Review of "A Dance Through Time" (MacLeod #1, De Piaget/MacLeod #2) by Lynn Kurland

Kurland, Lynn. A Dance Through Time. 1996. New York: Berkley, 2000.

eBook | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1101653562 | 353 pages | Time Travel Romance

3 stars

I was excited to finally get to read A Dance Through Time (and some of the other early Lynn Kurland books I’m missing) through OverDrive, especially since I remembered Jamie and Elizabeth from a subsequent book I’d read about one of Elizabeth’s brothers. And this book fulfilled my expectations of being yet another fun time travel adventure, if rather flawed.

While I was a little bummed that Elizabeth’s work as a writer doesn’t play a massive role, I suppose it’s par for the course, given the way women’s careers were approached in Kurland’s first book, Stardust of Yesterday. However, I did find her much more palatable than that book’s heroine, and given that Elizabeth does some time traveling instead of meeting Jamie entirely in her own time, I feel like she was competent enough to be able to make the adjustment. However, her character is also where the book does show its age, as while I have nothing against a heroine who wants to preserve her virginity until marriage, I can’t help but feel like that, along with some of her other traits, is something that was done simply because it was expected, and while I have no issue with people making a conscious choice to wait to have sex, it does seem like an worn out trope that even now the genre is having trouble getting rid of.

Jamie…I took a while to warm up to him. He wasn’t overly offensive, per se, but he just wasn’t that compelling either. I blame my lack of attraction to the fetishized Highlander, but I just don’t really get what’s attractive about him.

The plot was interesting enough…I did like that there was equal time spent with Elizabeth becoming accustomed to the 14th century and, later, in a twist, Jamie getting to know a bit about the modern world, with them eventually deciding to live in that time period. There was some action with some evildoing cousin, but this wasn’t that well foreshadowed.

In short, this time travel book, quite ironically, did not age well. And what plot there is is a bit all over the place. However, having read an early Kurland before, I did not go in expecting a masterpiece, and feel like, given the long-standing nature of the de Piaget/MacLeod interconnected universe, she must’ve done something right along the way, and I did like the book that succeeds this one. So, if you are looking for a fun, if dated, time travel escape, give this one a go.

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