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By Kathleen Kirkwood

A HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN
Recently free of captivity in London Tower, Rae Mackinnon returns to the turbulent Highlands and claims his position as laird of Dunraven fort. As he grapples with extended family rivalries and divisiveness inside his circle of relatives, he's faced with a startling discovery — a gorgeous girl from destiny, brought throughout the portals of Time and into his mattress . . .

A VICTORIAN LADY
Swept up in the summertime social rounds, Julia Hargrove accompanies her aunt and cousins on an day trip to Scotland, to an old citadel which has hosted no viewers for 2 many years — in the past. Rumors abound of surprising occurrences at Dunraven fort — occurrences which are situated within the bedchamber Julia now occupies, the place a rugged Highland warrior materializes from the earlier . . .

DRAWN IRRESTIBLY in the course of the PORTALS OF TIME
What mysteries does Dunraven carry? What mystery opens the temporal door, permitting Julia and Rae to arrive around the centuries to say a couple of stolen moments and nurture a blossoming love? yet how lengthy can the foundations of Time be damaged prior to the door shuts forevermore

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Gracie shrugged. ’ ‘I don’t make the rules. I bin here before most, but I don’t get any say. ’ So that was the trouble! ‘I didn’t ask,’ said Gracie. ‘No? ’ Kitty flounced away, then came back to face Gracie. ‘And another thing – don’t go talking to that gardener. ’ ‘I like him,’ said Gracie. ’ She wanted to tell Kitty what she had learned from her mother, that you take people as you find them. And she wanted to say that she was sorry Kitty had been given her late shift. But she didn’t. ’ First, she collected fresh water to refill the boilers.

But you do want to go to England,’ said Peggy. ’ ‘I just want to be there. ’ Gracie sighed. ’ ‘Of course you haven’t,’ said Peggy. ’ ‘And you can walk miles and miles through bluebell woods,’ said Hester. ’ ‘A ... ’ Jess stared at Hester. ’ ‘My mother tells me. ’ She glanced at Gracie and a shadow flicked across her eyes. ‘I’m sorry. ’ ‘It’s all right. My mother never lived in a place like that. ’ Gracie pushed damp hair out of her eyes and turned her face to the sea. 48 Gracie & the Emperor-pp 31/3/03 3:13 PM Page 49 ‘In Mother’s village, there were swans, and houses with thatched roofs,’ said Peggy.

It makes your teeth black,’ said Betsy. ’ ‘I’m not rude,’ she said. ’ 54 Gracie & the Emperor-pp 31/3/03 3:13 PM Page 55 Bonaparte shook his head, and let the boy down from his lap. ‘Tu ne seras jamais soldat . . jamais! he said. ’The boy didn’t seem to care, or maybe he didn’t understand. When Bonaparte turned and saw Gracie, she held her hand to her face and hurried on. One Saturday morning, she left Jamestown early after bath time and hiked up the interweaving goat tracks into the mountains behind The Briars.

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