Veronica and her bestie McKenna are going to be spending the summer in Scotland in a cottage McKenna has inherited from her aunt Gracie. Veronica starts having vision of a beautiful Scottish lad named Jamie. She becomes more and more obsessed with him, especially after she learns about the legend of Doon. It seems the brig a’ Doon is right by the cottage. After finding Gracie’s journal the girls realize Doon is real. Magic rings get them into the kingdom where the meet two princely brothers, Jamie and Duncan. Jamie is the man of Veronica’s dreams, but he doesn’t seem interested. Duncan is extremely interested in McKenna but she just wants to go back to the real world and her theater internship in Chicago. They are also suspected of being in league with the Witch of Doon, who was banished years ago but still wants to destroy this magical kingdom. Will love prevail? Will the evil witch be destroyed?
I like the characters in this book. Veronica and McKenna are more like sisters than friends and that comes across. I thought Duncan was awesome and I couldn’t understand McKenna’s reluctance. There is a lot of the “I love you but I shouldn’t” type situations throughout the book between both couples. It got a little old. I really didn’t get why Veronica liked Jamie so much when he treated her like crap. I think the book was a little long for the story. Most of the action happens in the last couple of chapters when they confront the witch, but 80% of the book was romantic entanglements. I actually did like the ending even though it seemed a little strange and sudden. Not sure I’ll read any more of the books, but this one was ok.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.com and at ALA 2013.