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Scotland, 1311. James MacLeod was the most respected---and feared---laird in all of Scotland. He loved his men like brothers and his land with a passion. And he allowed no women to cross the threshold of his keep...New York City, 1996. With an indifferent fiancé and a stalled writing career, Elizabeth Smith found passion and adventure only in the unpublished romance novelsScotland, 1311. James MacLeod was the most respected---and feared---laird in all of Scotland. He loved his men like brothers and his land with a passion. And he allowed no women to cross the threshold of his keep...New York City, 1996. With an indifferent fiancé and a stalled writing career, Elizabeth Smith found passion and adventure only in the unpublished romance novels that she wrote. Until a Scottish hero began calling to her...Elizabeth longed for the man of her dreams. But she knew she was overworked when she began hearing his voice---when she was awake. To clear her mind, she took a walk in Gramercy Park. She dozed off on a bench---and woke up in a lush forest in fourteenth-century Scotland. A forest surrounding the castle of James MacLeod, an arrogant and handsome lord with a very familiar voice. Elizabeth would turn his ordered world upside-down and go where no woman had ever gone before: straight into his heart......

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A Dance Through Time Reviews

  • Tracy
    2019-05-23 20:15

    This book is beyond awful. I'm literally offended that it has such a high rating. The female "protagonist" is the most whiny, dependent lead character I've ever encountered -- more of a Mary Sue than Bella Swan. I truly believe that the author used a comprehensive list of every single female stereotype as an outline for the main character. She's "motherly," loves to cook, loves to clean, desperately needs a big, strong man to take care of her, is described as "fiery" and yet never displays any fierceness whatsoever, is totally obedient, docile, and, of course, waiting until marriage to have sex. In fact, not letting the poor dude access to her nether region is the only time she ever tells him "no." And oh, she's never even KISSED anyone. Right.I'm not even done with the book, but I think my favorite part so far is the "heroine" pledging to stay with her "love" (despite the fact that he calls her a wench and treats her with zero respect) because although she misses her family, she would surely miss him more. So after four weeks in medieval Ireland, she decides to forego her life of technology, science and, you know, MEDICINE, to stay with a spectacular douche and possibly be killed by some plague or another. Oh, and her love is rich and good looking. Of course.If you read and enjoy this book, I am thoroughly judging you.Oh, and FYI? The whole thing reads like the writer is fondly recalling a wet dream she desperately wishes were true. Need I say more?ETA: Just finished it and it gets even worse as you go on.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-05-10 18:02

    This was not really a 4* read for me, but it was above average for the most part, so 3* wasn't enough. I liked the story, I loved the Highlander clan members (especially Angus & Ian & Malcolm), and Jaime's son Jesse was almost too good to be true. And I really liked the gradual change in Jaime from his first 'she's-a-witch, I'll-throw-her-in-the-pit' response when he first saw her in his castle. So what didn't I like? Elizabeth was a 20th century author who often ate take-out and seldom cleaned her own apartment, yet without any adjustment time she jumps right in and not only organizes cleaning the castle (that was for survival), but is down on her hands and knees scouring a truly disgusting floor, and apparently was a good enough cook to create recipes. And then there's Megan, who's been posing as a boy for nearly a decade because Jaime didn't allow females in the castle, but as soon as Beth puts her in a dress, she acts completely like a girl, again with almost no adjustment time. It was just too jarring for me.That said, I will continue reading about the MacLeods

  • Miss Melanie
    2019-05-13 18:14

    This is one of my all time favorite books. Lynn Kurland writes a great story and doesn't have to rely on graphic sex to develop a good love story. Kurland is my favorite romance author by far. I keep all her books (even the short stories which, unfortunately, are generally not her best.) She is best at novels.

  • Marian
    2019-04-22 15:11

    This is another time travel that I read back in 1996. Jamie MacLeod is Laird over his clan in 1311 and Elizabeth Smith is a writer of romances in 1996.Kurland has a light touch with her time travels and I love how many members of the same family end up in the future together.

