Betrayed by her now ex-fiance, Bentley Douglas Taylor III, Madelyn Phillips embarks on what would have been their honeymoon trip to Scotland, and what has always been her idea of a dream vacation. She has problems from the start, not the least of which is her creep of an ex following her, trying to get Madelyn back. He steals her luggage, her violin, and tries to thwart every move she makes without him. Then he doesn't understand why she isn't falling all over him! After all, the man fired her, then broke off their engagement. Bentley has one giant ego, and Madelyn has no intention of feeding into it anymore. Especially since he's also stolen her reservation at the quaint Scottish hotel she planned to stay in.
After a few rocky meetings, Patrick MacLeod, brother to Jamie MacLeod from A DANCE THROUGH TIME, becomes Madelyn's reluctant champion. He has no time for rescuing modern-day damsels in distress, but something inexplicable keeps pulling him closer to Madelyn. The more time they spend together, the less he dwells on his haunted past.
A GARDEN IN THE RAIN is fabulous! Ms. Kurland works her magic by letting Madelyn and Patrick develop a believable relationship together. No love at first sight, bed hopping here. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- sometimes. <g> All characters are integral to the story, whether they're good guys or bad, and it was a pleasure to revisit with Jamie, his wife Elizabeth, and the rest of the MacLeod clan. The bantering and swordplay between them all is a hoot, and Madelyn's reaction is priceless the first time she sees Jamie and Patrick practice with their swords.
This wonderful, tender, and emotional story flows along seamlessly and smoothly, never skipping a beat. The intensity of the time travel scene is nearly heartbreaking, but shows both Madelyn's and Patrick's true colors, making each stronger and more aware of the deep feelings that have been developing between them.
This is classic writing from Lynn Kurland and I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend A GARDEN IN THE RAIN as one of Ms. Kurland's best books to date, but admit I'll always have a special place in my heart for the first book of hers that I read, STARDUST OF YESTERDAY.
If you've never read a Kurland -- get thee to a bookstore post haste!