Catriona

Catriona
by Jeanette Baker
Published 2011 by Sourcebooks
400 pages. Paperback.
Rating: 5/5

Kate Sutherland always felt out of place in brash and modern Southern California. But when she comes to her ancestral home in the Shetland Islands to seek a mystical guide who may shed light on her true heritage, Kate is plagued with visions of a life from five centuries past…. A fiery young woman of royal English blood, Catriona Wells is determined to save her family from the deadly political clashes of 15th-century Britain. But Cat’s cunning is no match for Scottish border lord Patrick MacKendrick. When this powerful warrior betroths her against her will, Cat must decide whether she dares to love him — and to trust him with lives that are more precious to her than her own.

Meanwhile Kate, whose dreams rapidly take on a reality of their own, is caught between a present-day attraction to a charming Scottish historian — and risking everything in Catriona’s dangerous world of passion and bloodshed.

There are so many elements to this book, it’s sure to appeal to many readers. It’s a nice mixture of historical romance, contemporary romance, and a little of the supernatural. It all works well together. There are two main love stories at the center of this novel. First, is the one that is slowly revealed to Kate in her dreams or visions, that of Catriona Wells and Patrick MacKendrick. Then, there is thick sexual tension between Kate and Niall, the Scottish historian she meets early in the book.

The characters have the kind of complexity that make them seem real, as if I could meet them on street. Well, maybe not Cat and Patrick, since they’re obviously from a different time. I can imagine them in their time though. The story easily switched from the present day to the past. I barely noticed the change. It also kept things interesting. I can sometimes tire after an hour or so of reading one book. That wasn’t a problem in this one because it was like reading two stories at once. But the stories could stand on their own, as well. Baker’s writing kept me engaged the whole time. Then, there’s that extra touch of the supernatural. Nothing too crazy, but just enough to give the story a little more edge. Catronia is a terrific book. Highly recommended!

Source: Pump Up Your Book
Author’s website: http://www.jeanettebaker.com/
Purchase this book: Sourcebooks | Book Depository | IndieBound

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. Seems like an immensely fascinating book. Personally, I can only read romances if they are set against a historical backdrop…too much of a single genre is almost like three slices of red velvet cake.

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