Rise of a Legend was a great read for me because I love history, romance, and Scotland. Although this book leans more toward historical fiction, there is a developing relationship involving a known historical warrior and a not-so-ordinary historical journalist who is partaking in an archaeological dig. When she is presented with a medallion and given a warning not to change the past, she finds herself magically transported to Scotland in the year 1297 and right into the arms of William Wallace.
You know a book is well-written when it feels as if you are walking along side the characters. I felt Eva's astonishment and wonder at her time travel. I felt her heartbreak when William tries to leave her at the monastery and I felt her excitement when he confessed how much she had come to mean to him in such a short time.
The character who has traveled through time normally has to adjust quite a bit to archaic methods and I found it refreshing that Eva, because of her course of study in college, was knowledgeable about most things. I found it interesting that the subject of Eva's hair kept coming up. Because she is a modern woman and kept her hair short, she was afraid the people from the medieval era would think it had been cut as a form of punishment.
I absolutely adored William and Eva's relationship. My heart fluttered when he would say sweet things and I enjoyed the appearance of the alpha male in him when someone would so much as look at Eva the wrong way. I am very interested in seeing how this plays out, especially after the reference to the year 1305 which, according to history, is the year William Wallace was hanged, drawn, and quartered by command of King Edward I.
History lovers and romance lover alike will no doubt enjoy this book!
Running away from her catastrophic life, historical journalist Eva MacKay joins an archaeological dig at the battleground of Loudoun Hill. Unearthing the seal of William Wallace, Eva gains notoriety. But her dreams of Bowie knives—the weapon that murdered her husband—morph into great swords and dirks.
Drawn to a ruined monastery, Eva drifts into the worst nightmare of all. Awaking to the sharp point of a madman’s sword, she’s hurled into the midst of a bloody thirteenth century battle. Just when certain death is eminent, brutal arms surround the lass, dragging her deeper into unknown terror.
When Eva realizes she’s been hauled to the hideout of rebel William Wallace, a revelation dawns—she’s landed the story of a lifetime—if she can stay alive and find a way home to tell her tale.
What she doesn’t count on is her mounting chemistry with the greatest legend Scotland has ever known…or the absolute love swelling in her heart.