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The Ruby Brooch

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Author: Katherine Lowry Logan

Published: 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Format: Paperback , 414 pages

Isbn: 9781475266221

Language: English


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Can a 21st century paramedic find her true identity on the other side of the heather-scented mist? From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga rich in detail and mystery, follows a young woman’s physical and emotional journey as she searches for the truth she believes will heal her wounds, resto Can a 21st century paramedic find her true identity on the other side of the heather-scented mist? From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga rich in detail and mystery, follows a young woman’s physical and emotional journey as she searches for the truth she believes will heal her wounds, restore her sense of self, and allow her to move on with her life. As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned on her father’s doorstep as a baby. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a nineteenth-century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers. Following notes in her late father’s journal, Kit sets out on a quest to solve the murders of her birth parents and discover her true identity. Under the guise of the Widow MacKlenna, Kit calls on the power of the ruby brooch and is swept back in time to Independence, Missouri, in the year 1852. Upon arriving in the past, she meets Cullen Montgomery, an egotistical Scotsman with a penchant for seducing widows. The San Francisco-bound lawyer happens to resemble the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. She quickly finds the Bach-humming, Shakespeare-quoting man to be over-bearing and his intolerance for liars threatens her quest. If she can survive his accusations and resist his tempting and passionate embrace, she might be able to find the answers she seeks and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time

30 review for The Ruby Brooch

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Weak and silly... *minor spoilers* If I I make it to the 65% mark in a book I usually finish it. The Ruby Brooch will be the exception. My very first time travel romance was Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I won't say that ruined me for all others but it did set a bit of a standard for setting up the time travel premise and having the time traveler cope with and adapt to the time to which he or she has traveled. DG does it quite well by having her heroine Claire Randall flung backward to the m Weak and silly... *minor spoilers* If I I make it to the 65% mark in a book I usually finish it. The Ruby Brooch will be the exception. My very first time travel romance was Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I won't say that ruined me for all others but it did set a bit of a standard for setting up the time travel premise and having the time traveler cope with and adapt to the time to which he or she has traveled. DG does it quite well by having her heroine Claire Randall flung backward to the mid-18th century and having to rely on her wits and common sense to navigate and make a life in the alien and often hostile environment of the Scottish Highlands at a time of great upheaval. DG does a creditable job of taking a fantastic premise and making it believable and absorbing. Unfortunately, Ms. Logan and the Ruby Brooch cannot claim the same. Instead of her wits, our heroine relies on the trappings of the 21st century: flashlights, multi clip repeating rifles and handguns, modern medicines including IVs and Tylenol, her iPhone, iPod and the straw that broke this readers back: a modern pregnancy test. Her efforts to hide her "other worldliness" was perfunctory at best. As far a characterization is concerned, I found it to be uneven and often contradictory. Both Kitherina and Cullen, our main protagonists cycle through emotions with alarming unpredictability and often without real explanation or provocation. Some of the secondary characterizations are quite good especially that of Sarah Barrett. I really like her more than Kitherina. As far as Cullen is concerned, he is supposed to be a Highlander (seems to be requisite in time travel novels), but speaks English with very little Scottish influence showing in his speech except when he is engaged sexually with Kitherina. It was infrequent enough to feel affected rather than illustrative of his character. The great western migration was a fascinating period in American history but very little of the history of that time is incorporated into the story. While DG may occasionally be criticized for her massive research and how it shows up in her book as very detailed description, Ms. Logan might be criticized for not enough. This reader got only the barest sense of what life on the trail was like. My knowledge of U.S. History reminds me that it was a grueling, monotonous, dangerous journey and not enough of that figures into the story. Bottom line: Given the setting this could have been a terrifically engaging read but is instead, shallow and silly. Give this one a pass.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eryn LaPlant

    I finished this book last night. WOW! Just wow! I absolutely loved it. I love the author's voice, love the development of the characters, loved the plot and story. All of it was SO good! I've been reading a lot of books lately, now that I've been opened up to a bunch of new authors, and some are ok, some are bad and only a couple have been outstanding. Katherine was outstanding! She now has a life-long fan. Ok, let's talk characters. Kit was just adorable, sensitive yet strong, determined yet lov I finished this book last night. WOW! Just wow! I absolutely loved it. I love the author's voice, love the development of the characters, loved the plot and story. All of it was SO good! I've been reading a lot of books lately, now that I've been opened up to a bunch of new authors, and some are ok, some are bad and only a couple have been outstanding. Katherine was outstanding! She now has a life-long fan. Ok, let's talk characters. Kit was just adorable, sensitive yet strong, determined yet loving... I felt for her, I wanted to be her, I wept for her. Excellent job! Cullen - LOVED him!! He's smart, poetic, deep, thoughtful, strong, husky, sexy.... he's the perfect hero. All the secondary characters were wonderful too. I felt like I was friends with them just like Kit was. I hope in the next story she'll bring back the Barrett family. I know I'm gushing, but I can't help it. I truly enjoyed your book from the first page to the last. I was so sad to finish it last night. I want it to be a movie! I read ahead to some of the other comments on this site and I can't believe there are 1-star reviews. They really must not have been reading the same book I did, because I am darn picky about the books I read and only dive into the ones that I can actually feel inside my soul. I felt this one... it took hold and I know I will carry it with me for a long time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Siegert

