In 1811 Ireland, Londoner Theodosia "Thea" Barrington lives with her wealthy but abusive fiancé Nigel Cosgrove though his increasing use of violence scares her and makes her want to reconsider marrying him although she really has no choice as her family needs his money and power. However, shehas a personal reason for remaining at least at Nigel's castle; a gypsy told her she will wed Ros "Black Falcon" Drumcondra, whose grandfather lost Cashel Cosgrove due to betrayal to Nigel's ancestor over a century before.
Thea enters ancient ruins that are a portal leading her to 1695, the year that the laird allegedly disappeared, but before she can get her bearings, Drumcondra's men abduct her. He thinks she is the intended of his enemy, Cosgrove. He holds her for ransom, but quickly her and her captor fall in love. Thea plans to save her beloved's life before returning to her time.
Though the time travel story line takes a bit to understand especially who Drumcondra really is, readers will enjoy this fine historical due to the heroine who is out of place as a Regency lady in seventeenth century environs. The story line is action packed as Thea is a pawn between the two rivals, but chooses love and goes out of her way to insure her beloved survives the upcoming betrayal. Readers will enjoy Dawn Thompson's fine time traveling romance.
I had not read any books by this author before but I will look for her work again. I loved the paranormal star crossed lover idea. That different dimensions could exist causing parallel lifetimes was an exciting concept.
This book drove me nuts! I was almost bored to tears. The only thing good about it was the bird. I only finished it because I have OCD and would have been even crazier if I hadn't. Finishing the horrible book was the lesser of two evils. :)