Heroine Shannon Rose is a 'good girl' college kid, with no friends, no life, and no family ties - in essence a cardboard character. When a college acquaintance enlists her help in researching the 'maypole' for the renaissance faire committee, she reluctantly agrees, little realizing that the research will trigger a series of events which will send her back in time to ancient Ireland.
Enter the hero Ian. Ian, an aspiring bard is an appallingly lazy man obsessed with womanizing and avoiding his responsibilities. Fed up with his laziness, his father punishes him by sentencing him to herd cattle for one year. Yes. You read it right folks. Herd cattle(!) As if this were not bad enough, he is also forced to marry a widow named Clodagh.
Enter Shannon, who has now succeeded in time traveling back to Ireland. Found by Ian, she is brought back to the fort on the night of Beltane, and forced to marry him as his `Beltane Wife,' before Ian begins his yearlong sentence as a cowherd. They frolic in the hills for a while, before Shannon learns the truth... That Ian is already married to Clodagh. Can their love survive the test of time?
This is a time travel romance. Shannon Rose has to reinvent herself when she finds herself in pagan Eire in medieval Ireland. Shannon Rose meets Lasairian who looks exactly like a man in the twentieth century to whom Shannon Rose has been attracted.
It was good, nothing mind-blowing though. A quick read.