    This book is not great. There is no depth to it at all. I was able to finish it because the heroine was like able, but I was happy it was over. Outlander puts this book to shame.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    A very modern, tough girl learns upon her fathers death that she is able to time travel and chooses to go back to 1861 to find her roots. While she is on a treck through the Midwest in route to Oregon she learns how difficult and fragile life was then and against all her defenses falls in love. I enjoyed the main characters story and the history. The author did a good job showing how brutal and rugged trail travel could be back in that day.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ever

    I am a total sucker for time travel all around, and this book started out strong. There was a plausible reason why the protagonist should be perfectly prepared to survive in the pioneer days, one that didn't even make me think it was an excuse. The descriptions of pioneer times was really interesting, especially all the detail on the Oregon trail headed west. The author did a great job at detailing the precariousness of life on the trail and how easily simple things could lead to death. There was s I am a total sucker for time travel all around, and this book started out strong. There was a plausible reason why the protagonist should be perfectly prepared to survive in the pioneer days, one that didn't even make me think it was an excuse. The descriptions of pioneer times was really interesting, especially all the detail on the Oregon trail headed west. The author did a great job at detailing the precariousness of life on the trail and how easily simple things could lead to death. There was some confusing time mechanics, especially at the end, and the heroine was way too perfect - she could shoot, sing, paint, draw, and ride a horse like a jockey. Plus she was beautiful and had crap-tons of money, so I kind of found it hard to sympathize with her. Poor perfect rich girl. (view spoiler)[ The instance of sexual assault detailed in her backstory was kind of... out of place? She didn't seem the least bit skiddish around men and I found that part harder to believe then the rest. (hide spoiler)] All the men in the story treated her like a daughter - the main exception being the love interest. It was kind of unrealistic, to say the least and all the male characters started to blend together personality-wise. (view spoiler)[ And I have a real pet peeve about protagonists in time travel stories choosing to live in the past like they forgot about penicillin and toothpaste and flush toilets. I really can't connect with that kind of decision. Especially in this case when the main character, Kit, was giving up her family's multi-million dollar horse farm - the one GENERATIONS of her family have spent their life building - to go live with her lawyer husband in 18th century San Fransisco. This is not only a terrible idea, but also kind of a slap in the face to all her ancestors who worked so hard building that life for her. Her husband was even willing to go to her time, so her decision to stay - explained only by a vague feeling that this was the right time for her - was pretty baffling. (hide spoiler)] The last three chapters of the book could have been summed up in a paragraph and were kind of hard to get through because the conflict had already been resolved. Overall, it was a fun book and I enjoyed it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Artemiz

    I really wanted to like Katherine Lowry Logan's book The Ruby Brooch, I really did, since I had heard so much good about it ... but I couldn't. For me there where several things that prevented me to like the story. First, for me this story was Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series fan-fiction. I will not make here a list of all the things that where the same, it's sufficient to say, that a girl with a medical training travels to past and meet a highlander, who has shown himself as a ghost in her time I really wanted to like Katherine Lowry Logan's book The Ruby Brooch, I really did, since I had heard so much good about it ... but I couldn't. For me there where several things that prevented me to like the story. First, for me this story was Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series fan-fiction. I will not make here a list of all the things that where the same, it's sufficient to say, that a girl with a medical training travels to past and meet a highlander, who has shown himself as a ghost in her time, she falls in love with him and marries him in haste ... and so on. The other thing that really got to my nerves was how everything bad that could happen happened in this story - car crash, almost rape, rattlesnakes, buffalo stampede, almost flash flood, mortal deceases, robbers .... And how Kit brings things from twenty-first century to nineteenth century with such an ease and uses them without scare that she could change things in future with her modern day knickknacks. And how everything important happens on just the right moment and how at the end the story is wrapped up with too much convenient coincidences. I know I'm reading a fiction but even the fiction could be believable if its well written. And the main thing that spoiled my reading was the love story. Or to be precise the lack of the romance and passion and heat in this love story. Besides their thinking or saying that they loved each other or could not live with out each other, I got no other impression that there was love in the air. They fought, they misunderstood each other, they wanted each other's bodies, but I had hard time believing that there was something between these two ... I actually sensed more feelings between Kit and her cousin, than between Kit and Cullen. The story has a good idea, it just was not very well executed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    I absolutely loved this book. It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and paranormal time-travel. And how could you not love a book that has a Golden Retriever and a cat in it! The voice of the main character, Kit, it fantastic. I was rooting for her the whole time, although she did act dumb a couple of times. The historical fiction part of the story involves traveling the Oregon Trail in 1852. The author did a lot of research on this and did a great job of making us feel like we wer I absolutely loved this book. It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and paranormal time-travel. And how could you not love a book that has a Golden Retriever and a cat in it! The voice of the main character, Kit, it fantastic. I was rooting for her the whole time, although she did act dumb a couple of times. The historical fiction part of the story involves traveling the Oregon Trail in 1852. The author did a lot of research on this and did a great job of making us feel like we were traveling along with the wagon train. It also reminded me of the old computer game Oregon Trail which I used to play with our grandkids, lots of fun. I'll be starting on the next book soon and I hope we meet some of these same characters is the next books. There are still lots of things we don't know about them and their lives.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Corri