  • Leona
    2019-05-08 15:08

    This sets the stage for the MacLeod series which is I think her best series. The characters are great...I just love that cousin Ian. I think the book is somewhat tiresome in the beginning with all of Jamie's grumbles and antics, but it gets better once the author gets past all that.I would recommend reading the series, especially if you like time travel romances. This author has a light unique touch when it comes to the bedroom scenes, without missing a beat on the passion between characters. I think it is something that makes her unique in the genre and frankly a very welcoming change!

  • Lori McD
    2019-04-30 15:25

    2.5-3 starsI really, really wanted to love this book... the description is enchanting, and being an "Outlander" fan, I was caught by a "Jamie" being the Highland lord, and the "lady" being from 1996. But this book just... didn't... do it... for me... at all. *sigh*My apologies to major fans of this book, because I can see the appeal. But perhaps I'm a decade or two too late, because the story seemed disjointed. And the anachronisms between 1996 and 14th century Scotland, instead of being charming and funny, just seemed very wrong. For all her research about Scotland - and for wanting to be a romance writer at that - the main character, Elizabeth Smith, just wasn't all that interesting. Or it seemed very interested in that time. Rather than using it to find out more about the people and the times, she seems to be intent on imposing her will on the people and the times. Elizabeth grew up with 5 brothers, big hulking tough dudes. And she lives in New York City. So you'd think she'd know a thing or two about how to fend for herself and fight off men. Yes, she was tackled soon upon her "arrival" in the past - that she couldn't help. But not long after, she's almost being raped by 4 men. They're sure to have laid in wait for her, yes; but somehow, the circumstance seemed too much like a plot point than a happening. Elizabeth surely wasn't stupid enough to wander around alone, was she?James "Jamie" MacLeod - the Highlander of her dreams is anything but in person. He's almost a caricature of a Scottish laird, except I can't see many men following him anywhere with his hot head. He's grown up without a mother and without women in his life, and that's just fine with him. He has a son, Jesse, from a mistress who died giving birth to the lad. But Jamie really hasn't any idea about love or romance or sex - certainly not much more than the basic, rudimentary parts. Jamie has to ask his friend/cousin Ian for advice on how to pleasure a woman. What? In this way, Jamie is anything but the typical Scottish laird - is this supposed to be what's different about him from other romance lairds?And where are the TOWNSPEOPLE? A laird is responsible for the villages around the castle, and the crofters and other tenants on his land. You can't tell me that not ONE WOMAN is allowed to be part of the warriors' lives? Maids? Cooks? Washerwomen? Healers? Nope. For all intents and purposes, the only women we even really meet are Elizabeth and Megan, a lass that Jesse has disguised as a lad so that Megan has a place to sleep and food. What? From this, Jamie MacLeod is one of the WORST lairds of all time - he apparently cares nothing for his people beyond being his possessions. Yes, he rides out to see the damage done to crofters' homes on the border, a brutal raid supposedly by the Fergussons. And yes, Jamie does seem to be touched by the brutality, especially to the women. Except only when it hits him that Elizabeth could have been attacked that way. No real sympathy or caring for the crofters. UNBELIEVABLE.The villain, Nolan, is such a set up from the start of the book, that it's a no-brainer as to what will happen. Even the neighbor, the horrid Guilbert McKinnon, is no real enemy. He's another plot point.No, I found both Elizabeth and Jamie rather boring and almost unlikeable, except for their mutual love and the way that they treated Jesse and Megan. Until they decide to "return" to Elizabeth's time in 1996. The book actually started to get almost good at that point. But unfortunately, that, too was cut short by weird history and trying to return things to how they should have been without the villain's interference. Bleh.The time travel mechanism was a forest. Huh. We're told horrible beasties live in the forest and can tear a man apart. But no stories of faeries or superstitions about people who routinely disappear (with one small exception, Jamie's brother). Nothing really to make us think that this stretch of Scottish forest is anything other than trees. So how in the world anyone ever figured out the secret of the forest is beyond me....This book WANTS to be a good book. It has many of the required elements. Unfortunately, IMO, it's a victim of a poor story, poor writing, and poor editing. And yet, there are MORE of these books! Yes, this is only the 1st in a full-blown series that this author wrote, so obviously someone reads them and likes them. When I purchased this book, I also purchased "The Very Thought of You", marked as book #2; but it seems to be an entirely different story and set of people in the past. Once again, someone from the 1990s ends up in 14th century Scotland or England, but this time it's a man who goes in search of a woman. Since I own the book, I'll read it. But likely, I'll donate them both to my local library and be done with them. I wondered why my library didn't own any copies; I can see why now. Some convoluted and very small chart at the front of the 1st book supposedly shows how these books all relate, but frankly, the print and pictures are too small to follow. And I have no desire to figure it out.

