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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061234974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061234972
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,937,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Gabriel, a former college instructor, has a Master's degree and most of a Ph.D. in medieval studies. An experienced writer and historian, her fascination for all things Scottish and her love of the romance genre led her to write historical romance. Of Scottish and Irish descent, Sarah has traveled extensively in Scotland and England. She has studied art, healing therapies, music, martial arts, archery, and falconry, and hopes to include all of those interests (and more) in future stories. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three sons, and a Westie.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on January 26, 2009
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This book was a little different from other Highland Romances that I've read. For a start, it wasn't about sword-fights and reiving but instead about whisky distilling and smuggling. The author has clearly researched the making of whisky and infodumped quite a lot of detail at times throughout the book.

It is also, of course, a romantic story. Fiona MacCarran needs to marry a wealthy highlander (a request in her grandmother's will) and so travels to Glen Kinloch to teach at the school there and hope that a rich highlander happens across her. Dougal MacGregor, laird of Kinloch, does happen across her and he is a highlander - but unfortunately not wealthy. In fact he's heavily involved in smuggling whisky in order to try to earn enough money to buy his land back from the Crown. When the schoolteacher arrives he is instantly attracted to her but her brother works for the excisemen and so he tries to persuade her to leave. But Fiona isn't willing to be persuaded; she wants to find out more about highland fairies and she likes the village. Can they have a future together?

This book was a bit of an oddity in terms of pacing. The initial chapter consists of Fiona and her brother Patrick explaining their situation to each other (to inform the reader) and felt a most unnatural conversation. After that great tranche of information is given the book slowed down considerably and meandered around as Dougal and Fiona met each other, kissed each other and Dougal tried to persuade her to leave. Fiona meets various MacGregor people, all of whom are involved in smuggling and seem pretty brazen about it. With various mentions of fairies and fossils the story trudges on until the rather unlikely final scene where Fiona is in some danger.
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Ok this book has some great elements that I enjoyed. It made me want to travel to Scotland to view the landscape , hear that wonderful accent and check out the cute highlander. I like the characaters but - - in the end I just didn't have a strong connection to them. The concept is that Fiona MacCarran must marry a wealthy Highlander and draw a picture of real 'fairy' help fullfil her Grandmother's will. She goes to the Highland to teach and finds herself attacted Dougal MacGregor a whiskey smuggler... It was a good enough read, that I finished it and but something was missing...

If you are looking for a novel with a Scotlish theme , I would suggest any of the books by these authors; How to Abduct a Highland Lord, The Runaway McBride,MacGowan's Ghost
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I appreciate that this was a different highland story. I like the whole whiskey smuggling angle. I found it a little chaste and the requirements of the will a little silly, but overall thought that the book was okay. It seemed that there were a lot of subtext unexplored, but I thought that the book was written nicely.
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I loved the first book in this series (To Wed a Highland Bride) and waited for this book to come out. However, it is not as good as the first book. There is not as much depth nor is there as much development of the storyline that is supposed to link the 2 books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 2, 2009
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In 1823 Fiona MacCarran understands her late grandmother's strange will that she must meet if she is to inherit, but also believes she will not be able to meet the conditions. Her grandma wants schoolteacher Fiona to marry a wealthy Scotsman so that she leave the classroom and paint portraits of fairy.

Fiona is attracted to laird of Kinloch, whose children she teaches. However, she knows Dougal MacGregor may be a hunk but is not remotely affluent; in fact she believes he is a whiskey smuggler avoiding the excise men like her cousin.

Dougal feels drunk with desire for Fiona, but knows he must ignore his feelings. He fears what she can learn about his clan's "fairy whiskey", especially the smuggling activity that could if revealed could endanger his villagers. However, when the locals get in trouble, Fiona joins Dougal rather than her blood kin to help keep them safe.

From almost the beginning readers will see how Fiona thinks differently than her brother Patrick when they rock climb and hear a noise that she says is fairies while he insists it is smugglers. That sets the tone of a whimsical engaging historical romance with a wee bit of the paranormal and some late suspense. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the caring laird sees the beauty through the highland mists and never slows down as they fall in love while she wonders if her hunch is right that he leads a smuggling operation. THE HIGHLAND GROOM is a winner as it asks whether doing the right thing to care for the locals should supersede the law that has wider applications.

Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

Susan King is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 20 historical novels and novellas, each one praised for historical accuracy, storytelling quality and lyricism. She also goes by the pen name of Sarah Gabriel and as Susan Fraser King. Her first novel, The Black Thorne's Rose, was published in 1994, followed by many historical romances written as Susan King and as Sarah Gabriel. As Susan Fraser King, she is the author of Lady Macbeth: A Novel, and Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland, published in hardcover and trade paperback from Random House. Many of her backlist novels are now available as e-books with more releases planned. A founding member of the successful author blog, "Word Wenches," she holds a graduate degree in medieval art history and lives in Maryland with her family.

Learn more about Susan's books and e-books at www.susanfraserking.com, www.susankingbooks.com and www.wordwenches.com.

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