    I quit reading this book as soon as I realized the actual story was just a vehicle to write a lot of sex scenes. I'm only writing this review ro warn others,like me, who don't appreciate that much graphic description. Don't get me wrong, I love a good historical romance. This did not fit that category for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Westward Ho! With A Twist (Audiobook) The Ruby Brooch is the first book of the Celtic Brooch Trilogy (plus) written by Katherine Lowry Logan and narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. A modern, self-assured, accomplished and sadden woman, Kitherina (Kit) MacKlenna has her world blown apart with the death of her parents and love interest, discovery that she is probably not a MacKlenna by birth, and the possibility that her actual origins might lie back in 1842 and a trek along the Oregon Trail. So begins th Westward Ho! With A Twist (Audiobook) The Ruby Brooch is the first book of the Celtic Brooch Trilogy (plus) written by Katherine Lowry Logan and narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. A modern, self-assured, accomplished and sadden woman, Kitherina (Kit) MacKlenna has her world blown apart with the death of her parents and love interest, discovery that she is probably not a MacKlenna by birth, and the possibility that her actual origins might lie back in 1842 and a trek along the Oregon Trail. So begins the wonderful historical hop. Many might remember playing or watching their children playing the Oregon Trail computer game as it was, and may still be, a computer lab staple in the 80s and 90s. In the game you are a pioneer wending your way along the 2,170 mile route, encountering major landmarks, and enduring the rigors and mishaps common at the time. The Ruby Brooch covers all this and much more including a little magic, daily life of a pioneer, action, discovery of self and finding love. The book is beautifully written with entertaining and endearing characters. Both Kit and Cullen Montgomery are headstrong, sure of themselves, dedicated, passionate and neither are looking for love. Enter stage right: the Ruby Brooch. Teri Schnaubelt is again outstanding. She gives each character a unique sound and personality and is exceptional at the men’s voices and inflections. Her narration made me feel like a participant in the journey. I actually read this book twice in a week. The first time I read the first four books in order and then re-read The Ruby Brooch. It was enlightening to see the foreshadowing Ms Logan has embedded in this and the others in the series. I eagerly await the next books in the series. This audiobook was provided in exchange for an unbiased review. It was truly a delight to review this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    3 The Ruby Brooch Stars This is why I like book club, this is NOT a book I would have picked up on my own because time-travel is not my thing. And I am not a big fan of historical anything because sometimes the words confuse me and I am woman enough to say that. That being said there were a lot of things I like about this book and there were a lot of things I am still clueless about. I would say it took a few chapters for me to identify with which character was which. I think because you kind of 3 The Ruby Brooch Stars This is why I like book club, this is NOT a book I would have picked up on my own because time-travel is not my thing. And I am not a big fan of historical anything because sometimes the words confuse me and I am woman enough to say that. That being said there were a lot of things I like about this book and there were a lot of things I am still clueless about. I would say it took a few chapters for me to identify with which character was which. I think because you kind of get thrown into the book and not really introduces. I like Kit and how she was in this century then we were off to the 1800’s and I was completely lost took me a bit to get used to all the characters. But once I did I like the story of this group going together. You really get to see the connection they all make and Kit and Cullen coming together. Thought I will say I wasn’t a fan of insta-love and then it said 10 weeks so I am still confused it felt like days not weeks. But overall I really liked where they were going. (view spoiler)[ I know it wasn’t part of the story and Cullen was fine with his lot in life. But I think it totally would have been cool if he went to her era. But I get why they didn’t in the end she was meant to be in the 1800’s. But I still think that would have been soo cool. (hide spoiler)] I loved the narration, not only does Teri Schnaubelt do great with accents but she made it easy to follow along. I think if she had been any other narrator I wouldn’t have continued because for me it was a book I really had to concentrate to follow. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I liked the concept of this book however, the execution left a lot to be desired. As you know by now, the plot involves the heroine traveling back in time. What kept me from getting truly involved in the story is that she travels back in time with a 19th century wagon full of 21st century items: a CVS worth of drugs and first aid supplies, an iPod and headphones, a digital camera, liquor, guns, and so on. And she really doesn't make a huge effort to hide this from the 19th century characters nor I liked the concept of this book however, the execution left a lot to be desired. As you know by now, the plot involves the heroine traveling back in time. What kept me from getting truly involved in the story is that she travels back in time with a 19th century wagon full of 21st century items: a CVS worth of drugs and first aid supplies, an iPod and headphones, a digital camera, liquor, guns, and so on. And she really doesn't make a huge effort to hide this from the 19th century characters nor are there timeline consequences for them finding out about these things. Second of all was the sheer number of talents the heroine had. One line of the book mentioned a picture of her riding in the World Equestrian Games. Being involved in the horse world, I can tell you that the amount of time needed to train, prepare and ride successfully in the WEG pretty much precludes you from doing or learning all the other things the heroine could do: a brown belt in karate, being an EMT, and expert artist, historical reenactments - all very much time consuming hobbies/careers in and of themselves. I think good time travel fantasy characters and stories need to feel as if they could really happen - and these sorts of issues just kick me right out of the story and unsuspend, if you will, my disbelief.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    2.5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    THE RUBY BROOCH is Historical Romance that starts off in modern day but quickly go back to the Pioneer days in Independence Missouri. Kit MacKlenna makes a life changing discovery after her parents are killed in a crash that has her using an old Celtic Brooch to continue her father's journey into the past to figure out where she came from. Kit is a strong women with twenty-first century mentality that she carrier over into the nineteenth century. She obviously stands out from the normal subdued THE RUBY BROOCH is Historical Romance that starts off in modern day but quickly go back to the Pioneer days in Independence Missouri. Kit MacKlenna makes a life changing discovery after her parents are killed in a crash that has her using an old Celtic Brooch to continue her father's journey into the past to figure out where she came from. Kit is a strong women with twenty-first century mentality that she carrier over into the nineteenth century. She obviously stands out from the normal subdued and complaint Pioneer Wife. Which quickly catches the attention of Cullen Montgomery, who throws out Shakespeare quotes and can hum any Bach song. The plot is a little slow to get going, there are a lot of hidden secret that don't really unfold until the last hundred pages or so, that sometimes had me wishing that there was a bit MORE to go on. It seems like it's very easy for Kit to loose track of what purpose she has in the nineteenth century. She has a goal but as soon as she hits it she's almost lost in a love stage with Cullen. Kit often uses twentieth and twenty-first century ideals and technology, which seemed like an easy way out every time she would use them. The historical aspects of the story don't play that much of a part in the book, save for what it was like on the Oregon Trail and the hardships. It's mostly the future history that Kit touches upon, often misusing a title, for someone's future one. While I seem to have some qualms about the book, it was an enjoyable read. The characters of Kit and Cullen are wonderfully written and both come alive together. They have a natural chemistry that allows them to grow with each other, and be able to use each other. Their romance is sweet, though Kit often reacts boldly for the virgin she is.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi Marie ☆★Audiobook Addict★☆