  • Deborah Gafford
    2019-04-25 17:15

    I am a big fan of historical romance, especially when set in Scotland in the medieval time period. A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland more than met my expectations for a great read! Lynn Kurland is a master at creating characters you come to love with a plot that will pull at your heart strings and give you a chuckle now and then. Many of her books involve time travel and ghosts. This book is the beginning of many romances involving the McLeod family. It is a standalone book, but if you read all of her "McLeod family" books it helps to have read this one first. In A Dance Through Time, Elizabeth Smith, a struggling romance writer, dreams of a handsome Scottish laird then is magically transported to Scotland in the year 1311 to that same laird's castle. Laird James McLeod has never allowed a woman in his castle. When he finds Elizabeth there, he thinks she is a witch and promptly puts her in his dungeon. Unknown to all but a few of the clan, James' brother Patrick had traveled to the future the previous year, coming back only once to tell of it before returning. James realizes Elizabeth is not a witch, but rather a person from the future so he allows her to live in the castle in hopes of learning more about his missing brother. Even though he is a feared warrior throughout Scotland, he soon finds Elizabeth to be more than a match for him. The longer they are together, the more they become attracted to each other and ultimately fall in love. When Elizabeth finds a way to return to her own time, she must decide whether to remain in the past with James even as unexpected treachery threatens their hopes of a future together. Their story is a roller coaster ride of emotions that will pull you in from the very beginning and will hold you fast throughout the book. Ms. Kurland does an outstanding job of making the plot very believable and her characters will warm your heart. This book is definitely a 5 star read and I highly recommend it! I look forward to reading more of her work.

  • puppitypup
    2019-04-22 21:17

    Time Travel Romance Enjoyable!This is one of those slightly silly romance novels that just puts a big smile on your face. I burst out laughing several times while reading it. Elizabeth is an extremely likeable heroine, upbeat, kind and caring, always willing to talk things out.My only complaint about this book is the hero, Jamie, who flips back and forth between treating Elizabeth terribly vs. treating her with respect. All this both before and after he realizes he really likes her. I had a hard time drumming up respect for Jamie.(view spoiler)[It makes no sense that Jamie would carelessly throw Elizabeth in the dungeon, planning to burn her as a witch, based on what happened to his brother. Without that prior knowledge, yes, it would at least make sense, but I still wouldn't respect him. (hide spoiler)]All that said, the book takes a turn for the better about half way through, and gets really interesting through the last 15% or so. I will definitely be picking up the next in the sequel.Surprisingly, this book is almost completely clean. All intimate scenes are behind closed doors and after marriage. I believe there may have been one or two bad words, but I cannot remember with certainty.

  • Hollywood
    2019-04-28 23:32

    I'm usually a very positive reviewer, whether it's books, movies, TV shows, etc. This book, however, has me hesitant to give it a good rating. The characters were not as likable as others. The writer would have the people out of character several times just for the sake of a funny bit or Elizabeth (the heroine) especially would be out of character quite a bit for about the first half of the book for the sake of drama. Things didn't always flow and it made me feel as if I was reading a first draft yet to be read through again. All in all, it was just ok.

  • Tanya
    2019-05-09 19:08

    I enjoy this book. It is one of my favorites. It isn't squeaky clean but compared to other authors it isn't too terribly descriptive. Her books get cleaner as they go.When I read a romance I expect it to be unbelievable and fluff and that is what you get. I never expect any romance to be that way so for other reviewers to be expecting more than that seems a bit silly to me. I love how she eventually brings Jamie into other stories and develops his character. This is what make Lynn Kurland fun for me. She keeps me reading since I have to wait years for Katherine Kurtz to publish a book.

