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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: JOVE (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515149519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515149517
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coll on 19 Jan. 2012
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Another lovely book... I am so pleased Lynn Kurland has carried on writing about the same families. This one is about John (Montgommerys twin) and strangely enough he bumps into Pippa's sister Tess... This book is obviously a must for those who have read the rest in the series.... can't wait for the next one!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 28 Dec. 2011
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love this series, have all lynn's books, find them a welcome change from all the bodice rippers out there, but i do get a little tired of the characters getting to page 300 without even a kiss, these are supposed to be timetravel romances, so one half of the romantic leads are modern men or women, they need to behave realisticly, i am not wanting them to jump into bed together, they are not those sort of books but a few kisses while falling in love, would be true to character and period, surely. its just a little niggle but stops the book from being 5 stars
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
LK has made more romance magic! 3 May 2011
By C. Widman - Published on
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I was delighted to find One Magic Moment in stores before it was officially released. Even though I had already pre-ordered it, I quickly snatched it up and starting reading. When you only get a new book every year, you take it when you find it! While in many ways OMM feels like a mish-mash of previous stories, it is still an enjoyable read, as we have come to expect with Ms. Kurland... There are some mysteries that I couldn't predict the outcome of, but for the most part it is a sweet and even-keeled ride. I will say with this one, that you would benefit from having read One Enchanted Evening before this. While you don't have to, I think it would heighten your enjoyment of OMM. I'm going back to re-read it now myself.

So after reading and enjoying One Enchanted Evening, I was excited to read John's story. He was the mysterious double to Montgomery, in being his twin. They were pretty much always together, the times they are mentioned. But Montgomery was the more outspoken of the two, so you feel like you know him better. That leaves John as the strong, silent type. All that we really knew about it him was that he was there and then he just disappeared. Well in One Magic Moment, we get to see what happened to him.

Tess, Pippa's sister, is still living and working at Sedgwick castle as when we left her in OEE. She has a PhD in medieval studies, and she enjoys creating that world for events that she holds there as well as the lectures she gives on occasion. She is greatly grieving for the loss of her sister; knowing that Pippa is happy and in love doesn't quite take away the sting of someone being gone from your life.

On a trip into town, Tess swipes off another side mirror. So she stops at the local mechanic shop and who should she happen to meet but a doppelganger for Montgomery, her sister's love. Knowing what she does about where Montgomery came from and where he is now, Tess knows that there is more to this John than meets the eye.

John is in many ways similar to previous LK heroes. He is overprotective, tall, dark and handsome. They both fight their attraction to each other, but John is unable to resist Tess. And Tess can't help but fall in love, after all John is a dashing, de Piaget! There are some great moments of him trying to "herd" Tess, to keep her behind him to protect her. LK found some winners of word choice and phrases in this one. There are a lot of laugh out loud and sappy smile inducing sweet exchanges in OMM.

A madcap, awkward romance ensues of two sides hiding the truth from each other, when it really would help them if they'd just say what they're thinking. A few times through the story, I wanted to clunk their two heads together to just get on with it... ;-) Their love story is not an easy one but while the ultimate path is predictable, it is not so in any way to take away from the story. Once again there are some reappearances from some past favorite characters. What a smart tool this interweaving of stories is... because even if you've read the prior books, the characters reappearances make you want to enjoy theirs all over again.

One Magic Moment is a wonderful escapist read. I am purposely vague in my plot summary-- I didn't want to give anything away! I hope you enjoy!

For more on:
Jennifer and Nicholas- When I Fall in Love
Robin and Anne- If I Had You
Rhys and Gwen- Another Chance to Dream
Miles and Abigail- The Gift of Christmas Past from Love Came Just in Time
Jackson and Amanda- Dreams of Stardust
Pippa and Montgomery- One Enchanted Evening
Peaches- to come!

P.S. I am a bit "on the fence" that Peaches, Tess and Pippa's sister, is the story to come. I'm afraid it will be too much a repeat of the two stories before it... At least there isn't another de Piaget brother that's still single. I think we're overdue for a ghost story, what say you? Wink wink nudge nudge ;-)
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Phoned It In 8 Jun. 2011
By M. C. Rathke - Published on
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I love the entire concept of the dePiaget/MacLeod families and can fully accept the "rules" that have been developed around time travel, paranormal oddities, etc. I even found it refreshing that the characters in this books accept time travel and are not freaked out about moving from one century to another.

But. There was no character development. John is taciturn,and that's about it. Tess is alternatively assertive and independent or on the verge of helpless tears. (make up your mind, honey). Stilted narrative such as "she stood there and shook" doesn't exactly reach out and grab the reader--not to mention, we've had an awful lot of weeping heroines in the last few offerings in this series. (does anyone actually *say* "watch it, buster" or "I think I'm losing it" in real conversation?? Both of those have appeared in at least the last three books; I don't know if Kurland is taking shortcuts or if her editor is, but those phrases are becoming tiresome.)