    🎧 Audio Review 🎧 This book is a little hard for me to give a rating because there was so much I loved about it and a few things I didn't. This is only my second time-travel story and I wasn't sure if I was going to love this one when it started because honestly I don't know a lot about this era or the Oregon Trail. In the very beginning I found myself a little lost with who is who and the Scottish accent was throwing me off because for some reason I was having a hard time tying in the Scottish ch 🎧 Audio Review 🎧 This book is a little hard for me to give a rating because there was so much I loved about it and a few things I didn't. This is only my second time-travel story and I wasn't sure if I was going to love this one when it started because honestly I don't know a lot about this era or the Oregon Trail. In the very beginning I found myself a little lost with who is who and the Scottish accent was throwing me off because for some reason I was having a hard time tying in the Scottish characters with the wagon trail. But once I got past that I really enjoyed the story, I love the idea that a women from now can baffle them with modern things, things that make her exciting to them and a bit of a hero. Then I went back to being lost about who was who in Missouri 1800's. Maybe it was the amount of characters, I don't really know but I had to pay very close attention to this audiobook or I felt a little confused. That being said, I loved Kit & Cullen's relationship from the beginning but I could have done without feeling like it was quick, a bit of insta-love. I also loved that in the end of this book I didn't feel like I didn't get the whole story. I know there are more books but this doesn't leave off with a cliffhanger and I was only left with a few questions. I can see this series getting better and better for sure! The narration was fabulous! Teri Schnaubelt did an excellent job with the accents and switching back and forth between the characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leserling /Belana

    This book was given to me at no cost, by a generous acquaintance. Let me start with the narrator for a change: I've listened to Teri Schnaubelt before, so I was quite excited to find out that she narrated a series of historical fiction I'd been sneaking around for a while now, and I spontaneously decided that now was the time to read/listen to the series. I wasn't disappointed. Once again, Teri does an excellent job with the narration: characters, dialects, moods -- all perfectly delivered, making This book was given to me at no cost, by a generous acquaintance. Let me start with the narrator for a change: I've listened to Teri Schnaubelt before, so I was quite excited to find out that she narrated a series of historical fiction I'd been sneaking around for a while now, and I spontaneously decided that now was the time to read/listen to the series. I wasn't disappointed. Once again, Teri does an excellent job with the narration: characters, dialects, moods -- all perfectly delivered, making it possible to immerse myself in the story. And the story is great! True, in parts it reminds me of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, but it is very different. The story is set in North America of today, and North America of the 1850s, and we trek along the Oregon trail. Not being American, I have little knowledge of that time period, or of the geography. However, this book inspired me to look it up, to search for photos of the described landmarks, etc. So, not only was I being entertained by an adorably well narrated and thought-out story, but I learned something new into the bargain. It's probably one of the reasons why I love historical fiction, and I can't wait to listen to the second book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Berry