  • Penelope West
    2019-05-23 23:05

    This is another of Lynn's fantastic time travels. James MacLeod heads a family that enjoys wild adventures through the centuries. He is fiercely protective of his own, no matter the connection ... or the time. He is a lovable character that keeps popping up throughout the saga of this family. Beautifully crafted story that you won't want to put down. A definite keeper. In fact, my daughter and I both liked it so much we each have a copy of it.

  • Sha Mslvoe
    2019-05-05 21:13

    The best time-travel romance ever writen. My husband always thought I'm a loon when reading time-travel romance. LOL They are such wonderful lovers. I cried reading James 1st sight of his long lost brother Patrick. This is really a great book and well worth the reading. Lynn Kurland is in a class of her own.

  • Anna
    2019-05-02 23:21

    OK. So I know I make fun of romances all the time, but I really enjoyed Kurland’s fantasy series and I thought I’d read some of her other work. Let me begin by saying that, Yes, I did indeed think that this was very cheeezy! But as it is my rule, I always make it to the 100th page before throwing in the towel. By the time I made it to the 100th page, I felt somewhat invested in the characters and found myself wanting to know the conclusion. It wasn’t terrible by any means, and Lynn Kurland is a great writer. I’m sure that every 15 year old girl dreaming of a Scottish warrior might swoon, and if I were 15 I probably would too. But as it is, to me, it’s a bit of a mindless novel, not taking any strains or brains to read it. The romance was clean (meaning: No “throbbing members” Thank God) and I didn’t feel that I wasted a few hours of my life by reading it.

  • Carolina
    2019-05-17 19:17

    Lo que una estrella significa según goodreads (y según yo): did not like it = No me ha gustado. Pues eso, tal cual.

  • Yossra kerkeb
    2019-04-23 18:04

    Laughably bad. Literally, I laughed at how horrible it was. Didn't finish. Do not recommend to anyone.

