Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be (yesterday’s – oops!) stop on the book tour for; Thunder on the Moor by Andrea Matthews. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book with you all.
Firstly, thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for the invite.
About the Book
Thunder On The Moor by Andrea Matthews.
Series; Thunder on the Moor #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Time-Travel Romance.
Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and border raids. In fact, she could have easily fallen for the man portrayed in one particular image in his portrait collection. Yet when her father reveals he was himself an infamous Border reiver, she finds it a bit far-fetched—to say the least—especially when he announces his plans to return to his sixteenth century Scottish home with her in tow.
Suspecting it’s just his way of getting her to accompany him on yet another archaeological dig, Maggie agrees to the expedition, only to find herself transported four hundred and fifty years into the past. Though a bit disoriented at first, she discovers her father’s world to be every bit as exciting as his stories, particularly when she’s introduced to Ian Rutherford, the charming son of a neighboring laird. However, when her uncle announces her betrothal to Ian, Maggie’s twentieth-century sensibilities are outraged. She hardly even knows the man. But a refusal of his affections could ignite a blood feud.
Maggie’s worlds are colliding. Though she’s found the family she always wanted, the sixteenth century is a dangerous place. Betrayal, treachery, and a tragic murder have her questioning whether she should remain or try to make her way back to her own time.
To make matters worse, tensions escalate when she stumbles across Bonnie Will Foster, the dashing young man in her father’s portrait collection, only to learn he is a dreaded Englishman. But could he be the hero she’s always dreamed him to be? Or will his need for revenge against Ian shatter more than her heart?
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I have to be fully honest and say that the main reason I wanted to read this book was that the moment I read the back blurb made me think how much it sounded like Outlander, seeing as I have so many books needing my attention on my ever-growing TBR pile, even to me it was a little daft to go and add another, but what is a girl supposed to do when she is a faced with a time-travel romance set in the highlands, reason and sense went out of the window and I had to read it.
By Jove, am I pleased that I did, this book is not just pretty darn great, but amazingly great!
Thunder on the Moor tells the story of Maggie who has grown up with tall tales of Scottish feuds, battles and drama from her father, she fell in love with Scotland and the history from her father’s stories. Let’s face it we have all been in the position where a relative’s wild tales have captivated us, but in Maggie’s case she is shocked to learn that his stories aren’t just tall tales spun from an overactive mind, but they are real and they aren’t just historical stories from his ancestry they are actually his stories as he is from 16th century Scotland.
Yep, it’s a mind boggler for sure!
Now he wants to take his daughter back in time to meet his and her clan, which is the start of a life-changing adventure, one that she won’t ever forget and neither will us readers. Once there ourMaggie. She is a little bewildered at first as deep down she never really believed that he hailed from the 16th century and that he has been living in the 1980s all this time but once she has been sent back too she is amazed and instantly falls in love with her father’s Scotland. But there she also learns that her fathers birth time and place isn’t exactly the best palace to live for a woman as she has no rights whats so ever now and must conform to what is expected of her, even if that does mean she married off to a neighbouring laird.
Well, that’s wasn’t part of the bargain of time travel.
But in the chaos and drama of the time and whats going on she finds herself falling in love with the man in the portrait she has admired from her father’s wide collection, she fell in love with the handsome rogue as a child and now she meets him face to face and instantly the sparks fly, but he is the enemy and not just another laird he is an Englishman in a place where that’s, not a pretty thing to be (yes, I do realise I have just more or less quoted Jamie Fraser).
I really, really enjoyed this my first assumptions of it being a bit like Outlander were in a way correct but with huge differences and I loved the originality of the entire plot. It’s compelling to read and you become completely invested and a little addicted to the characters and their exploits.
I did think that the parts in 1988 were a little slow for my liking, I am pleased we didn’t stay in that time for very long as I did find it a bit of a drag but the moment we set foot in the 16th century the story jumped into action and I was hooked. The setting is stunning – but this is Scotland, so it would be wouldn’t it? I loved the historical detail, the amount of research the author has put into this is amazing and well worth the hard work you get a real sense of the time.
Thunder on the Moor is a fabulous adventure full of searing passion, romance, bloody action, tragedy, loyalty, betrayal and intoxicating danger, you feel as though you have been swept back in time along with Maggie, it’s a definite must read for any historical/Scottish/Outlander lover.
About the Author
Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. She has a BA in History and an MLS in Library Science, and enjoys the research almost as much as she does writing the story. In fact, many of her ideas come to her while doing casual research or digging into her family history. She is the author of the Thunder on the Moor series set on the 16th century Anglo-Scottish Border, and the Cross of Ciaran series, where a fifteen hundred year old Celt finds himself in the twentieth century. Andrea is a member of the Romance Writers of America.