    The Ruby Brooch was hard to put down, and definitely rates five stars. The main characters, Kit MacKlenna (from the 21st century) and Cullen Montgomery (from the 19th century) were both portrayed deeply and realistically, with hopes, dreams and flaws. I liked the way the story began at a quick pace and was nicely paced throughout with twists and events that kept me turning the pages and reading late into the night. The story is told partly in the current time and partly in the mid 19th century, a The Ruby Brooch was hard to put down, and definitely rates five stars. The main characters, Kit MacKlenna (from the 21st century) and Cullen Montgomery (from the 19th century) were both portrayed deeply and realistically, with hopes, dreams and flaws. I liked the way the story began at a quick pace and was nicely paced throughout with twists and events that kept me turning the pages and reading late into the night. The story is told partly in the current time and partly in the mid 19th century, and I especially liked the historical parts, relating the story of a wagon train trek across America, which Kit goes back in time to join, so she can try to find answers to the questions she has about her own identity and her real parents. This showed the trials and dangers of such a journey really well. The author also showed she knows a lot about and has an affinity with horses. This was the first of a trilogy, and I'd definitely like to read the others. Overall, it's a very pleasing, engaging, intriguing and at times heart-wrenching story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Re-reading the entire series again. Okay, here goes the FOURTH read! Bliss! Okay, the fourth time is just as wonderful as the first time! This is a series that is a must read for me every couple of years. This is the book that began the "Celtic Brooch" series and it is definitely one of the best time travel romance series out there. This book was simply AWESOME! I highly encourage anyone who loves time travel, romance, page-turning adventures, heart stopping mysteries with a delightful Celtic fla Re-reading the entire series again. Okay, here goes the FOURTH read! Bliss! Okay, the fourth time is just as wonderful as the first time! This is a series that is a must read for me every couple of years. This is the book that began the "Celtic Brooch" series and it is definitely one of the best time travel romance series out there. This book was simply AWESOME! I highly encourage anyone who loves time travel, romance, page-turning adventures, heart stopping mysteries with a delightful Celtic flavor to pick up this book. Even if you don't hanker for these types of books, pick it up anyway. It is a fantastic story that you won't be able to put down. Make sure you have some tissues handy and time on your hands because you will be enthralled. The two characters in this book, and the other characters that support the story, all play key, significant roles in the following books and are the basis for the entire series. It is a FABULOUS series! I just love it! Yep, sheer bliss!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn Waychoff

    The book started out interesting, the story line was intriguing and the characters held promise. Then... Then it fell into the same old routine rut of all romances - the scarred, broken girl meets the rough, unapproachable man and they break each other and fall in love. The romance seemed rushed and forced, the intimate scenes overly descriptive - I like when authors use the idea of an action or the senses rather than graphic detail of certain acts. I feel like the author wanted to write a roman The book started out interesting, the story line was intriguing and the characters held promise. Then... Then it fell into the same old routine rut of all romances - the scarred, broken girl meets the rough, unapproachable man and they break each other and fall in love. The romance seemed rushed and forced, the intimate scenes overly descriptive - I like when authors use the idea of an action or the senses rather than graphic detail of certain acts. I feel like the author wanted to write a romance and also write a historical novel, and in the end decided she would mash them together, with not the best results. The dialogue was very sophomoric and forced in some scenes as well. I wanted to like the book, but overall it disappointed me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan Miller

    I loved this book! Typically I do not listen to time travel romances, but I am so glad that I listened to this one. The narrator did a fantastic job with the various voices and accents and characters. I found this story totally captivated me and it is a complete listen. I am hooked on the story of Katerina and the Ruby Brooch. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Some aspects of the story were a little unbelievable, but remember it's fiction. I loved the fact that Kat was such a I loved this book! Typically I do not listen to time travel romances, but I am so glad that I listened to this one. The narrator did a fantastic job with the various voices and accents and characters. I found this story totally captivated me and it is a complete listen. I am hooked on the story of Katerina and the Ruby Brooch. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Some aspects of the story were a little unbelievable, but remember it's fiction. I loved the fact that Kat was such a strong and smart character. She was resourceful and wanted to find her family. I will listen to this book again and thought it was worth a credit. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mich Must Read

    I got hooked into the words....highlander and time travel with a magical ruby thingamabob. I thought it would be but I got I got hooked into the words....highlander and time travel with a magical ruby thingamabob. I thought it would be but I got

