Claire R. McDougall

In the wake of her divorce, Maggie Livingstone leaves her native Glasgow to rent a holiday cottage at the foot of Dunadd, an ancient Pictish hill fort in the Scottish highlands, where the kings of Scotland were once crowned. There she is hoping to find time to herself to finish a post-graduate thesis on the witch burnings she started before her marriage.

But there is too much in Maggie’s past to allow for much peace and quiet: There’s her epilepsy for which a scheduled surgery might be her only chance of “normality;” there’s the recent death of her eleven year-old daughter, Ellie; there’s her teenage son, who left for boarding school when tensions at home became intolerable.

But most of all, there are those vivid dreams Maggie has in the deep sleep after seizures which make her draw only a fuzzy line between waking and sleeping. Dunadd, with its own vibrant history, starts to cross that line, and soon Maggie isn’t sure if she is only dreaming about her forays back to 735AD.

Fergus, the king of Dunadd’s recently widowed brother, certainly seems real enough to be more than a passing interest to Maggie. Sula the druidess paints quite a different picture of the pagan religion than Maggie had understood from her research. And then there is Fergus’s young daughter, who is so like her own daughter, Maggie can’t decide which world she belongs in.

Back in her own time, Maggie discovers in an ancient census that 735 AD was the year of a devastating earthquake at Dunadd. With the date of her surgery fast approaching, Maggie knows she has to get back to warn Fergus to take his daughter and leave the fort, that the era of his family’s rule at Dunadd is about to come to an abrupt end.

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Veil of Time - Pronunciation Guide

Personal Names

Bridghe - Breej (soft “j”)

Cailleach - Kay-luch (emphasis on 1st syllable)

Fergus - Fair-gus

Graeme - Gray-em

Ila - Ee-lah

Iona - Eye-oh-na (emphasis on 2nd syllable)

Ma-Khee - Mah-key

Oeric - Yo-rik

Radha - Rah-duh

Saraid - Sa-ri

Sula - Soo-luh

Talorcan - Tal-or-kun

Place Names

Dal Riada - Dal-ree-ahd-ah

Dunadd - Dun-add

Loch Glashan - Loch (ch as in Spanish “h”) Glah-shun

Moine Mhor - Mon-ye Vore

Scone - Skoon


Ainbcellaig - an-be-kay-lig

Ban-Druidhe - Bahn dru-id-e

Fraoch - Frewch (hard “ch”, as in loch)

Mo Chridhe - Moh cree

Samhain - Sah-voon


“McDougall’s poetic prose shines, as do her thoroughly researched detailed descriptions of life in the Dark Ages. Veil of Time is a worthy addition to the time travel genre.”

-Library Journal

“This is a very unique Read. Veil of Time is a thoroughly interesting, wonderfully crafted story.”

-Two Classy Chics

“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 Diana Gabaldon or Karen Marie Moning will adore this book. A jewel of a story! Veil of Time is time travel at its best.”

-Karen Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling Author

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, Battle Creek

“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, Hunger Point

“At long last a novel that features the mystical aspects of the temporal lobe epilepsy experience. With echoes of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and Daphne Du Maurier’s The House on the Strand 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, The Labyrinth of Time

“Readers will wonder up until the end what choice Maggie will make, and the bittersweet resolution is strangely satisfying. Fans of early medieval Scotland, time travel novels, romance, and possibly medical dramas will like this haunting, debut novel by the Scottish-born McDougall”

-Lucinda Byatt, Historical Novel Society

Veil of Time is a great time travel romance.”

-Night Owl Reviews