There's no plot development. The first 150 pages acould have been condensed to a third of that. The reasons why Tess wouldn't tell John that she knew his brother in another time are vague and pointless. It would make sense for a while, but the she-knows-he-knows-but-no-one's-telling dance is also becoming trite. There are enticing hints of Robert Cameron and Jamie MacLeod, but they're only mentioned as if they're being checked off a list somehow. It's hard to summon any sense of urgency as a reader when the writer doesn't seem interested, either.

"Till There Was You" seemed to be an enticing glimpse into the next generations of dePiagets, and how they would have grown up around the various parents, aunts and uncles who were not of a medieval ilk ('ilk' being another overused word)--this seems more like "oh, the fans want another time travel story; who hasn't been paired off yet?"

I used to mark my calendars for Kurland releases. I honestly forgot about this one until a month after it came out, and thought "oh, yeah, I better read that". Next time--assuming there is one--I may just borrow it from the library and save both the $$ and the space on my ereader.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Series has finally done itself in. 28 May 2011
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This was embarassingly disappointing. Kurland has been doing less than stellar work recently and has killed a delightfully imaginative series with disjointed plotting, odd errors in English periods (For example, from the book: "Victorian England, perhaps?" "Believe me, I'm tempted. Especially since it would mean you'd have to wear heels and hose more often." -- Was't that a style more for the Georgians and elderly Regency characters? Search under 'Regency fashion men'.)

The characters were just okay for me, but not that engaging. Dragging in every major character from the series gave the book a grand finale feeling, which for me it is. Was this book was something she had to write but is no longer really into herself anymore, and then the book was given little editorial attention to detail by the publishers? Her editor did not seem to be really into romance, time travel, British Regency/Victorian genres or continuity issues in such a convoluted book.

I bought this because I have really enjoyed her books in the past, but her work will no longer be an automatic buy for me. I hate it when that happens.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Disappointingly Bad 5 July 2011
By Laurie K. Olsen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book. I've read all of Lynn Kurland's MacLeod/de Piaget books, and own most of them. I've always enjoyed Kurland's humor and ability to bring a feeling of realism to her ghosts and time travel stories. Unfortunately the last couple of books come across like she is burned out but still has to finish up a contract.

I was disappointed in Montgomery's 'One Enchanted Evening' but was hoping that it was just a hiccup. My concern started when she was naming her characters "Cinderella" and "Peaches" ... HUH?! The whole "fairy wings" on the back of the dress threw me too. However at least in Enchanted Evening there was still some light-hearted humor and a warm love story.

I bought 'One Magic Moment' because my library didn't have it in yet. I didn't even end up finishing it after 2/3's through. It was terrible. It had an awkward "I don't want to like you but fate is forcing me too" love story line. John's ill humor was never really explained but just was a downer on the whole story. Tess and her sisters are still bizarre and not endearing at all.

This book does not deserve the space on my bookshelf. I am not keeping it. I hope that Lynn Kurland has made some good money on her earlier books because I for one will not be buying any more of her work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Skip-able 8 Sept. 2011
By Skirlie - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I refuse to believe that LK wrote this. (anyone else notice the copyright is incorporated?) That's the only justification for how disappointing it is. From the very first chapter which just opens up about three pages into a story so the reader is left going "huh?" I've read all her books, but this just assumes that you read Pippa's story yesterday and then picked up this one today.

Tess is an annoying character. She's grieving for her sister Pippa who is lost to the past, but so what? It's so poorly written that you don't feel any sympathy or anguish for her. Her twin sister (who's name is Peaches!) is staying with her. Does she ever talk to Peaches about anything significant. Nope. Just bails on her constantly - and why is that okay? - because she's going to lose her mind. This woman is on the verge of "loosing her mind" at least 50 times in this book. At one point she goes outside and sees a medieval fully functioning castle and nearly hyperventilates because it's so nuts...sweetheart, you've been in the past for at least a week and in the castle for 3 days, took a tour, talked with Nicholas and Jennifer, etc. The time for the 2 pages of OMG is over.

John isn't nearly as unlikeable. Of course, he's absolutely not original. He's a car buff, with multiple cars one of which happens to be a Vanquish. Haven't we met that hero before?

There is a storyline about there being a villain. Yawn. There was no sense of danger to the characters. The bad guy left a note in their car...dun dun dun.

I consider this book totally skip-able. I don't think it's added anything to the series at all. There are no dangling story lines you want to see resolved, I'm not even really interested in where the characters end up in the future so seeing them in future books - eh.

Personal pet peeves:

It doesn't bother me that the book is written as if it was released in the UK - using terms such as ring, car park, referring to points on a driver's license, etc. But it does annoy me to no end that her expat portrayals are so off (so said by the years long expat). Picking up the local terms (like pub, ring, etc) is common, but you never change where you're from. An expat They would never, ever refer to themselves as a "yank" in normal conversation. No more than a New Yorker would move to Texas and refer to himself as a Yankee when someone asked where he was from.

And let's talk about the "colonies" shall we? First is the fact that John is from before America was discovered by Europeans. Then he jumps time to current day with a brief stint in Victorian England. So why on earth is he referring to America as the "colonies"? I really want to know where LK is spending her time in England doing research because no one says this - unless they're taking the mickey - but that's not how she's using it. Most everyone says America.
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