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shirl

    Wow! What a book! I thought at the first it might be just a regular story, was I ever wrong. This story took off and didn't stop till the very last word. It is full of growing excitement, twist turns, surprises and full of romance and love. It will make you laugh, cry and tug at your heart. Great writing great read. I am looking forward to reading more of this authors books in the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A reviewer compared the writing in this book to Susanna Kearsley. Don't be fooled. The time travel premise was believable but the plot was not. The author relied on sex scenes to convey romance. I found Kit to be cheap and annoying! She was too perfect and I couldn't identify with any of her emotions or traits. I would not recommend this book and won't read the others in the trilogy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First if you clicked this to see why I don't like it to see if you'll like it: if you liked Outlander and that series and the Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning I seriously doubt you'd like this, but just a fair warning. Kitheryna MacKlenna... Things that would be fine if it was just two or three of them: -Knowing Karate -Knowing a lot about Classical music -Being able to do caricatures as well as drawing accurately -Apparently painting too -Square dancing -Being an EMT -Apparently winning some hor First if you clicked this to see why I don't like it to see if you'll like it: if you liked Outlander and that series and the Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning I seriously doubt you'd like this, but just a fair warning. Kitheryna MacKlenna... Things that would be fine if it was just two or three of them: -Knowing Karate -Knowing a lot about Classical music -Being able to do caricatures as well as drawing accurately -Apparently painting too -Square dancing -Being an EMT -Apparently winning some horse-racing award (I understand this takes a lot of time and practice, for one thing) -Plays guitar and improvs child-safety lyrics to the tune of Yankee Doodle off-the-cuff -Is an heiress -had a fiance in the 21st century, was still a virgin for Cullen (at 25) It’s apparent it’s KLL who didn’t do much historical research. “Don’t get your bloomers in a bunch” …seriously? The most common error for historical fiction (time travel included) seems to be mistakes about underwear and idiomatic changes, both of which are really easily researched. Another example is her removing her dog’s flea collar. She’ll show off her modern medicine and devices but thinks that the 1850s people cannot comprehend putting a collar around a dog’s neck? (They wouldn’t have to know it’s a flea collar, and the notion of a flea collar doesn’t seem that far fetched.) I mean I think KLL googled whenever flea collars were invented and went with that instead of figuring out how people treated dogs back in the 1850s. Kit on the other hand, well, she’s inconsistent and un-relateable. Her only flaw seems to be that she that she is fool hardy and also broken up about the Scott guy who died before the story starts. You need disadvantages to have tension. You need tension to have stakes in the story. Sure I’ll go into something like a romance thinking the main couple might/probably will end up HEA, but a good one will keep you wondering. KLL kind of threw some obstacles out half-heartedly. Some reviewers say it’s a vehicle for sex, and yeah I see that, and that seems like what it is. I’ve honestly read fanfiction that seemed more relateable and worthy of reading. Though I’m spoiled by Diana Gabaldon. It’s apparent she at least tries and does plenty of research. It’s not fair to compare KLL to DG, not really, but anyone who has read Outlander (and the rest of the books) can’t help but do it, given it’s time travel historical romance. I’ve read others in the genre and this is the only one that just has me going, ‘is this author really doing this?’ The problem isn’t entirely the history either. It’s that it’s not that enticing because the main character is overpowered and falls into the old romance novel trope of having some cringey unique name which is something that can be looked over if the story was worthwhile or the character was likeable. With the wagon-load of stuff from the twenty-first century it never feels like the stakes are raised and it seems like KLL didn’t really bother to sit down and think about what a modern woman would bring to the 19th century knowing ahead of time she was only going to be there for a few weeks/months with the intention of finding her birth parents, like Kit is trying to do. Bringing a pregnancy kit only serves the plot, and it does not serve the plot in any sensible way. It takes you out of it and judging by the reviews it’s the breaking point for a bunch of readers. Wet wipes kind of take me out of it. What is she going to do? It’s not like there’s a trashcan and trash service, and she can’t really just throw them into a river or something. Let’s not ignore the fact that washing oneself with a wet wipe is kind of gross to begin with – forgoing the anachronistic wet wipes in favor of figuring out how to boil water to clean herself would have been more believable (and possibly problem-causing as everyone would wonder why the hell she wastes so much water on it as they are pre-Germ theory.) There should have been some consequence to balance out all of the things he brought, and frankly to balance out all of her unlikely combination of skills. Time travel historical romances are supposed to be a fish out of water story and the hero or heroine (whoever’s put at the disadvantage, usually the one travelling in time) surviving by their wits. Kit barely tries to hide anything from the 19th century people. She’ll curse, drink, and frankly show off without much regard for what might happen. She doesn’t even seem real in the 21st century setting because of the fact that she’s 25 and is an expert at all of these things that make her so useful in the 19th century. I read one (not Outlander) that was a Scottish time travel romance and the heroine was an expert in EMT type of stuff and she had some kind of military-ish job, but it fit together because she didn't have like five other things she was good at too. It would have probably been better if KLL didn’t try to give us Cullen’s point of view. Doing that would require more research about 19th century life and it’s apparently KLL has a cursory understanding of it, and doesn’t follow through with that much danger. There are a number of times that KLL could have balanced things out by taking some power away from Kit, but it comes off like Kit’s some precious Mary Sue that has the deck stacked in her favor, with some cards, metaphorically speaking, removed in order to give the illusion of a problem. The simple fact is that Kit is ridiculous. (E.g. If she was just an EMT with karate skills, or maybe just an artist who knew how to play the guitar, or just really good at raising/riding horses and one of the other skills she’d be more believable.) Hell, Kit doesn’t even have to give up her beloved pet cat or dog on this mission of hers either. The heroine Is problematic, but we can’t forget our hero. Cullen is more believable as a 19th century man, but it’s a little weird because he’s Highlander enough to kind of have an accent sometimes but he also comes from a rich family and is a Harvard-educated lawyer with family and/or prospects in San Francisco. I would question it a lot less if he was a child of Scottish immigrants (i.e. American.) It’s not completely unbelievable that he’s from Scotland and everything but the why of it seems weird with everything else involved. Can there be a historical romance time travel novel that doesn’t involve Highlanders? I think I’m spoiled by books like Outlander. If this were in the slightest more realistic something bad would have happened to one or more of her pets and/or she would’ve been robbed of her 21st century luxuries. If you can make it past the 64% pregnancy test reveal the ending isn’t so bad. I now actually kind of want to know what happens with the other brooches, but I will not buy them. So if I ever see them at the library I might subject myself to the others and see if the author improves. I mean seriously she has to have realized how unbalanced this one was. Oh and who was Heather Marie Murray? Besides the most 1970s/80s-ish named 1850s missing baby, I guess she was just a handy MacGuffin It was an interesting contrast to the other time travel romances I've read, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I listened to the audio version of this book. I really thought the premise of the book was pretty cool--a current day paramedic going back in time to try to find out who her parents were. Some of the particulars of the book would be a little hard to swallow if you wanted to pick it apart (she time travels with a wagon full of present day supplies plus her cat, dog and horse), but I chose to just go with the flow and enjoy the story. The one thing I found really hard to ignore, however, was the t I listened to the audio version of this book. I really thought the premise of the book was pretty cool--a current day paramedic going back in time to try to find out who her parents were. Some of the particulars of the book would be a little hard to swallow if you wanted to pick it apart (she time travels with a wagon full of present day supplies plus her cat, dog and horse), but I chose to just go with the flow and enjoy the story. The one thing I found really hard to ignore, however, was the time difference. Kit grandfather dies in 1852. How can she be of child bearing age in 2012? The highlight was the faith and belief Cullen had in Kit and the love they had for each other that crossed the ages. Something that really enhanced the story was the narration by Teri Schnaubelt. Her natural voice is very pleasant to listen to and the brogue was great!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly-Dawn Quinn

