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THE COMYN’S CURSE by M MacKinnon bridges two fates across five centuries.  One fated to a curse, the other fated to break it.  Aubrey, running from heartbreak and disappointment, chases her heritage into the lands and legends of Scotland under the behest of the “elusive and mysterious” Angus Mackintosh, who has more to gain than lose from Aubrey’s adventure.

Under the guidance of Nessie and her new housemates, Aubrey repairs her broken heart among their unusual comradery.  Their humor and banter are surpassed only by Kate and Fitz, Aubrey’s two best friends.  On the heels of an anticipated marriage, the three women sight-see across Scotland, encounter unexpected danger, and evaluate two new men in Aubrey’s life, neither of which seems destined to break the curse but could break her heart once again.

MacKinnon immerses the reader into the enchanting highlands without drowning him/her in an incoherent world that is difficult to understand.  On multiple occasions, Aubrey, along with Fitz and Kate, experiences a true Scottish breakfast; and, their various reactions are priceless.  Angus’ thick Scottish dialect is easier to understand than anticipated.  He is both endearing and lovable.  I half-expected him to produce a wand revealing that his mysterious air was attributable to his magical qualities.  The pacing and tension are perfect.  The humor is believable and the characters are exceptional.  I do wish the men weren’t so dashingly handsome, though.  I wanted to keep one for myself.

THE COMYN’S CURSE is filled with ghosts, legends, loyalty, and friendship.  Can a curse be broken with love as it seems love is what binds it?

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