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RITA award-winning author Lynn Kurland, who has penned several time-travel romances including A Dance Through Time and The Very Thought of You, has a flair for juxtaposing past and present and bringing history to life in vibrant detail. The fish-out-of-water time travel theme lends itself well to humor, and Kurland clearly knows how to take advantage of it. She does so with aplomb in her latest release, The More I See You, which pitches a plucky young heroine into the 13th century, where she finds the love that continually eluded her in her own time.
It's 1999 and Jessica Blakely is on yet another dead-end blind date, though this one at least got her a trip to England. Dressed in period costume for a party, Jessica wanders the ruins of a nearby castle to escape from her dreadful date. After wishing on a star for a handsome and chivalrous knight who will love her more than life itself, Jessica is suddenly tossed back in time seven centuries. There she ends up in the hands of a virile, attractive, but coldly bitter man: Richard De Galtres, lord and master of Burwyck-on-the-Sea.
Though it takes her awhile to figure out what has happened, Jessica quickly adapts to her new environment, though not without lamenting the loss of such luxuries as indoor plumbing, her favorite music, and chocolate. While Richard is hospitable, he is obviously a troubled and aloof man who considers Jessica something of a bother, but feels obliged to offer her shelter and protection because he believes her to be kin to the king. But his job is made difficult by Jessica's attempts to return to her own time, which she feels can only happen if she returns to the field where she first appeared. Jessica steals Richard's horse several times in her attempts to escape, and even tries to make the lengthy journey on foot a time or two. But Richard keeps foiling her plans and bringing her back to his castle.
Jessica's persistence does little to soften Richard's temper. But eventually Jessica discovers that beneath that gruff emotional armor is a soft-hearted, kind man who bears a dark and horrible secret. Gradually Jessica breaks through Richard's icy exterior and thaws his frozen heart with the heat of her passion. But just as things are becoming settled between them, and Jessica has resigned herself to remaining in the past, certain events force her into making a terrible decision that may keep the two of them apart forever.
Kurland does a wonderful job of placing a woman with modern-day sensibilities into a society where women are often considered second-class citizens. The story is lively and often humorous, though there is an undercurrent of darkness to both Richard's past and the plight of many of those who lived during the somewhat barbaric medieval times. In the end, Kurland proves once and for all that love is truly timeless.