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Highlander's Sword [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Forester
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A quiet, flame-haired beauty with secrets of her own...
Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent, until her brother's death leaves her an heiress. Soon she is caught between hastily arranged marriage with a Highland warrior, the Abbot's insistence that she take her vows, the Scottish Laird who kidnaps her, and the traitor from within who betrays them all.

She's nothing he expected and everything he really needs...
Padyn MacLaren, a battled-hardened knight, returns home to the Highlands after years of fighting the English in France. MacLaren bears the physical scars of battle, but it is the deeper wounds of betrayal that have rocked his faith. Arriving with only a band of war-weary knights, MacLaren finds his land pillaged and his clan scattered. Determined to restore his clan, he sees Aila's fortune as the answer to his problems...but maybe it's the woman herself.


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From Publishers Weekly

Against the backdrop of 14th-century Scotland, the talented Forester has constructed a highly entertaining debut romantic comedy of miscommunications and misunderstandings. Highlander Sir Padyn MacLaren stopped trusting women after his French fiancée betrayed him to the English, but when he agrees to marry Lady Aila Graham and guard her clan and Dundaff Castle, he discovers that some women have true honor. Strong-willed Aila has spent her whole life preparing to be a nun, but she gives it up to protect her clan. As Aila and MacLaren humorously struggle to find a time and place to consummate their marriage, they learn to trust each other, uncover a traitor, and discover the joys of love. Though the long-awaited sex scene doesn't justify the buildup, entertaining secondary characters and plenty of intrigue keep the reader cheering all the way. (Mar.)
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"Talented Forester has constructed a highly entertaining debut romantic comedy of miscommunications and misunderstandings. " - Publishers Weekly

"A sweet story." - Night Owl Romance

"The Highlander's Sword will keep you on the edge of your seat and unable to stop turning the page until the very end." - Romance Junkies

"A surprisingly radiant gem from a debut author." - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"I completely enjoyed the clever events... well-written and interesting. " - Fresh Fiction

"You get the romance, the tension, and a story you'll enjoy from beginning to end. " - The Long and Short of It

"The budding romance between Aila and MacLaren is beyond sweet and seeing them not only get to know each other more but also themselves was fun to read." - The Book Lush

"A lighthearted page-turner. I had a hard time putting the book down. " - Anna's Book Blog

"A great new addition to the romance genre." - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"Romance, humor and a Highland mystery all rolled into one. I'm looking forward to reading more from Amanda Forester. " - Wendy's Minding Spot

"A sweet book that made me wish I could visit Scotland. " - The Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Forester will capture the hearts of readers, especially fans of anything Scottish, intrigue and historical romance in general." - Romance Junkies

"The Highlander's Sword is the perfect read if you're in the mood for a little escape. Aye, the Highlands are calling." - The Romance Dish

"Refreshing... A fantastic debut for a first time author." - Queen of Happy Endings

"Anyone who is looking for a good, not to graphic romance novel should really pick this up." - Books Like Breathing

"The flow and ebb of The Highlander's Sword holds you enchanted till the last page." - Smexy Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402229488
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H2Z4HW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I tried this one. July 18, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't spend much time in the mainstream romance aisle of Barnes and Noble, so if I hadn't read author Amanda Forester's guest post at the Seekerville blog I might have missed this gem completely.

Lady Aila Graham's future is laid out for her. She will care for her ailing mother until she passes, then join the convent and devote her life to God. But when her father unexpectedly marries her off to Scottish Laird, Padyn MacLaren, Aila must trust that God will not leave her or forsake her. It's a good thing she has her faith to hold onto, because getting married was just the beginning of a very bumpy ride. She still needs to escape from a kidnapper, help prevent the siege of her land, and thaw the heart of her new husband.

Forester crafted a rich setting, filled it with likable, well rounded characters and threw them into an adventure that I couldn't put down. I loved the banter between MacLaren and his right hand man, Chaumont, a French knight with a spotty heritage. Chaumont nearly stole the show as my favorite character (in my head his name was Charmant, French for charming).

This book is saucier than an inspirational romance (the genre I normally read), and the message of faith is more subtle, but this book holds crossover appeal and fans of edgy inspirational will not be disappointed. Although it is a mainstream romance, there is no explicit sex (eventually the hero and heroine do get to "know" each other but it is described tastefully using pretty general terms) and there is only an occasional crude word (there are a few arses and the hero confuses his manhood with a rooster once).

All things considered, I highly encourage fans of edgy inspirational fiction to give this mainstream romance a try.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed September 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was very excited to read this book, after going through the reviews, it sounded like something I would enjoy, since I'm totally hooked on Highlander stories. When I started to read Highlanders Sword, I was taken by the story line immediately,the problem I have with it, it that
Scripture was quoted through the entire book??? reference to God, the Lord, the Almighty etc. it completely distracted from the story and changed my overall view of the book. I'm not saying I don't believe in god, but, there was no mention that this in fact is a religious book, not real a romance in the true Highlander format...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Heroine but romance moves slowly in sections April 19, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Highlander's Sword has many nice unique elements, there's a bible quoting heroine, a smart, handsome sidekick and a brave smart hero, but there's also a slow moving romance in the middle of this novel and a heroine who acts in her own words foolishly.

