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Comments for A Man in a Kilt
A Man in a Kilt: 03/09/07
I picked up a copy of A Man in a Kilt at one of last year's BookCrossing meetings. The ghost in a kilt part of the story intrigued me. It sounded a bit like an updated version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The first third lived up to my expectations but then it changed from a paranormal romance to a historical romance with the aid of some unsatisfactorily explained time travel.
Beth Pudding goes from being an unhappy Manhanttanite fish-out-of-water to finding happiness and belonging 600 years in the past. Her new and improved self reminded me too much of Angie from Gordon R. Dickson's Dragon-Knight series.
As with so many time travel stories, it ends on a paradox. The last of the line becomes the beginning of the line. But in A Man in the Kilt this ending is too predictable and paved with too many cliches to make it a satisfactory conclusion. To see this sort of romantic paradox done better, watch Red Dwarf.