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Veil of Time

In the wake of her divorce, Maggie leaves her native Glasgow to rent a cottage at Dunadd, an ancient hill fort where the early kings of Scotland were crowned. With only the hill and the view of the sea for company, Maggie is hoping to finish a thesis on medieval witch burnings she started long ago. But Maggie's past doesn't allow for much peace and quiet: there is the impending surgery to cure her epilepsy; the recent death of her young daughter, Ellie, from the same illness; and her teenage son Graeme at boarding school who is still reeling from his sister's death. Maggie slips into the eighth century during a seizure and finds herself back in Dunadd's heyday, but it seems more than just a dream. The druidess in her hut at the top of the fort seems more real than the witches Maggie is writing about in her thesis. Fergus, the handsome brother of the king, certainly seems more than an illusion when he reaches for her. And his daughter Illa could be Ellie's double returned to life over a millennium before her birth. As Maggie keeps returning to Fergus's world, her surgery approaches, and soon she'll be forced to make an impossible choice: return to her son in the present or make a new life with Fergus and Illa in the past.
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About the Author

Claire R. McDougall, a native of Scotland, graduated from Oxford University and lives now in Aspen, Colorado, with her family. After an early start as a newspaper columnist, her career in creative writing moved through the genres of poetry and short stories to settle on Scottish novels.


As richly detailed as a fine tapestry, VEIL OF TIME is entrancing and enthralling from the first page to the last. Anyone who enjoys the work of Diane Galbadon or Karen Marie Moning will adore this book. A jewel of a story! VEIL OF TIME is time travel romance at its best. -- New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins "With echoes of Audrey Niffeneggers's The Time Traveller's Wife...this poetically written novel tells a magical love story that spans the centuries while at the same time describing in striking detail the subjective effects of this intriguing neurological state. A brave, powerful, and incredibly moving debut novel from a very talented writer." -- Anthony Peake, author of The Labyrinth of Time: The Illusion of Past, Present & Future < "Veil of Time will enthrall you. Claire McDougall's fine novel is both a meditative exploration on the nature of perception and sanity and a saga of the first order, a wholly captivating journey through time and the variegated yet immutable complexities of love." -- Scott Lasser, author of Say Nice Things About Detroit "From the moment I opened Veil of Time, I was instantly swept up in the lush, haunting and wholly credible world Claire R. McDougall has created. Fiercely inventive, steeped in history, and emotionally charged, Veil of Time is the gripping story of a grieving woman who is offered a second chance to rebuild her fractured family. The twist? She must relinquish her current life and return to 8th century Scotland. A powerful and thought-provoking novel, reading Veil of Time is like falling into a wild, enchanting dream state from which you hope never to awaken. " -- Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of I Couldn't Love You More and Hunger Point

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