Determined to regain her royal status, a banished faerie princess accepts a challenge from the High-Queen of the Fae to unite an unlikely couple while the clan brownie attempts to thwart her.
Passion ignites when a faerie-shove propels burned-out business consultant Laurie Bernard through the garden gate, back through time, and into the embrace of Patrick MacLachlan. The arrogant clan chief doesn’t know what to make of the lass in his arms, especially when he recognizes the brooch she wears as the one his stepmother wore when she and his father disappeared.
With the fae interfering at every opportunity, the couple must learn to trust one another while they battle an enemy clan, expose a traitor within their midst and discover the true fate of the missing parents. Can they learn the most important truth—love transcends time?
Journey from the lush gardens of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the Scottish Highlands of 1509 with Just Beyond the Garden Gate.
The manuscript for 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate' finaled in the From the Heart RW Golden Gateway contest and the Oklahoma RW Finally a Bride contest.
'Just Beyond the Garden Gate' is the first book in the Highland Gardens series. The second book, 'Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon', coming September 2013.
Yep, that’s right they’d had their eyes out for her. They knew eventually that the right girl would come along who would be perfect for their son, Patrick. Unlike most matchmaking parents, they never mention their son or their intentions. Good reason too since they might scare off the slightly introverted Laurie. It might be hard to explain that their hard working, handsome son exists more than a couple centuries in the past.
Laurie’s goal is to veg out for a month. Forget about her job and her demanding cousin Finn. What happens is she falls in love with a neglected cabin she finds in the woods. So much so, she talks the B & B owners into renting it to her for a year. The appearance of the small home changes her entire life focus. The sullen gardener decides to help her, but in turns helps herself more. Laurie Bernard may be the answer to lifting a fairy curse.
This is the real reason Laurie finds herself hurtling through space and time only to land at the feet of the most handsome man she’s ever met. All isn’t easy. Not only is the very delicious Patrick engaged to a highland chieftain’s daughter, but also her Da is ready to force a war to insure Patrick marries the gel. Throw in fairies and brownies working against one another, a greedy, deceitful uncle and a lecherous thug who keeps trying to kidnap Laurie and you have problems. Who ever said the path of true love ever ran smooth?
Beyond the Garden Gate contains a vivid backdrop of historical Scotland. Ms. Hamilton has certainly done her research. The secondary characters are well rounded and troublesome for the most part. Patrick and Laurie have great chemistry and witty repartee.
Beyond the Garden Gate is a debut novel, which makes it so extraordinary. Many veteran authors don’t reach this level of characterization and story flow until several books later. You like romance, hunky Scots and fairies, then, this is the book for you.