Sword of the Highlands

Written by Veronica Wolff
Review by Troy Reed

Readers are whisked back in time in this sexy tale set in the Scottish Highlands. Magdalen Deacon, a curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, leads a lonely, isolated life consisting of nothing but work ever since her brother tragically died. One evening while cleaning a painting for a show of Scottish pastoral works, she comes across a stunningly beautiful portrait of James Graham, First Marquis of Montrose. Reaching up to caress the portrait’s face, Magda is pulled back in time to the 17th century and finds herself waking up in Graham’s bed.

Magda soon learns that James is a Scottish nobleman who initially sided with the Covenanters but is now a Royalist supporting King Charles I leading up to the English Civil War. What ensues is a novel containing Scottish battles, acts of heroism, and intense passion that develops between Magda and James. As her feelings for Graham grow, Magda questions whether she should give up her comfortable safe life in 21st century Manhattan or give in to her heart’s desire and stay in 17th century Scotland, a time and place of uncertainty, with the man she loves. A pleasing time travel romance that is sure to delight.