An immortal warrior has conquered death. Now he must conquer living. When immortal warrior Lachlan MacAlpin rescues a woman from the depths of Loch Ness, he knows she is his one true love foretold by an ancient prophecy. But imagine American Amber McPhee’s surprise when she awakens in Urquhart Castle to discover that she has fallen more than four hundred years into the past – and into a love that will shatter the barriers of time.
I can think of very few time travel book I’ve read that didn’t involve a woman from recent times going back to centuries ago in Scotland. In this one, the time travel itself isn’t the only paranormal aspect to it; there’re also immortal characters involved, which leads to an unconventional ending.
As a concept for romance, the focus on the wilds of Scotland makes sense: it’s far easier to go a bit grubby and gallivant about the Highlands than it is to learn to dance and play the piano and fit into a Regency ballroom. And as Scottish romances in general tend to not be as interested in historical details and rules as some other settings, it makes the time travel aspect easier to buy into.
Your first hurdle will be being able to accept that a twenty-first century American could communicate AT ALL in 1566 Scotland. If you can deal with that, then this can be an enjoyable read.
Sometimes the time travel theme fascinates me, and I hadn’t read one for a while, so I thought I’d give The Inscription a go. It was written well enough, but I do still struggle with suspending my disbelief – particularly with so many centuries between the characters.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.