    I read a couple of these books in the series out of order. Possibly because of that, I am very glad that I didn’t start at book one. These are strong women as the series moves forward. That is NOT conveyed in a way I could identify with at all. Who hasn’t fantasized about going back in time? In the same vein, it’s like someone forgot to give this intelligent woman the time traveler’s manual. Her reliance on modern technology way too often left me disappointed and wanting better. Just so you know I read a couple of these books in the series out of order. Possibly because of that, I am very glad that I didn’t start at book one. These are strong women as the series moves forward. That is NOT conveyed in a way I could identify with at all. Who hasn’t fantasized about going back in time? In the same vein, it’s like someone forgot to give this intelligent woman the time traveler’s manual. Her reliance on modern technology way too often left me disappointed and wanting better. Just so you know—other books do showcase the women (and men) in a much better light. I’m very ambivalent about this book kicking off an otherwise interesting series. I’d check the reviews and maybe read every other book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Juliette

    ***read audiobook ***received free copy in exchange for honest review This was a very unique story. It had time travel, adventure, history, humor and a love story that spans 2 centuries. This book was a lot of fun, and I plan on listening to the next one for sure. If you like some sci-fi with your romance, you won't be disappointed. Terri Schnaubelt did a great job narrating. I really loved her Scottish accent. I would absolutely listen to more books narrated by her. Happy reading!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I bought this as an audiobook for a long car ride. It was so horrible, I decided listening to Spanish Radio (I don't speak Spanish) infinitely preferable. Audible suggested the book because I have listened to and enjoyed Susanna Kearsley's and Diana Gabaldon's stories, and it came with primarily 5-star reviews on Audible, Amazon, and goodreads; a fact I find mind-boggling. I have never returned a book to Audible as unreadable before, but this book was terrible. If you're a person who enjoys histo I bought this as an audiobook for a long car ride. It was so horrible, I decided listening to Spanish Radio (I don't speak Spanish) infinitely preferable. Audible suggested the book because I have listened to and enjoyed Susanna Kearsley's and Diana Gabaldon's stories, and it came with primarily 5-star reviews on Audible, Amazon, and goodreads; a fact I find mind-boggling. I have never returned a book to Audible as unreadable before, but this book was terrible. If you're a person who enjoys historical fiction because you're interested in the time period the story takes place in, you will be sorely disappointed in this book. The writer clearly did very little research, either about the history of the period, or about the conditions faced by various classes of people during this time. The book is poorly edited, both for basic grammar and construction, and for plausibility and continuity. I knew this was a time travel story going in –I like time travel– but this story has no logic, the history is almost non-existent, and the characters feel completely manufactured. They are all cookie cutter: the wounded, brave heroine; the shadowed, devastatingly handsome hero; the crusty heart-of-gold sidekick: the vulnerable child who reminds the heroine of her self, etc. They all exist to reflect the heroine's perfection/kindness/loveableness/desireability. There is no feeling of the time, no sense of the peril a woman would have encountered, and no realistic reaction from any of the characters to a woman so completely unable to tone down her modernity, either in her behavior or in seriously concealing the enormous stash of 21st century goods she brings with her. To make it worse, in the audiobook, the narrator butchers the Scots accents of two of the characters beyond recognition, rendering them in stereotyped Irish brogue. The rest of the character accents are less bad, but none of them are good. The narrator also reads the syntax and grammar errors as is. The thing that ruined this book beyond redemption is that the main character is a flaming marysue- she is beautiful, she is filthy rich, she can do everything: her EMT training leaves her able to instantly diagnose and treat cholera and a host of other maladies that would more likely require a medical degree . She is an expert horseman, a crack shot (with an armory at her disposal), a martial artist , an amazing swimmer, and able to sway the men of the 1850s with her amazing arguments, no matter how much she disregards the mores and rules of the time. She has brought her 21st century digital toys with her, and finds they all work in the 19th century, and always when she needs them most. She is supposedly an experienced historical re-enactment player, yet she brings no period underwear. The lead character makes several references to the need not to pollute the past with her knowledge of the future, and she had not revealed anything substantial at the point I abandoned the book, but her behavior in entering into this different society would make anyone with any cultural sensitivity cringe. This might have been an interesting part of the story, except that the writer takes pains to tell us that the lead character, perfect in all ways, has excellent understanding of the time and the customs. Instead, we get a book where the interactions between characters are forced, conflicts are resolved not because the involved characters work them out, but because the resolution suits the author's purpose. The idea for the story is interesting, but when told with every bad romance trope, poorly drawn characters and only a passing nod to history, and with a plot that is more a fanfiction mashup than original idea, the result is thoroughly disappointing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Simon Okill