  • Shani
    2019-04-26 23:02


  • A.M.G.
    2019-05-08 19:25

    **NOTE: No spoilers!**Actual Rating : 1.3/5Before I commence my official review of the novel, I feel that there are two things that the readers should know, and that I should indicate:1. The only reason that I decided to read this novel is because it has been on my "To-Read" list for a long time. That is because2. The concept of the story is good, really. Just based on the summary provided by Goodreads alone, you'd think it would be a decent novel, charming even.Both reasons, I am apt to mention, were not enough to prepare me for what I had gotten myself into. Now, I could literally go on and on about the shortcomings of this novel, as well as my specific problems with it, but I do not wish to fervently discourage anyone from reading it. No, instead, I think that this review ought only to be used as a precaution as to the problems one might find once reading the novel, without giving anything away, of course.Of the problems I encountered, I have decided to point out the three greatest ones, from "Bad to Worst". Again, I will do my best not to give anything away in my summary of these problems, but be prepared to have hopes dampened in case you had any regarding the content being mentioned. Well, with that being said, let's begin:Bad - The Historical ContentI feel it necessary to mention this just in case anyone wanted to read the novel purely for the "medieval Scottish" aspects of it. Granted, there are a few, and Lynn Kurland really is trying to weave it in the form of an effective historical fairytale; however, she fails miserably. There are details about the ways in which people might've lived back then in keeps, as well as defending their own lands and whatnot, but the descriptions are not captivating enough to really take you back in time, so to speak. Again, I am convinced that the author was at least trying to take her readers on an adventure, but, because her focus shifts so much to other things--which I will address later on--the attempted beauty regarding the history is horribly butchered. Needless to say, history lovers stay away.Worse - The RomanceThe one good thing to say for the romance in the novel is that it is not the worst thing--that is yet to come. In a nutshell, the romance in this novel can be summarized as the fantasy of a lonely, bored, hopelessly romantic, sexually frustrated housewife with nothing better to do, or the awakening sexual fantasies of an eleven-to-twelve year-old. I'll admit, as an eleven year old, looking back on some of my own written content and reading material back then, I would have considered this quite the five-star read. As it is though, now I can see it as nothing more than a waste of paper. Now, I understand how many people could have given this a four or five-star rating: I think that those who have sufficient literary taste can agree with me in chucking it down to hopelessly romantic notions. However, if the hopeless romantics of this world wish to indulge in a novel full to the brim with sickening sweetness and non-descriptive seductiveness, then I suggest that they go and read Twilight. Yes, even Twilight carries a better romance than this novel, because at least is carries a bit of equality. For those who are wondering what I mean, let me elaborate: in Twilight, both Edward and Bella partake in suffering, thus making it mutual, whereas the romance in this book is hopelessly flawed in that one of the characters is always at the beck and call of their counterpart, sacrificing way more than is just. I will not specify which of our protagonists it is, but, as a hint, think back to what a sexually-frustrated housewife would prefer, and you've got your answer.Worst - The LogicFinally, we arrive at the pinnacle of disaster in this novel: the logic it follows. I will not take the time to point out any of the obvious wrongdoings on behalf of the author to her readers, or how the majority of the chapters really focus on unnecessary details whilst emitting important others; however I will, on the other hand, express why this is the most blatantly depressing problem in the novel. A lot of the things that happen, the reader should be prepared to happen for no logical reason. And I literally mean no logical reason. That was one of the aspects that actually kept me attuned to the book enough to finish it, because I already had an inkling of what would happen next, and just wanted to see it through in order to prove myself right. I did. Successfully having tapped into the creative structure of this novel, I will now impart the secret as to its logic, which hopefully other readers will agree with once--and if--they bother to read it themselves. Listen: everything in the novel that happens literally happens only because the author wants it to. That's it. There's literally no other rhyme or reason for things happening as they do, except for the fact that the author wants it to happen that way. It may seem like a logical aspect of any novel, of course, because all authors are entitled to free reign over their stories, but this goes beyond that. Authors are entitled to free reign over their stories, yes, but at least provide the readers with a logic for doing things as you did and writing as you have. Lynn Kurland, unfortunately, does not provide any of this relief to her readers. On the contrary, she just goes on and on with her own personal preferences, eventually spouting out something that, quite honestly, she may be the only one to fully appreciate.All that being said, I will conclude my review, having kept readers preoccupied long enough already. Once more, I repeat that I do not wish to influence whether readers will take up this novel or not, as that is entirely a personal decision; however, I must, nevertheless, inform them of the novel's most drastic shortcomings. There is bias in this review, indeed, but keep in mind that it may contain truth as well.A.M.G.

  • Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
    2019-05-08 23:28

    This was a very appealing book. The hero and heroine are really lovely. The H is manly, with mush inside once he falls for the heroine - most unrealistic, but makes for a great lead in a light-hearted romance - and the h is lovely and feisty, but not stupid. They are very appealing together. I must admit the way the hero treated the heroine in the beginning gave me the creeps, I'll have a few crawly nightmares over that. I'm a real fan of time travel - in my heart I so wish it were possible - and am looking forward to moving on to the next book. There are quite a few secondary characters that I would like to know more about - especially a couple of the hero's relatives as well as the heroine's brothers, Alex and Zachary. I understand the next book is about Alex, so, yay! He looked like he would be right at home in medieval Scotland.This book was a light hearted type of romance, not your deep and meaningful kind, so if you're looking for a lovely fluffy read, then this could be for you. I enjoyed it enough to want to read more.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-09 20:12

    Readable but don't recommend it. This is a formulaic romance novel.It has the required characters and plot movement but it was lacking somehow. I compare this story to a soft drink that lost its fizz. There was nothing sparkling, surprising or delighting. A few times I wished it would be over. The hero is gruff and loses his temper a lot. He meets her and then over a short time, his heart starts melting for her. I would prefer more interesting interaction between them to justify his heart melting. Surely he has been around females in the past that he didn't melt for, so why this one?Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: five. Setting: 1311 Scotland and 1996 New York City. Copyright: 1996. Genre: time travel romance.For a listing of my reviews of other Lynn Kurland books, see my 2 star review of "Dreams of Stardust" posted on 6/23/08.

