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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

4/5 Review: The Winter Laird by Nancy Scanlon





THE PRESENT
Successful matchmaker Brianagh O’Rourke believes in happily-ever-afters...just not her own. She’s convinced passion only exists in her dreams. When she reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal, Bri decides she needs a vacation—but she didn't expect it to be in 15th century Ireland.

THE PAST
Laird Nioclas MacWilliam just wants peace for his clan. The time for him to marry has come, and after waiting years for his ally to present their daughter, he’s agreed to marry another. But on the eve of his nuptials, a daring rescue brings his missing betrothed right into his arms.

And she does not want to be there.

THE FUTURE
Brianagh has to return to the future. Nioclas has to marry. He offers a solution for the both of them: She marries him and stays for three months, and they work together to convince his clan they are a love match. In return, he vows to safely return her home. But as the days turn to weeks, they both begin to see what a happily-ever-after could be. And when the time comes, does Brianagh return to the life she’s built, or does she remain in the past for a chance at true love?

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This is my first time reading a book by Nancy Scanlon. I do love reading romances, and time travel ones especially.  Also, another thing that drew me to this book is the setting, Ireland. The writing of Ms. Scanlon really drew me in, and made me feel like I was a part of the story, and back in 15th century Ireland.  This also is not one of the steamy steamy romances, this is one that uses words and light touches to show the love and romance that happens.
Laird Nioclas MacWilliam and Brianagh O’Rourke are the main characters and are the central players for the future of their clans, by fulfilling a prophecy. Their future children are believed to be able to bend time to their wills. She never knew about her abilities and never knew that she was always surrounded by people that were supposed to protect her, and help her to fulfill her destiny. When she is thrust back in time she actually interrupts Nicolas’ marriage that he was moving on to. So while he is determined to wed her, she is determined to get back to 2015. Nioclas does not believe that she is from the future, of course, and convinces her to stay in the marriage for 3 months, and he will help her to return. There is a force though that wants to destroy the both of them, but they have help to stay safe. In the end, does Brianagh return to 2015? I’ll let you find out.