Peg Thompson has enough to deal with in her life. She is a widow taking care of 4 children, an 8 year old daughter, a 6 year old daughter and twin 4 year old sons. She is just trying to make a life for her family without having to rely on the people around her. Peg doesn’t need any help. At least, that’s what she thinks until she meets Duncan MacKeage.
Duncan MacKeage is used to getting his own way. Not only is he a strong and forceful man in his own right, but he is part of a magical clan of time travelers. Duncan needs the gravel from Peg’s gravel pit in order to build a road up the side of a mountain near Spellbound Falls. He isn’t sure that she’ll let him purchase the gravel since their meeting wasn’t quite conventional.
What draws these two people together is more than fate. The magic that surrounds them is palpable. Unfortunately, they have to content with people who are against the resort being built and the curse that surrounds Peg’s family. Men who marry into her family tend to lose their lives before the age of 30 or if they are older, shortly after the wedding in bizarre accidents. Peg knows she can’t risk her heart again or the hearts of her children.
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the idea of magic guiding these two people towards each other and helping them to be together. Duncan’s family tree is quite convoluted and to be honest, I’m still not sure that I understand exactly how they all came to have magic or how they connect together. It was the one part of the book that made the least amount of sense. It is the characteristic of a good author that despite a complex back-story for her characters, you don’t really need to fully understand it in order to appreciate the story unfolding before you.
I thought the way in which Duncan interacted with Peg’s children was so natural and caring that of course, she had to care about him. It only emphasized the person that he is. I also like that neither Duncan nor Peg apologized for who they were. They are both strong people and they have their faults. Peg accepts Duncan’s faults and Duncan accepts Peg’s without looking to change the other person. Together they are definitely stronger than they are apart.
There were parts of this story that made me laugh out loud. Peg has such a dry wit and she isn’t afraid to use it. The kids make some pretty outrageous comments as only children can do. The reactions of the other characters were also priceless.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and to find out what happens to these delightful characters as they continue on their life journeys.