This one touches the heart, tickles the funny bone, and quickens the senses,
Undine, determined to broker some kind of reasonable peace, does the best she can with the talents she has to work with. Her potions, not quite accurate or get into the wrong hands, land people in precarious circumstances.
In the unsettled borderlands between Scotland and England in 1706, Undine, the half naiad, uses all the help she can get, even the people her potions bring to her.
The settings and potions are important only in that they help reveal the true nature and the emotional, mental, and physical actions of the people.
Michael Kent, a twenty-first century actor/director and a victim of a potion, arrives in the eighteen century just in time to help Undine at a crucial time. Neither of their lives are ever the same again.
They struggle to outmaneuver the English colonel Lord Bridgewater and his cohorts who fan the flames of the conflict between Scotland and England so they can get richer and richer and have more power. Amid all the clandestine doings and cruel actions, a precious, protective love wiggles its way into the mix. Undine and Michael’s gradual slipping into love that is sweet, sizzling, and ecstatic makes the story sparkle.
Secondary characters, Abby, Chieftess of Clan Kerr and her cohorts play significant roles in Undine’s activities. They toe a fine line as they try to help maintain a reasonable peace while all the time working to keep Scotland separated from England.
A well-written, subtle humor runs through the story that gives a delightful touch as the plot unfolds. Also, a twist in Undine’s back story is special.
Gwyn Cready’s delightful writing style makes most enjoyable reading.
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