Just Beyond the Garden Gate

Just Beyond the Garden Gate

by Dawn Marie Hamilton

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The Scottish Highlands--a place where faeries and brownies and other fae creatures dance through time. On occasion, so do mere mortals.

From 2013 Golden Heart® paranormal finalist Dawn Marie Hamilton comes 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate', a sexy Scottish historical time travel romance with Highlanders, faeries, brownies, magic, adventure and romance set in 16th century Scotland.

Determined to regain her royal status, a banished faerie princess accepts a challenge from the High-Queen of the Fae to unite an unlikely couple while the clan brownie attempts to thwart her.

Passion ignites when a faerie-shove propels burned-out business consultant Laurie Bernard through the garden gate, back through time, and into the embrace of Patrick MacLachlan. The arrogant clan chief doesn't know what to make of the lass in his arms, especially when he recognizes the brooch she wears as the one his stepmother wore when she and his father disappeared.

With the fae interfering at every opportunity, the couple must learn to trust one another while they battle an enemy clan, expose a traitor within their midst and discover the true fate of the missing parents. Can they learn the most important truth--love transcends time?

Journey from the lush gardens of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the Scottish Highlands of 1509 with 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate'.


Laurie opened her eyes a crack. Her head pounded, her pulse raced. This wasn't good. Those couldn't be two, huge, leather-clad feet inches from her face.

She opened her eyes wider. Raised her gaze higher.

Those feet--the ones that couldn't be there--was it possible they were attached to two muscular calves wrapped in soft napped animal skins?

Higher still. Bare knees. Plaid wool and saffron linen.

Farther up, she took in all of the man who towered over her. Piercing blue eyes blinked. Crinkles appeared in the corners. He was grinning. Not outwardly. The perfectly shaped lips remained tight and straight, but something within this gorgeous man was pleased.

She gasped with recognition. This was her man, the one from her heated dreams and visions. The man she didn't believe existed. The man who made her insides flip-flop.

Unsure what had just happened, she gave her head a firm shake. Mistake. Dizziness hit in waves. She swallowed hard. When the nausea passed, she pushed her palms against the ground and rose to her feet. Unsteady, she swayed. The stranger's image blurred.

Large calloused hands gripped her arms. A strange though familiar jolt of energy coursed through her, causing her heart to beat too fast.

He quickly released her. He must have felt it too.

Again, she swayed. She reached for his support at the same time he took hold of her upper arms.

She blinked to clear her vision and moistened dry lips. The flash of desire in his eyes made her shiver. He smiled for real this time, leaned forward, placed a hand behind her head, and brushed her lips with his. Gentle at first, then with vigor, his tongue delved into her mouth.

Instinct insisted she struggle. Holding her body rigid, she fisted her hands, which he'd trapped within his embrace. She forced her fingers open and pressed her palms against his hard chest--a vain attempt to push him away.

The current flowing between them became overpoweringly seductive. No man had made her feel this way before. For several moments, she wavered between fighting him--a familiar stranger--and succumbing to the delicious sensations swamping her. He deepened the kiss, and the internal battle ended. Desire won. She clasped hold of the front of his shirt with shaky hands and kissed him back with pent-up passion.

Satiny lips anchored her in a storm of unfamiliar sensation. Pleasure vibrated along her body. She opened her eyes a slit. The intensity of the man's shocking kiss matched the masculine power burning in his startling blue eyes.

His grip tightened. His fingers burned through her clothing, searing her skin. She closed misty eyes and sank into the reality of her dream lover's embrace.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016591100
Publisher: Dawn Marie Wolzein
Publication date: 05/24/2013
Series: Highland Gardens , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 897,488
File size: 823 KB

About the Author

Dawn Marie Hamilton dares you to dream. She is a 2013 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist who pens Scottish-inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Some of her tales are rife with mischief-making faeries, brownies, and other fae creatures. More tormented souls—shape shifters, vampires, and maybe a zombie or two—stalk across the pages of other stories. When not writing, she’s cooking, gardening, or paddling the local creeks with her husband.

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Just Beyond the Garden Gate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to Scotland and Time Travel and this book was so well written and realistic that I have purchased it's sequel. Am hoping there will be more to the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gate was an entertaining twist on my favorite genre.  I love time-travel novels, and this story included faeries and their friends.  Their antics enlivened the tale; working at cross-purposes to one another and to the main characters.  If you want something a little different, give this book a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1/2018 jsb First, the Author has a lot of great material, I just think she had some problems putting it all in and making it flow. It was a good story, but about ~1/2 way through it's tough resding, it picks up again and closes well but that center portion is difficult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Steps back and forth in time in an unbelievable seamlessness This book deals with historical Scottish warriors one of my favorite reading genres. The added bonus to this book is the time travel which was done amazingly well so one actually steps back and forth in time in an unbelievable seamlessness. I lived in Scotland and am of Scottish descent so I enjoyed her accurate description of the countryside, their customs and speech.  Laurie and Patrick's verbal sparing keeps you on your toes wondering what will become of these two very different people from different times. Ms Hamilton weaves a story of love and intrigue through out this entertaining book. For a full review see my blog: sportochicksmusings.blogspot. com
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
I love time-travel romances! I have just finished reading this fantastic Scottish tale JUST BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE, written by Dawn Marie Hamilton! It’s about a 21st century woman, named Laurie and a handsome highlander named Patrick, in a story set in the Scottish Highlands. It was fun to read, if you believe in magic and faeries, then this book is for you. Let yourself be carried away by her two charming characters and wonderful adventure. It’s cute to follow...Laurie, who lives in the present, is suddenly pushed back in time in front of a highlander! Twists and turns, ups and downs will make you follow their journey into the wild Highlands. The story has a touch of faeries and brownies, betrayal and trust. Also, a beautiful romance will be developed between Patrick and Laurie! It’s a sweet romantic tale, well written, because this author is a very descriptive writer. I recommend this book of the HIGHLAND GARDENS series; next book will be JUST ONCE IN A VERRA BLUE MOON, which will be Elspeth and Finn’s story.