New York City, Present Day
Magdalen Deacon loved her job as an art curator at one of New York’s top museums. Work helped her forget the recent tragedy of losing her beloved brother, and the new crop of historic works from Scotland caught Magda’s eye, especially one of a 17th century Scottish Marquis. Saddened by his story of fighting for his country and then being hanged, Magda decides to work on restoring this painting first but soon feels the strange heat emanating off of the canvas right into her body. Placing her hands on either side of the Scott’s handsome face, Magda is sucked in through the painting itself, and lands smack on top of the breathing, and very much alive James Graham!
James Graham, the first Marquis of Montrose is quietly sleeping alone (for a change) in his bed when a thump awakens him and he finds a gorgeous lass lying on top of him. She speaks strangely, is dressed in unusual clothing and carries odd looking items on her that James cannot make heads or tails of. Yet, James is drawn to this peculiar lass who claims she is from the future, and begins to believe her story when he realizes the items she has could never have come from his own time. Vowing to help Magda return to her era, James promises to take Magda to the monk who painted his portrait. However the plans are put on hold when the war raging between his Scottish Highlands and the English beckons James. James is falling in love with Magda, and he will do anything to keep her with him in his time, even if that time is destined to be short!
I enjoyed reading newcomer Veronica Wolff’s first novel, Master of the Highlands and had looked forward to reading her newest tale, Sword of the Highlands, but was out-and-out disappointed. Sword of the Highlands starts off very promising, but once Magda arrives in James’ time, it becomes more a story of history then romance. I found Magda annoying and she doesn’t seem to “suit” the Scottish laird James at all. James wants to fight for his country, but wants to keep Magda with him, why I haven’t a clue since they spend very little time together. There is no chemistry between the two, and the odd ravings of the monk and the witch, plus the drawn out details of the battles add to the confusion of the story.