    I did not know what to expect as I began reading this book, but the more I read the more hooked I became with Kit Macklenna’s need to discover her true identity. All her life, Kit has seen a ghost hovering around the family grave at The Macklenna Farm. Who is he and what does he want? After her parents die in a car crash, Kit rummages through their effects only to discover they were not her parents. She was left on their doorstep in a bundle of bloody rags. The mystery deepens when kit finds an I did not know what to expect as I began reading this book, but the more I read the more hooked I became with Kit Macklenna’s need to discover her true identity. All her life, Kit has seen a ghost hovering around the family grave at The Macklenna Farm. Who is he and what does he want? After her parents die in a car crash, Kit rummages through their effects only to discover they were not her parents. She was left on their doorstep in a bundle of bloody rags. The mystery deepens when kit finds an ancient Celtic brooch with an inscription and a child’s journal that survived the Oregon wagon trail of 1852 that implies her parents were murdered on the trail. Kit’s research convinces her she must use the brooch to travel back in time and solve her own life mystery and also save everyone’s lives on that arduous trip. She prepares a wagon with a team of oxen laiden with today’s medicines, firearms, technology, food, water and gold. With her horse tethered to the wagon, her dog and cat hop on board as she recites the Celtic inscription. Kit’s wagon is now in Independence, Missouri 1852. Her amazing adventure is about to start, but is thwarted by a handsome man, Cullen who will not allow women to travel alone. Kit is immediately attracted to Cullen. Is he the ghost of Macklenna Farm? Kit’s stubbornness wins the day and off to Oregon she goes with the vast wagon train. The journey is fraught with many dangers, floods, wide river crossings, steep drops, stampeding buffalo, bandits, snakes, but most of all, Kit is frightened of being declared a witch if her purpose is discovered. What Kit never expected was to fall in love, but can she share that love with a man from a different century? Katherine Logan has weaved an intricate tale in the classic western mode spiced up with the fantasy elements of time travel. She has avoided all the clichés and has done a great job invoking the feel of the times, the smells, tastes, fears and joys, hardships and triumphs and created a true masterpiece worthy of films such as How The West Was Won and the Pulitzer Prize winner - The Way West. I had goose bumps all over when I finished this work of brilliance and am eager for the next instalment. A riveting five star read. Go download it right now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I have this book in both eBook format and audio format. I read / listened to this book in audio format via audible.com. I always choose the audios when possible as the narrators tend to breath life into the stories like a heart beat! Even if you read this book, listen to it again in audio and it is like a whole different story! Audios also allow us to be hands free while we read and drive, work, walk, even clean a house! What a great story. The author is genius for the story line. I truly enjoye I have this book in both eBook format and audio format. I read / listened to this book in audio format via audible.com. I always choose the audios when possible as the narrators tend to breath life into the stories like a heart beat! Even if you read this book, listen to it again in audio and it is like a whole different story! Audios also allow us to be hands free while we read and drive, work, walk, even clean a house! What a great story. The author is genius for the story line. I truly enjoyed listening to this book. I loved going back in time to the wagon trains. I found all of Kit's stories for how and why she does things hilarious as she doesn't want to get caught with things from the future. I loved how Kit was a strong heroine in this story. That Kit could shoot and fight along with being a medic too! This whole book was such an adventure. All the twists and turns in the plot. I look forward the sapphire and jade stories too! This book is historical western romance with a twist of intrigue in it! It's about a young woman who doesn't know who her real family is and is given a ruby brooch to travel back in time so she can find herself. Travel along with Kit back to the old west when wagons trains crossed the country and the buffalo still roamed along with the Indians. Learn how life was back in the 1800's while Kit finds the love of her life. For me this story made me grateful to be in the 21st century, but I so enjoyed listening to the history! The author, Katherine Lowry Logan did an excellent job on this book! The plot totally surprised me and held my interest though out the book and at times, had me on the edge of my seat! The narrator, Teri Schnaubelt did a super job delivering this story to us with all her multiple voices and accents! Loved the accents! Teri is an awesome narrator and I just love to listen to her telling stories!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Gomes

    This story combines, a mystery, a romance, a little western, time travel and characters that live with you long after you finish. It begins in 2012 in Kentucky on a thoroughbred ranch. Kit is the only remaining member of her family, having just lost her parents in a terrible accident. She does have an uncle, but I'm not sure he's a blood uncle, if you get my meaning. She receives a shocking message and journal from her father that sends her on an adventure we could all want to experience. Accordi This story combines, a mystery, a romance, a little western, time travel and characters that live with you long after you finish. It begins in 2012 in Kentucky on a thoroughbred ranch. Kit is the only remaining member of her family, having just lost her parents in a terrible accident. She does have an uncle, but I'm not sure he's a blood uncle, if you get my meaning. She receives a shocking message and journal from her father that sends her on an adventure we could all want to experience. According to her father, She had been left on the doorstep at birth, wrapped in a shawl and with a mysterious ruby brooch. The brooch is supposed to be magical, sending the owner into another place and time, with the simple reciting of the magic words. The brooch only sends you to the time and place where you will find your heart's desire. Kit's father had taken this journey, and now, he's left her with a mystery, and this sends Kit on her journey to the past. Kit believes she came from that past, and she is desperate to discover who she really is. So, Kit prepares herself carefully, as you'll see, and she uses the brooch, ending up in Independence in 1852. She joins a wagon train to Oregon and meets people so richly drawn you feel like you could know them and you care deeply about them. And that's where I'll stop, except to say, this has twists and turns, that surprised me, characters I still think about, a journey I wish I could take, and a satisfying wonderful ending. And the next book comes out in September, and two more next year. I can hardly wait. I know many of us enjoy the time travel scenarios like in outlander. This book isn't as long and involved, but it's beautiful and special in similar ways. I definitely want more!

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