Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.
But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.
Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.
I was slightly skeptical about this book but I decided to take a chance and give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised to discover characters with depth that struggled with real problems. Veronica, daughter of a mother who doesn’t care about her and a father that abandoned her, gave me another perspective on life. It was almost comforting to realize that I could indeed have had it “much worse.” Her wild, hilarious, friend Mackenna balanced Veronica out nicely and I instantly envied and adored their friendship. I was also smitten by handsome Prince Jamie.
The beautiful, vivid descriptions of Scotland and Doon created a desire to visit the country for myself. Each character’s distinctive voice and personality painted a picture in my mind and I could clearly see their interactions. It wasn’t hard to settle into the rhythm of switching back and forth between Mackenna and Veronica’s POVs. Veronica’s unfiltered thoughts and Kenna’s uncertainty allowed me to see the characters for who they are.
Some of the plot twists were confusing and I found myself trying to recall what happened. The ending seemed unnecessarily dragged out and even though the author was obviously creating suspense, I felt it was a bit overdone in that sense. The time difference between Doon and the real world was never properly explained and the characters were rather ambiguous in describing it.
Rating: 4 Stars
Would I recommend it? Yes