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Armstrong reviewed Much Ado In the Moonlight (MacLeod Family, Bk 9) on
Helpful Score: 5
This is the story of Victoria McKinnon, sister of Thomas McKinnon from another Lynn Kurland favorite (My Heart Stood Still). It is a tale that stands on its own, yet has plenty of references to other Kurland books that will make you want to re-read to get the full story...A thoroughly engaging read; fun and an opportunity to appreciate anew quotes from the Bard.
OF COURSE the hero-lady is going to fall in love with the big, burly Scot warrior/ghost. OF COURSE he hates everyone in her family from the beginning of time. OF COURSE he is going to fall in love with her. It's been done, it's been done, it's been done! Then why did I like it so much?!? Probably because it is so well written that I could smell the woods,feel the drafts in the castle and taste the warm ale in the pub! Great read!
My first Lynn Kurland novel. I adored the story including time-travel and ghosts as well as comedy! This is the story of Connor MacDougal and Victoria McKinnon and their romp through different times while falling in love. Connor is one of my favorite characters of all Lynn's books. This story prompted me to become hooked on her stories.
This book was good and different in a way that is hard to explain. Most books have one problem/issue/mystery and it is over when that problem/issue/mystery is resolved. This book kept going. One issue is resolved satisfactory, then you realize there are still seventy pages left. So it moves into the next issue...into the next issue, etc. It was a different experience. With some books you get to the end and think "well, that was good, but I wish there had been a little more." This one has that "little more." It is a bit cliche, but funny and warm hearted at the same time. I enjoyed our ghost hero and his lady heroine. It is a bit slow going in the beginning, but I hung in there and found I was pleased by the end.
Victoria McKinnon travels to England to produce "Hamlet" in an honest to goodness English Castle. However, the castle is haunted by a grumpy, gorgeous Highland warrior who falls in love with her and havoc ensues. Very entertaining. A good read.
this book will bring on the smiles.I laughed so much my family thought I was nuts:) Victoria goes to an english castle she is going to stage the play Hamlet but comes across a problem, a grumpy highland warrior whose ghost is furious to have people in his home but finds love after eight hundred years.
"When Victoria McKinnon's brother offers to finance her production of 'Hamlet', she leaps at the chance. She can't imagine anything better than staging Shakespeare's masterpiece in an honest to goodness English castle. There's just one problem: the place is haunted by a grumpy, gorgeous Highland warrior who's furious that anyone dares to invade his house."
This book was so much fun. Just when you think they've resolved their issues the book takes another turn. This book is great as a stand-alone; but it appears that it is one in a series so I will be reading about the rest of the ghosts and the matches they make. Lynn Kurland at her best!
I have read several Lynn Kurland books and am a great fan. I love the time travel books but this is the first one I have read that involves a ghost. I was drawn in to the characters of the book, both real and sepctral. Some were quite different than expected and there were twists and turns that kept you guessing. I enjoyed this book and look forward to my next Kurland novel.
Another wonderful time-travel/ghost story from Lynn Kurland (no relation). This time is Thomas' sister Victoria who travels to Thorpewold to produce Hamlet. There she is haunted by Connor MacDougal, and promptly falls in love with him.
Not my favorite of Lyn Kurlands books but definitely still a good read. I think My problem has more to do with part of the resolution of the story, which I won't reveal and spoil the story. Many characters from other stories make brief appearances, including Jamie, my absolute favorite Highlander.
Even if you've never picked up a Lyn Kurland novel you will not be lost as she weaves just enough of previous events to bring you up to speed but not so much as to bore her regular readers.
If you like paranormal romance with a touch of humor, and a smidge of time travel this and her other novels are definitely for you.
Did not finish. One of those books that seems to depend heavily on your having read the others in the series. Boring and pointless with lots of bizarre ghost characters that comment on and meddle in the proceedings. Ugh.
A new selection. The story of an 800 year old ghost and the modern woman who turns his plans for a peaceful afterlife upside down.
Enter, Victoria McKinnon, director of plays, et cetera.
Connor MacDougal has no intention of relinquishing his authority over Thorpewold Castle to anyone, let alone a McKinnon, but when he catches a glimpse of the beautiful intruder, suddenly he can't help but wonder why it's taken eight hundred years into his afterlife to find the love of a lifetime.
I'm only giving this one a middling grade, partly because it is so formulaic.
But perhaps I am being unfair in two ways. 1, I don't much care for time travel stories, and 2, I started it without realizing the novel is the middle of a series.
From back cover: When Victoria McKinnon's brother offers to finance her production of Hamlet, she leaps at the chance. She can't imagine anything better than staging Shakespeare's masterpiece in an honest-to-goodness English castle. There's just one problem: the place is haunted by a grumpy, gorgeous Highland warrior, who's furious that anyone dares to invade his home.
Connor MacDougal has no intention of relinquishing his authority over Thorpewold Castle to anyone, let alone a McKinnon. But when he catches a glimpse of the beautiful intruder, suddenly he can't help but wonder why it's taken eight hundred years into his afterlife to find the love of a lifetime...
It's nice to visit old friends sometimes. It has been awhile since I ventured into the magical worlds of Kurland and I found I still thoroughly enjoy it! She is still way too wordy, somewhat silly but always wonderful fun.
The story line in "Much Ado..." is very much the same as is has been throughout the entire Piaget/MacCloud series with the hero (in this instance Conner MacDougal) and heroine (Victoria MacKinnon) jumping through time on their quest for true love. In previous books, Conner was portrayed as a nasty, rather unlikeable character and Victoria the overly brash and headstrong sister to other main characters. Here, we find them both completely changed, Conner cries and Victoria's insecure. While we understand Victoria's about-face (after all, we all experience those self-doubting moments - even the most determined of us) but Conner's weeping jags just cannot rise to believable if we are to also accept him as a hardened medieval Laird. Aw well, one reads Kurland for the fantasy after all and THAT part never disappoints!
I got suckered into trying this by the premise of a haunted production of Hamlet. But ... This book read like a Three Stooges film. There were moronic ghosts. There was idiotic behavior, there were prat falls, there was screaming and running and fainting. There were random acts of violence played for laughs. There was a sword pole vault. I'm a little stunned there were no kilt wardrobe malfunctions, but then I stopped reading around page 60, so anything's possible.
It was evident from constant references that the writer flatters herself that anyone picking up this book will have read whatever others she has written. I didn't know she'd written any, haven't read them - and have no desire to ever do so. This book is an object lesson in how *not* to continue a series: don't assume your reader knows who all the players are. Don't assume your reader knows which are dead and which are not. Don't blurt out the key points to your other books' endings, because that takes away a great deal of the motivation to read them if one hasn't.
Even aside from the above, the characters were unlikeable (I'm expected to accept that the "heroine" will continue to nurse a passion for a moron who has shown himself to be outrageously rude? Welcome to the 21st century...?). They were alternately insecure, smug, or simply annoying, and, in the case of the ghosts, caricatures. (Now that I've mentioned the Stooges, one of the ghosts is, no offence to the human, very like Moe.) The undead were horrendous parodies of characters the writer read about somewhere else, and the living characters... Evidently the ghosts' primary reason for continued existence is to play matchmaker. If these mortals couldn't find mates for themselves, they would do far better to refrain from breeding.
I adore Diana Gabaldon; she created a wonderful, wonderful series - but she has a great deal to answer for in the massive amounts of trash written to grab onto her coattails.