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Love Came Just in Time
by Lynn Kurland
Other books by this author that I've reviewed include Tapestry, Stardust of Yesterday, One Enchanted Evening, One Magic Moment, From This Moment On, Spellweaver, Gift of Magic, All For You, Roses in Moonlight, Dreams of Lilacs, Ever My Love.
Four short stories with one in the De Piaget series, two in the MacLeod series, and the fourth in both De Piaget and MacLeod. Both series intertwine with historical paranormal romance and time travel into Scotland.
I’d almost forgotten how much fun Lynn Kurland is to read. She romps through romance and flips through time with joyous abandon creating warm, memorable characters about whom you can’t help but want to know more.
“Gift of Christmas Past” (De Piaget, 5)
“Three Wise Ghosts” (MacLeod, 6 and De Piaget, 7)
“And the Groom Wore Tulle” (MacLeod, 3)
“Icing on the Cake” (MacLeod, 5)
“Gift of Christmas Past” is a little bit It’s a Wonderful Life when the recently-fired Abby Garrett falls through Murphy’s Pond trying to save Sir Sweetums and ends up in the so-very-disillusioned Crusader (Rhys’ son), Miles de Piaget‘s well-used moat at his very lonely castle in 1238.
It’s also found in Julie Beard’s The Christmas Cat.
“Three Wise Ghosts” introduces Gideon, billionaire CEO of a multinational company, to Megan who has just been fired for the umpteenth time. Through the machinations of their dead(ly) relatives, the two are brought face to face in an inn in Scotland where they both discover the joys of taking a Christmas vacation. (This is the story where the inn comes into the family.)
It’s also found in Christmas Spirits.
“And the Groom Wore Tulle” is too funny and one of my favorites. I keep trying to picture a whiffy and hairy Ian MacLeod in a bridal gown after having spent several months in a Fergusson dungeon, circa 14th century. Poor Ian is paying for his philandering ways when he shows up in the 1999 storage room of a New York bridal shop where he terrifies and then intrigues Jane Fergusson into taking him home. Intrigues her enough for her to take him home yet again, to Scotland in search of his brother, Jamie.
It’s also found in Veils of Time.
“Icing on the Cake” is a total departure from the usual scenarios — no time travel involved and it takes place in Alaska! And yes, opposites do attract, as Sam MacLeod is a cookery writer while Sydney is an outdoor wilderness guide. Poor Syd is despised and shunned by everyone, and Sam’s chivalry comes to the fore. Showing a surprising sensitivity, Sam makes a deal with Syd — he’ll teach her how to cook, if she’ll teach him how to do those manly things, like changing the oil in his car, chopping wood, and using tools…shock… Of course, this is all just an excuse to spend time with Syd and try to get her to let him approach her without her holding a gun on him!
It’s also found in Opposites Attract.
The Cover and Title
The cover has a softly textured white-on-white with traces of pink and orange background — fern leaves and a hint of foliage. The borders are lightly defined with black line work culminating in a contemporary Celtic key in each corner. The center is an inset showcasing a ring bearer’s pillow with a pair of gold wedding rings and a rose bordered with more black line work but with a stylized leave in each corner.
The title [as do the rings] perfectly relates the topic of the short stories within, when Love Came Just in Time for each couple.