Two Scottish clans are tied together and yet driven apart by an ancient curse. Centuries ago in a futile attempt to make peace, three brothers of the MacKinnon clan sought to marry women of the Claren clan. The mysterious disappearance of Alexander MacKinnon right before his wedding foretold tragedy unending. For generations, each clan has blamed the other for its misfortune.

Modern-day Maggie Claren has no time to dwell on clan feuds. She is too busy trying to elude the fianci who has turned into a homicidal stalker. Maggie flees to a mountain cabin left to her by a mysterious relation named Lachlan Claren. The inheritance comes with strings attached, including its own ghost, Duncan MacKinnon.

At the same time, cousin Carlean Claren finds herself in Scotland. There, Carlean discovers her link to the curse in the form of Rory MacKinnon, Duncans brother, who has been cursed with immortality by one of her ancestors.

The triad is complete with the arrival of the third cousin, Delaney Claren. The discovery of oldest brother Alexander MacKinnon gathering modern weapons in the hidden depths of the family fortress causes some tense moments. Catapulted forward in time by Edwyna Claren, Alexander is determined to return to the past to change the course of history.

With this captivating story, author Donna Kauffman serves up triple the paranormal fun in a marvelous new novel. (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith