbable at the worst impossible but somehow they pull it off. The love scenes are chaste and demure and yet even the most unyielding romance lover will not be disappointed with the lack of physical love.
    If this is your first journey provided by Ms. Kurland my suggestion would be as soon as you read the last page visit Lynn Kurland's website and start from the very beginning find out where they all came from and where they ended up.
    If you are a tried and true Lynn Kurland fan then this is your heaven, finding out the next chapter in this long lasting series. Stop by, pick a comfortable chair by the fire and read til your heart's content.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Well done!

    Lynn Kurland has written another wonderful addition to her series. It's an enjoyable romance mixing time travel and adventure..........and skillfully kept PG. I look forward to more books by Lynn Kurland. I don't know how she does it, but I'm thankful she does it and does it well!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Great Time-Travel Romance

    There’s no time like the present . . .
    if you’re running away from the past.

    Tess Alexander has it all: family within reach, work she loves, and the chance to live in a perfectly restored medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the new owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister . . . eight hundred years in the past. She’s determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, yet she can’t help but wonder about the mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic . . .

    As far as John de Piaget is concerned, he has no past; it’s safer that way. The last thing he needs is the nosy medieval studies scholar from the nearby castle dredging up ancient history—his ancient history. But from the moment he lays eyes on Tess, John can’t help but wonder how he ever took a decent breath without her . . . or how he’s going to protect her from the treachery that threatens both their futures.

    Eight years after stepping through one of his brother's "secret" portals, John continues to keep as much of his life hidden as possible . . . even when he starts falling for a 'future' girl, Tess. There is an instant attraction between the two so strong that they easily admit their time together is a mistake and as both continue to fight those romantic sparks with rude manners and crude actions, they eventually slip into a daily routine of contacting each other more and more. Yet, when one too many death threats to Tess's life becomes too much for John's stubborn manliness, both find themselves flung back into the past and a home/family John hasn't know for many years. Can time really be the divide that separates two people truly meant for each other or will some unfortunate accident take Tess away forever?

    Mystery, romance, close family ties, time-travel, etc . . . lots going on in this new book in Kurland's de Piaget Series and even though the author is a little (ok, a lot!) light on the heavy petting/ deep panting/aka sex scenes that really spice up a story, she created a captivating, yet chaste, tale that kept me entertained throughout. I easily got sucked into One Magic Moment (and it even kept humming that darn Ben E. King & the Drifters song for DAYS!) since the overall plot mainly focused on Tess & John with little side-character interaction. It was nice to see both little by little drop some of their guards around each other and slowly (they don't even kiss on the lips until page 282!!!) fall in love.

    It was also a very emotional read, since John (and even Tess) had some great reunions with their family as well as some tearful good-byes. The companionship between the brothers was endearing to read about and their interactions were brilliantly funny. The mystery side of the story was kind of all over the place and came abruptly to a conclusion near the end that it really interfered with my reading enjoyment for the last couple of chapters, but overall it's a fun tale that jumbles the future with the past in more ways than one. It's fascinating to read about the characters adjustment to both time periods, thus it's a great summer book for true romance and historical fun.

    Likes: The older brother Nicholas really stood out as a great side character that I was almost sad when his part was finished in the book.

    Dislikes: Some words become redundantly annoying, ie. Tess worrying about "forever" and John's constant mentioning of having to "w

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    A really good read

    I have always enjoyed Lynn Kurland's books. This was no exception. The story moves right along and doesn't leave you hanging. I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. Couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Very lomg

    Although not a bad stoty, there was rarly talk between the two of them , buts lots and lots of writing about they're thoughts and they didnt even kiss until the last 80 pages of the book mothers u could let your 13 yr old read this book!

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Awesome!

    Great book liked how all your favorite characters were there.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Gam

    I LOVE THIS BOOK :) :)

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