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The bone-chilling dampness of Scotland and the crackle of a hearth fire are nearly palpable in Coffman's (The Italian, etc.) atmospheric 18th-century Highland romance. Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to the narcissistic English Lord Rockingham, legendary French beauty Sophie D'Alembert, granddaughter of Louis XIV, slips out of the country on a boat bound for Norway. Her circumstances change abruptly when the ship gets caught in a storm and wrecks off the coast of Scotland. Nearly dead from battling the frigid seas, Sophie is rescued by a gallant young Scotsman who entrusts her to his imposing older brother, Jamie, the earl of Monleigh. Uncertain of the earl's political leanings and unwilling to be sent back to France or to Lord Rockingham, Sophie feigns amnesia. Jamie mistrusts Sophie, but he's unable to resist his growing attraction to her. It soon becomes apparent, however, that the couple can't avoid Rockingham indefinitely. The manner in which Sophie and Jamie finally overcome Rockingham will make some readers raise their eyebrows in disbelief, but the events leading up to their confrontation are compelling. This lush, well-told tale will remind readers why the Highlands are such a popular and superb setting for romance.
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This sweeping historical romance set in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie provides the reader with an intimate glimpse of the life of French, English, and Scottish aristocracy. Sophie, granddaughter of the Sun King, is the beautiful and resourceful cousin whom Louis promises to the detestable English duke of Rockingham in exchange for the duke's support against the English king. When her bid at escape fails and she is shipwrecked on the coast of Scotland, landing in the care of Jamie, earl of Monleigh and chief of Clan Graham, she pretends amnesia but finds herself in a trap of her own making when she falls in love with Jamie. Some jarring moments occur when Coffman uses quotes from time periods well after this story takes place and switches from a Scottish brogue to modern-day English, sometimes within the same sentence, but overall this is a fast-paced tale of adventure, intrigue, lust, betrayal, and, finally, redemption through love. Lynne Welch
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Product Details

  • Series: Mira Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778323919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778323914
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on November 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tavish Graham thinks he has found a dead woman when he finds a naked form lying in his way. However, Sophie d'Almbert is very much alive and intriguing. She is also a problem he does not want, so he turns her over to his brother James, the Earl of Monleigh. James is not as put off by the lovely foreigner as his brother. Rather, he finds himself all too attracted to her. Since her memory is apparently gone though, for all he knows, she is a commoner, too lowly to even consider marrying. Even if she were high born, Sophie is not the woman he is engaged to marry. She might make a suitable mistress, and that is an idea that appeals to him greatly.
Sophie hides her secrets behind the cloak of amnesia. She is not a low born woman, but a member of the French Royal family, on the run from an unwanted marriage. Her fiance is hot on her heels and Sophie might have to sacrifice herself to him to save the people who have given her refuge and love.
*** Daring escapes and mystery fill this book. James and Sophie share a passion that defies all practical considerations. Not only that, but Ms. Coffman creates a panorama of secondary characers who could easily continue her saga. ***
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1740 Scotland, Tavish Graham finds the unconscious, almost naked, body of a beautiful woman. He knew with the cold fog coming that he did not have enough time to take the half drowned lass to the family castle. Instead he travels to the nearby Danegaeld Lodge, his grandfather's abode where currently his brother, James, the Earl of Monleigh and chief of Clan Graham, has gone to for some rest.
The French lass Sophie d'Alembert fears her strange surroundings as much as she is frightened of her host. She hides from James her true identity as the granddaughter of
French King Louis XIV and that she is a pawn being used to marry the abominable English Duke of Rockingham. As James and Sophie become acquainted, they fall in love though he believes she hides much of the truth from him and she feels guilty for doing so. Although she soon trusts him, Sophie fails to reveal who she is before James learns the identity of her grandfather. Now he does not trust the woman he was willing to risk the wrath of two kings to keep at his side.
Eighteenth century Scottish romance readers will want to peruse THE HIGHLANDER, an exciting tale that never slows down from the moment Tavish finds a seemingly dead Sophie on the shore. Though the setting has been over used, the French lass provides freshness as her apparently more cultured society clashes with the rugged Highland lifestyle. James and Sophie are a delightful duo struggling between a growing love vs. duty and secrets, which means that fans will enjoy Elaine Coffman's latest historical.
Harriet Klausner
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Whitney Wall on December 1, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our story begins in the mists of 18th century Scotland, when a muscular rogue happens upon the nearly nude body of a beautiful young girl while attempting to enjoy a scenic horseback ride along the beach. Rather than clomping brutally over the unconscious girl's skull and continuing on his merry way (which would have been decidedly more interesting a tale in two or three paragraphs than the entire remainder of the book in itself), the burly stranger picks up said stranded maiden and deposits her at his brother's castle (which is conveniently devoid of other family members, servants or attending staff of any kind). Our lean, mean, kilt sporting hero's handsomeness is rivaled only by that of his rich, powerful sex machine of a brother - James "Jamie" Graham, the Earl of Monleigh. Given the circumstances, it's no surprise that Sophie - our shipwrecked maiden, formerly on the verge of death - and Jamie fall madly in lust with one another and engage in many hours of hot copulation inside the cavernous (and oddly empty) castle. Sadly, their sexual bliss is short lived, as Sophie refuses to divulge the secret of her true identity and feigns amnesia (poorly), causing James to mistrust his sultry French paramour at every turn. Even when it's beyond obvious that he is wrapped tightly around her little finger, Sophie continues to hide the truth from Jimmy for no reason other than to create needless drama (girls are so predictable). She is finally made to suffer the consequences, however, when the earl's jealous ex, Gillian, brings to light her horrifying secret. Sophie D'Alembert is none other than the granddaughter of Louis XIV, the Sun King! (I'll wait a moment here while you try to figure out why, exactly, this is so tremendously shocking. Go ahead.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leila Shogaei on November 20, 2004
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Although I found the situation in this book quite unrealistic, and some characters left undeveloped. The Story of Sophie and James was one of fantasy and not reality. We all would love a tough guy who becomes exteremly passionate at the sight of us. The tall dark handsom stranger who is commanding, educated and refined, although such a man probably can never exist because of the nature of life and times. It is always nice to imagin. lets face it we all would have loved to been in Sophies place during some of the pages of this book. it is a classically cheezy romance a pink novel if one were to call it as one of my guy friends stated when he saw me reading it. If ever a man like Jamie Graham did exist I would have loved to have been his Sophie. This book turned me onto the Historical Romance Genere.
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