Publisher: Little Box Press LLC
Published: October 16, 2016
“Though it may be set before you, like a ship you determine your fate, and not some evil wind.”
While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of it—except Gwen.
Niall McLeod has been a prisoner, a ghost, for centuries. When he meets Gwen, he wonders if she is the key to releasing him, but Niall’s quest for freedom may cost Gwen her life.
If I were to describe this in a few words, I would say that this book is short yet magical and sweet. This book is a novella, only 193 pages in my ereader, yet it gives me more than what other hefty books could offer. The problem with novellas is that sometimes it lacks the development and intricate plot that full length books often have. Reading novella always leaves me wanting more or wishing that there is a more developed or well-thought plot. However, I do not see any problem in this one.
It is sweet in a sense that the romance is not too boring – those romance stories where you would know that they would definitely end up together but it would took them 200 pages to be a couple – but not too rush. Moreover, the romance part in this book does not overshadow the other aspect of the story.
I’m completely in awe after finishing this book and I can hardly believe that I only read less than 200 pages. There is a magical realism aspect to this story and it also gives you a back story as to how the story turns out to be that way. I love every bit of it. It’s like reading many genre in just a few pages.
This book is perfect to those who are planning to read The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m not comparing this book in that level or whatsoever. I only think that it is a perfect book to read before reading The Outlander because Niall, one of the main character, is Scottish. His speech or the way the author emphasized his accent is quite similar to Diana Gabaldon. You would read ‘yer’ instead of ‘your’. That sort of thing. And believe me, when you are reading quite a hefty book as The Outlander it is quite unnerving at first and it would need a ton of patience to get used to. So I think this book could help you to get used to that type of dialogue from a character.
Highly recommending this to anyone who is looking for a quick and enjoyable reads. If you are looking for something to read in a short amount of time, definitely check this out!