There’s no time like the present…
…If you’re running from the past.
One Magic Moment is the latest in the “de Piaget — MacLeod” world created by author Lynn Kurland. It is a historical romance book – and don’t dismissed it just because, the world of the de Piaget’s and MacLeod’s is full of paranormal, adventure, time travel, drama, and chivalrous knights-in-shining-armour.
Kurland’s books are for all types of readers, for all fans of different genres. Exactly what got me hook, and was the bridge for me to start reading romance – particularly historical romance books.
One Magic Moment is the story about Tess Alexander and John de Piaget. Published on May 3, 2011, Lynn Kurland continues the story of the Alexander sisters (which started in One Enchanted Evening) and the de Piaget brothers (numerous books to list).
This is the first “latest” (in publication and timeline) book I have read in the de Piaget — MacLeod world and having read a few of the earliest stories, I felt like I missed a lot. For in OMM, a lot of the characters from previous books either made an appearance or was mentioned in passing, and I can’t help but wonder about their stories.
However, that’s what I like with Kurland, her books are all stand-alone. One does not need to start from some earlier publication to grasp and get inside her creations. Whenever characters from previous stories were mentioned or made an appearance, no critical information is included that will only make the reader feel like having missed something important.
In this book, the story tell of the lives of Tess Alexander — who lives in our time; and John de Piaget — who was from the 13th century. Two characters trapped in a world trying to forget their past, their pains. Tess having lost her sister to a marriage with John’s twin brother Montgomery and chose to live in 1214. And John who had a row with his father and lord of Artane castle, Rhys de Piaget; and secondly, trapped in our time, no means of going back.
He looked at her in silence for several long moments, then took a step backward. And then he sank to one knee.
John took a deep breath. “Tess”, he bagan slowly, sounding a little more nervous than she’d ever heard him sound, “I have little to offer you –”
“Besides a Vanquish”, Jake put in, sounding disgusted, “and no doubt numerous Swiss safe-deposit boxes overflowing with cash.”
John shot his brother-in-law a warning look, then turned back to her. “I have a few quid”, he conceded, “which means nothing in either century except that I’ll be able to provide for you as you deserve. I vow I will shield you with my name, protect you with my sword, and sheepdog you until you beg me to stop.” He paused, then looked at her seriously. “I want forever, Tess.”
It was a play worth rereading, a play between two people knowing who the other one is and a person who wants to hide his true identity. Yet deep inside they both long for each others embrace and touch, but afraid they’ll both run away if they find out the secrets they both were hiding.
Although it sounds like a typical story, especially if you have read Kurland’s other books like Dreams of Stardust, OMM still stands out and presented itself as a fresh story that will make one wish he or she is one of the two main characters. In fact, this is the first romantic book that I was able to connect to a female character. Her dreams, her wishes, her desires, the world from her eyes.
Near the end, the two characters were thrown back in the time of John de Piaget. This pulled out the best in Tess Alexander – our modern lady. Even though she is a scholar with degrees in Medieval Studies, it still did not save her from the shock of reality in breathing and living in medieval England. Yet she showed her strength both physically by enduring the stress, and mentally by staying sane, despite the fact that she almost died in the 13th century.
John on the other hand finally embraced his reality, his “present time”. This coming-at-peace-with-yourself enabled him to tackle clearly the problems they are facing as well as being able to protect the love of his life – Tess. Having stopped denying his true identity, it only made him face the dangers and hardship of his life – medieval or modern England.
Finally but not the least, the way the previous characters were presented made me love this book even more. The joy of seeing Jake Kilchurn and Amanda de Piaget Kilchurn from the book Dreams of Stardust; Montgomery de Piaget and Pippa Alexander de Piaget from One Enchanted Evening; Nicholas de Piaget and Jennifer MacLeod McKinnon de Piaget from When I Fall in Love; to mention a few, kind of updated the reader to what happened to these couples after their story ended in their respective book publications.
For example, in Dreams of Stardust, the story ended with Jake Kilchurn and Amanda de Piaget getting married and moving to their own castle. In One Magic Moment when they made their appearance, I was glad to see that Jake, being the man from our time, have successfully adjusted to living in the 13th century, as a number one painter and gem-cutter, as a great husband to Amanda de Piaget, and as a loving father to their kids. Their kids who were only mentioned in DoS while Kendrick de Piaget was telling the genealogy of the couple.
I give this book a 10 out of 10 stars. Highly recommended for your reading pleasure and adventure. Buy One Magic Moment here.
Thank you to my lovely girlfriend, Sherlene, for this book gift.