Stars in You Eyes by Lynn Kurland
Series: de Piaget series #14
Also in this series: Dreams of Lilacs
Published by Jove, Penguin
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Historical, Medieval, Time Travel
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Imogen Maxwell is on a hunt for rare, antique items to use on a period movie set. The last thing she expects to discover in the peaceful Scottish countryside is a pristine medieval sword...or to suddenly find herself facing its very vintage owner in a far too authentic castle.
Phillip de Piaget has run out of patience with his recalcitrant Scottish betrothed and is determined that she will join him, once and for all, in front of the altar. Only the lass he captures fleeing his would-be keep seems more interested in running away from him than talking to him. In fact, she seems to have no idea who he is.
Imogen finally gets to Scotland after an incredibly long journey from America. She is in Scotland to try and find inexpensive yet authentic looking medieval antiques for use in a movie that she’s a part of. She heads into one store and is approached by a woman who she learns is named Heather. Heather invites her to her castle which she says is chock full of authentic medieval antiques. Imogen is excited and takes her up on her offer to visit. At one point in the tour of the castle Heather invites Imogen to touch a sword that’s been stuck in the floor of the great hall since (supposedly) the 13th century. Imogen again takes Heather up on her offer and ends up being knocked over.
Imogen has been transported to a different time but her brain can’t even think that way. She thinks, for a bit too long imho, that she’s on a movie set and that eveyone is method acting and not breaking character. The other possibility is that her evil siblings have once again played a trick on her and their filming the prank. She finally has to come to realize that she’s been transported in time but it’s almost too much for her mind to contemplate.
Phillip de Piaget is the eldest son of Robin and Anne de Piaget and has been engaged to Heather of Haemesburgh for the past seven years. He made the contracts with her father and without even meeting Heather in person. Phillip is interested in the Haemesburgh castle and it’s position long the border of Scotland and England more than anything else. He has tried to see Heather over the years but he’s gotten nothing but flack and even how dung thrown at him. He’s ready to marry and he’s not taking no for an answer this time.
When Phillip arrives at Haemesburgh right when a woman, who he at first thinks is Heather, hanging from the drawbridge that is going up. He saves the woman, who is Imogen, and ends up watching over her. Phillip is mystified by everything he finds at Haemesburgh – including the absence of Heather – and then even more mystified when he heads to his uncle’s house and finds out that the “paranormal oddities” that he’s heard about most of his life are much more involved in his family than he ever would have thought possible.
This was a cute book. With Imogen and Phillip falling in love pretty quickly I found it to be more about Phillip’s discovery of time travel and what that meant for his family than I would have expected. Yes, the romance was sweet and I loved Phillip to death but I didn’t feel it as strongly as I have in past de Piaget books.
Imogen was an interesting woman. She thought non-stop about being in a movie (as that’s what she thought happened when she time-traveled) but she did it for so long I found it to get a little old after a while. I was happy when she finally started accepting the facts and seeing the incredible opportunity for what it was – a chance to see medieval life in person.
Overall it was pleasant read but I definitely had my issues with the blending of the romance with the rest of the story.
Rating: 3 out of 5