  • Cintia Aleixo
    2019-05-19 23:27

    A história é até legal..mas a execução deixa muuito a desejar. Elizabeth em 1996 sonha com Jamie em 1311, que pede que ela venha até ele com urgência. Ela um dia acorda lá em 1311, e o encontra... a urgência e os sonhos são esquecidos assim, sem mais nem menos. Elizabeth, assim como todos os personagens devem ter um QI beirando o retardo mental, com motivações dignas de uma criança de 10 anos...Fiquei desapontada, no geral passa a impressão de um casal imaginado por um adolescente, que pensa em relacionamentos sem mais experiência do que a obtida em novelões da globo....arghhh....Com a moça sentada no colo e alternando entre berros e paixão, com a heroina de cama com cólicas menstruais e o herói rezando para ela não morrer..vamos de highlander feroz a lágrimas escondidas do heroi no intervalo de uma página...Não é pra mim

  • July
    2019-05-17 16:07

    I have already been reading the De Piaget stories when I picked up this book. I loved this MacLeod Laird love story. There was lots of humor in this book. James was fearse warrior in the fourteenth century where Elizabeth finds herself from 1996. James has not had a women in his keep since his beloved mother passed on when he was a small boy. His castle is filthy and stinks and Elizabeth will whip it clean in no time. The story will take a huge turn towards the last few chapters. A very good story.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-08 15:07

    I was disappointed at the amount of suggestive material and language in this book. Too bad, because it was a cute idea....(the Heroine(who is an author)..finds herself traveling back in time and meeting the very hero she was going to write her new book about.) I have heard that many of Kurland's books are clean, and I will try again with one that has been recommended on clean reads. This book was definate PG-13 material...and the love story was lacking a bit to me. I did love some of the characters in the book though.

  • Cara
    2019-05-05 23:21

    Pretty pathetic and unbelievable characters and dialogue, even before you throw in the time travel. THe main character has a 16 year old son, and women throwing themselves at him all the time, but somehow doesn't know how to kiss?!? And the heroine oscillateds between inability to handle the smallest thing, and superpowers as if someone was throwing a switch. Also, there is a major unbelieveable plot twist at the end that makes you feel like the author hit a publisher's deadline and finished the book in a rush. Disappointing.

  • Ana M. Román
    2019-05-01 21:03

    Es la segunda vez que lo leo y me ha encantado como la primera vez. Es romántico, tierno, divertido... todo lo que pido de un libro. James MacLeod encarna el hombre de los sueños de cualquier mujer. Y el amor que le demuestra es tan tierno que roba el corazón, así como su manera de pensar tan divertida. Me ha sacado un par de carcajadas con su comportamiento y reflexiones.He disfrutado inmensamente releyendo el libro, y sin duda ninguna no será la última vez que lo lea. Es uno de mis libros favoritos.Además, no sólo tiene viajes del presente al pasado sino del pasado al presente.

  • Heather
    2019-05-09 19:28

    I love this author and love her books, but this is her first published book and it was not squeaky clean like her later novels. I don't like reading anything more than kisses in a novel, and this one definitely had more. I skipped lots of paragraphs, and wish I would have just put it down. Great story, but not clean enough for me.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-16 21:21

    Not my favorite Kurland. The story of James McLeod and Elizabeth Smith. If a man threw me in a pit, I would not be so forgiving! Not as clean as the others either and the love story just lacked something for me.

  • Kay
    2019-05-10 18:20

    This was a light time-travel/highlander romance with some humor. It was fun to read about modern day Elizabeth adjust to life in 1311 Scotland. Also, fun to read about Jamie from 1311 in 1996. I didn't feel any depth in the characters but it is a sweet romance with tame love scenes.2.5 Stars

  • Christy Stewart
    2019-04-23 21:21

    I yawned. A lot.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-07 18:27

    So god awful that negative stars would be a kindness.

  • Issa
    2019-05-23 17:24

    Unlikable hero that may be a product of his times but still a jerk, a bland heroine that channels 1950s instead of her 1990s and a very predictable storyline. Really tough to slog through.