In the newest from veteran romance novelist Kurland (Star of the Morning), Manhattan concert violinist Jennifer McKinnon fears that she will never find a decent man—a tough enough prospect even without the "otherworldly things" in her family tree. Namely, her mother's side of the family has a history of marrying people from outside their own time period, and her ghostly relatives have conspired to get Jennifer married off to the perfect knight: Nicholas de Piaget, of the 13th century. After Jennifer is hurled back into his world by means of a time gate, she falls instantly in love with the handsome knight. Though the feeling is mutual, Nicholas is tormented by her desperation to find a way back to the future. Though the setup is promising, Kurland fails to deliver any meaningful conflict. The leads never seem to be in any real danger of losing each other, as nearly every character works to get them together and keep them that way. Moreover, the exceedingly chaste romance—with just a few passionate kisses between the leads—will leave many romance fans frustrated. (May)
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After a particularly bad date, Jennifer McKinnon returns home to her Manhattan apartment wondering if she will ever find her true love. It turns out that she has been looking in the wrong place, and time. While visiting her sister in England, Jennifer stumbles across a "time gate" and is whisked back 800 years into the past. Just as she is about to be barbecued for being a witch, Jennifer is rescued by Nicholas de Piaget. After enduring months of matchmaking by his termagant of a grandmother, Nicholas has finally found the one woman with whom he can imagine spending the rest of his life. The only problem is that now Nicholas must find a way to convince Jennifer to stay with him in the past rather than return to her life in the future. Kurland infuses her polished writing with a deliciously dry wit, and her latest time-travel love story is sweetly romantic and thoroughly satisfying. John Charles
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