Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks
Julie Moffett brings readers the sequel to A Double-Edged Blade. Across a Moonswept Moor is an imaginative tale of love, sacrifice, and commitment.
Northern Ireland, 1997: Fiona Chancellor arrives in Ireland looking for her cousin who has been missing for a year. When she arrives at the quaint antique shop, the last on her list, she shows the charming elf-like owner, Seamus, the double-edged blade belonging to her missing cousin. It has a new inscription that only she and her cousin would understand, and it wasn't there a year ago when she first saw the dagger. She's hoping it holds the key to where her cousin is. Seamus tells Fiona of an Irish legend, and how the dagger is said to be enchanted - magical. Late in the night, Fiona heads out to the one place that may hold the clues to help her find her missing cousin.
Ireland 1649: Scotsman Ian McClaren rides in the dark through Ireland to the castle of friend and Irish rebel leader, Miles O'Bruaidar. O'Bruaidar has been captured by Englishman, Oliver Cromwell, and is expected to be executed. Mile's wife, Faith, needs Ian's help to save her husband. Little does Ian know it will take a British woman with determination to teach him the lesson in compassion and determination when rescuing his friend.
Ms. Moffett's distinctive writing style makes her sequel, Across A Moonswept Moor, a pleasure to read. The characters are delightfully drawn and the dialogue clear. Her natural talents and creative imagination successfully bring this story to life. It's a romantic adventure all romance readers should experience, even if only to see how a dagger, a magical stone ring, and dragon's teeth can lead one to love.
In 1997, the trail Fiona Chanceller has followed in search of her missing cousin Faith Worthington takes her to County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. The experts told her that the dagger she holds that Faith once possessed comes from that region. She quickly learns from an antique shop owner, Seamus Gogarty that the OBruiader dagger is indeed from the area. He also informs her that the dagger, which has not been seen in centuries at least in this vicinity, has a legend involving Fey people, and an enchantment allegedly activated by mystic stone circles like that of nearby Beaghmore.
Fionas search takes a twist when she soon finds herself in mid-seventeenth century Ireland where she learns that Faith is happy with her soul mate, who is a prisoner of the Roundheads. As Fiona tries to help free Miles OBruiader, she falls in love with his best friend Ian Maclaren, but can she give up the conveniences of late twentieth century life as her friend has?
ACROSS A MOONSWEPT MOOR is an exciting time travel romance. The engaging story line works because the heroine struggles with her adjustment to a less technological area and clearly misses the conveniences she is used to having. The return of Faith and Miles (stars of A DOUBLE EDGED BLADE) augments this story as their fate impacts on that of Fiona and Ian. This cleverly crafted tale that uses historical tidbits to describe the setting belongs to the lead couple, especially the cake and eat it heroine who wants her hunk and her twentieth century devices too.