Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review ARC ~ Just Beyond the Garden Gate by Dawn Marie Hamilton

~ Blurb ~

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

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.

The manuscript for 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate' finaled in the From the Heart RW Golden Gateway contest and the Oklahoma RW Finally a Bride contest.

~ My Review ~ 
I was given this ARC for an honest opinion.
I had just gotten through reading and reviewing Ms. Hamilton's Sea Panther when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book which is the 1st book in her Highland Gardens ~ a Scottish Time Travel Fantasy Romance Series. These two books both deal with romance and time travel but that is the only similarities except for exceptional writing skills.

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. 

So I won't give away the ending but part of it I saw coming and the rest was a very pleasant surprise. I love the way she set up the next book and I can't wait to read how Laurie's cousin, Finn, does in Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon (HighlandGardens #2)I have just downloaded it and will start reading it shortly. So stay tuned for that review.

Read my review of Dawn Marie Hamilton's Sea Panther at my blog

~ My Rating ~ 

~ 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. She is a member of The Golden Network, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, Celtic Hearts, and From the Heart chapters of RWA. When not writing, she's cooking, gardening, or paddling local creeks with her husband.

Enamored with everything Scottish, it's no surprise Scotland is the setting—along with the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina—for Highland Gardens, a Scottish historical time-travel fantasy romance series.

As a member of Clan Hamilton Society, Dawn Marie enjoys attending the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of the Scottish Clans, which take place near Highland Gardens's fictitious town of Anderson Creek, North Carolina.

A Jersey girl at heart, Dawn Marie lives in Southern Maryland with her husband.

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