Instead of taking vows in a convent as she has always planned, Aila is saying her wedding vows to Padyn MacLaren, a brave highlander she has known for years. MacLaren is marrying Aila only for her dowry treasure and land, he needs both to rebuild his clan after returning from fighting the English in France.

Aila is a kind woman, but sired by a strange mother and father who have not communicated nor seen each other in years even though they live in the same castle! This to me was beyond quirky to unbelievable.

Aila and MacLaren's marriage gets off to a very rough start mostly because Aila listens more to others than herself and she is quick to make assumptions. When she is in a prayerful mode, Biblical passages speak to her and this was actually one of the attributes I liked best about her. She is faithful without being self-righteous. Aila also can be forgetful and she acts rashly.

MacLaren is honorable and he finds his wife very desirable plus he likes her. He has been burdened by the death of a clansman and he has had some treacherous dealings with women also but to his credit he doesn't vent all the injuries women have dealt him upon his wife, just a few.

The leads are separated for a good portion of the story which slowed their budding romance considerably. Initially when they were together, their romance seemed tepid, I just never felt they had a great passion until much later in the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her writing just warms the soul. July 30, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off, I want to say how much I loved this book! I find it hard to believe that this is Ms. Forester's first novel, but if you love historical romance, you won't want to miss this one. It's amazing!!

Padyn MacLaren is a Highlander who was betrayed by his French fiance' to the English. Now wearing a scar across his face from that fiasco, his heart bruised and swearing to never trust another woman again, Padyn makes his way back home to the Scottish Highlands. He had fought for five years.

On his return to his home, he finds devastation. His crops are fallow, his land has been raided and most of his clansmen have left. He immediately submerges himself into hard work to rebuild his home. But when he returned, he brought his warriors with him and Padyn knows he must have more land.

Dundaff Castle has had their crops burnt repeatedly recently and if it continues, they will starve through the winter. Laird Graham does not have the warriors to defend his land, so he sends a proposal to Sir Padyn. If Padyn marries Graham's daughter Aila, then he will inherit Graham land, and help defend it. It seems like a wonderful business transaction to Padyn and he readily agrees.

But unbeknown to Padyn, Aila was bound for the Church. She was raised to be a nun, but marries Padyn as her father orders. But when Padyn doesn't visit Aila on their wedding eve, Aila is devastated and runs away to the Church to beg an annulment. Before she gets there, she is kidnapped by McNab, a clansman who wants Dundaff Castle for his own.

Padyn and Aila are two diverse characters who emotional well being are compromised.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup she is good
This is another eye opener, and boy is that a fun read. Take time to enjoy your summer reading this book.
Published 1 month ago by Betty A. Schanz
5.0 out of 5 stars Greed produces danger
Welcome to another story of the McNabs. This time Archie McNab is interacting and making trouble for the Grahams and his new son-in-law, Padyn MacLaren as McNab, not only burns... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Psychologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for a collector
This was purchased as a gift for our son who collects knives. He tells us it is very well made and looks great.
Published 3 months ago by AZBraveheart
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Romantic history
Flow of the story-line was smooth, liked the history and most of all the romantic scenes were sensitive and not smutty!
Published 5 months ago by redwaite
4.0 out of 5 stars Highlander's Sword
Amanda Forester has written a good story in the HIghlander's Sword. I'll watch for more by her in the future.
Published 9 months ago by Claire Karas
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
Of all the books I have read, I believe this is the worse. The book is 338 pages and I am up to page 123 and the heroine has yet to have a conversation with the hero except to get... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karla Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Highlander Romances
Just about every medieval Scottish Highlander romance I have read ( which I love!) has basically had the same theme, the Scot is hard-headed and battle-harden, never knowing till... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brenda Wolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars an easy read
I admit that I get tired of characters who don't talk to each other and then things go awry. But this one wasn't so bad.
Published 10 months ago by sluggo2@earthlink.net
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I really loved this book! I especially enjoyed the funny dialogue between Padyn MacLaren and his French Knight/Best Friend Chaumont! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Love to Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, different but good
I'm giving this 4 stars, and I am picky. This is the first book I have read by this author, so I started it not expecting much. Been reading too many bad/cheap/free kindle books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Feehan5
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Amanda Forester holds a PhD in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance was decidedly more fun. Whether in the rugged Highlands of medieval Scotland or the decadent ballrooms of Regency England, her novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. Visit her at www.amandaforester.com.

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