My book review of The Comyn’s Curse
The Comyn’s Curse by M. MacKinnon is a modern-day paranormal romance cross-genre novel that includes elements of mystery and historical fiction. The book opens with historical fiction set in Scotland, 1442. This prologue sets the stage for the purpose of the modern-day main character’s journey throughout the story, expertly providing just enough detail to propel us forward. It is beautifully written, introducing a tale of love, a warning that results in betrayal, and a cliff hanger that leaves the reader longing for more.
Enter, Aubrey Cumming, and the worst text of her life, “Im sorry im in love with someone else.” As if a text message breakup wasn’t bad enough, her fiancé, Marc Russo, can’t even raise up enough respect to proffer his dismissal with proper grammar. She put everything she had into this relationship, even to the point of moving to his small hometown in New Jersey. Now she sits in agony, reading a series of poorly written text messages that pronounce her a free entity, whether she likes it or not.
Enter her stalwart companions, Kate and Fitz, and large scoops of Rocky Road ice cream, prescribed by Nurse Fitz. After sobbing out her woes, she remembers that Angus, her employer at a local bookstore, would be worried about her (having not arrived to work her shift). All three of these characters will play significant roles in her life journey from this point forward, but I won’t go into detail as too much said could spoil your fun!
A paranormal experience with an old tome in Angus’ Auld Books bookstore, leads to information about a family curse, (The Comyn’s Curse). As a result, she and Angus decide that she must make a trip to Scotland to break it.
MacKinnon’s characters are well-developed and believable, both modern-day and historical. The reader can’t come away from this experience, not having made new friends! By the end of the book, the reader is keen to follow Aubrey and her friends into the next adventure in The Piper’s Warning, Book 2 of the Highland Spirits series.
MacKinnon, a writer since the tender age of eight, spends one month each year in the Scottish Highlands, which effectively allows her to write her adventures in this setting with credibility. It is evident that she loves the area, and her deep respect for the people and history there come across in her writing.
And did I mention that Aubrey and her friends are fans of the Starz Outlander series? You will find mentions and references interspersed throughout MacKinnon’s story.
I highly recommend The Comyn’s Curse to paranormal, romance, mystery, and historical fiction readers. I also believe that any other curious souls who love a well-written tale with a bit of love, history, mystery, or suspense would genuinely enjoy this book. MacKinnon crosses genres with grace and style, and it would be a shame to miss out on an excellent adventure!