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The Highlander's Bride (Scottish Duo)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 16, 2007
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This story opens with Sara on her knees, praying in the chapel for God to send her a husband. She has been banished by her father to the abbey because she had failed to find herself a husband, and when her father had chosen one for her, she had blatantly refused him. And now after having spent two years banished in the abbey, Sara is desparate to regain her freedom.

Cullen Longton has come to the abbey on a mission, and he will not leave until he learns the truth about his son's fate, after having just recently lost the love of his life, Aliana. Aliana's father, the earl of Balford, is a cruel man, who sent his daughter to give birth in the abbey and then ordered the baby to be killed, while Cullen had been imprisoned.

When Sara sees Cullen in the abbey, she knows that her prayers have been answered. So she strikes a deal with Cullen. Sara had secretly saved the baby, and then told the abbess that the baby had died of the pox. The nuns had allowed Sara to burry the child, since they didn't want to risk getting infected by the disease.

Sara is willing to take Cullen to his baby, if he will agree to marry her. And when he is reunited with his baby, he can leave her. That way, Sara will have gained her freedom, since she will be considered married even though her husband is away. And her father will not be able to force another husband on her, or send her to the abbey again. Cullen agrees to the bargain.

And from there on out the adventure starts, as they set out to get Cullen's son, and for Sara to get her life back. A friendship blooms between them, and sparks start to fly. The banter between them is funny and memorable, and the sexual attraction/tension sizzles. I also loved how they were honest with each other, always. The reader feels and sees them falling in love, as they get to know and learn about each other, their likes and dislikes, etc.

This was a really good read, not one dull moment in it. Cullen and Sara are very likable characters. Cullen is great, and Sara is a strong yet vulnarable woman.

However, I just found it frustrating that Cullen refused to admit his love for Sara until the last 5 pages of the book. Now I understand and admire the fact that Cullen is faithful to his love, Aliana, who had died but several months back. But the whole "confused feelings" he was having for Sara, and his indecision about the issue, just dragged a little too long.

Nonetheless, this is a very good and enjoyable read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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After reading Isle of Lies, also by Donna Fletcher, I was skeptical about trying any of her other titles. The Highlanders Bride had been on my wish list for some time so I thought to give it a try. I fell in love within the first chapter. The story is set in 1514, not really considered medieval by some but close enough for this chick. I won't give a description of the plot as it has been well written by another reviewer, I'll just give my pov.

Our heroine Sara has got to be in my top 5 favorite heroines. She is a warrior, courageous, defiant, emotional and most outspoken, a charm I love in my heroines. Her outspoken tongue is one of the reasons this book different from other historical romance novels. Sara declared her feelings for Cullen 95% of the time. There were not any misunderstandings about her feelings for him (most of the time). The great lengths she went through to assure that Cullen's son was safe from harm warmed my heart. Her good natured heart and character will quickly win the reader over. You'll be hooked.

Cullen is most interesting as well. A warrior, intelligent, fair, generous and above all, honest. Though I did not enjoy his constant declarations that he would never love again, I understood why he felt torn. He does not mistreat our heroine, only gives it to her straight about his intentions and feelings. All the while trying to convince himself that his feelings for her are out of gratitude for saving his son. He fills her with passion and in turn she makes him smile when he thought he'd not smile again. I was really impressed and enjoyed seeing Cullen blossom and progress chapter after chapter.

Mrs. Fletcher does a nice job of giving us just the right amount of romance and danger. Also, our hero is not a powerful noble but a normal highlander warrior who has a good amount of coin to weigh his pockets. They are traveling for a good portion of the book. One place in particular stands out :-) I laughed, wanted to cry and looked forward to seeing the story unfold. I don't see any promise for a sequel but I would love one all the same. HIGHLY Recommended!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2007
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This is a really good book, it made me laugh out loud! After reading this book i got some of the authors other books just as good or better. I recommend this book.
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on December 20, 2012
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I must begin with the fact that I love Donna Fletcher. I only just started reading her stories and I have been quite impressed with some of them. I love, love, love me a highlander and she is quite talented in her writing.

Although this story was good, I wasn't as impressed as some of her other (newer) books. I really loved the premise of this story. I won't get into explaining it in detail because other reviewers have already done that. I loved each of the characters. The Hero was handsome, strong, heroic, and sexy as all get out (yum!) You truly felt heartbroken for the Hero because he lost so much (the love of his life and his newborn son). He didn't know he had a brother, which he just found out about in the previous book. He fell in love with one of the characters in that book and she became pregnant. A battle with the villian broke out and she died. He thought he lost his son as well, so started to tract him to find his body. DF has a knack for making the reader "feel" the pain and lonliness he felt and you truly felt awful for him.

I loved the heroine - she was brave, smart, beautiful, feisty, and knew exactly what she wanted (and didn't want). Her father wanted her married off to a laird who smelled, was a truly disgusting person, and she didn't even like him. She retaliated so her father sent her to a nunnery until she could decide who she was going to marry OR relented and married the slimeball. If you are a fellow highlander romance novel reader, and a historian, you know that women really had no say in who they were married to MOST of the time. Well, our itty-bitty heroine refused to marry unless it was for love. She refused her father's choice and went to the nunnery (you go girl!). Well, she had two years to decide her fate and the time was coming to an end and she still didn't have her a husband. Most would question that you are probably not going to find a husband in a nunnery, but low and behold, her prayers were answered the night the Hero came looking for his son's remains. The story starts out with the heroine praying to Heavenly Father for a husband and He listened to her and provided one. hehehehe It was a cute scene where the heroine is talking to Heavenly Father and then when she sees the Hero, she is so grateful. Needless to say - an adventure ensues where the heroine took the son before he was killed by the evil ones and bribes the highlander into marrying her in order for her to reveal the whereabouts of his son. DF creates a beautiful story where the couple slowly fall in love with eachother on their way to her Father's holding (to prove she is indeed married) and to find his son. A battle arises and the bad guy is taken care of quite nicely.

The only thing that prohibited me from giving this a higher score was the fact that the Hero thinks and talks about how he can NEVER love anyone but his first love and he can't have true feelings for the heroine because of his first love. I got so tired of hearing this that a couple of times, I placed the book in front of me and yelled at the Hero to GET OVER IT! I mean - my tender feelings can completely understand his love for his first love. Okay - it was tragic how she was killed and the baby was taken away and she died in his arms. I can also understand that the Hero had deep, and I mean DEEP, feelings for her still, but for him to constantly refer to never being able to love the heroine because of his first love, it got on my nerves. It is the reason I will never read it again - it was that annoying. It took until the very end for him to admit to himself and her that he did love her. I mean - come on now! Give me something - just a little bit of something to hold me over until the end.

Anyway, this will not prohibit me from reading other books by Donna Flethcer. Some of the ones I have read recently are on my favorite-ever shelf to re-read again and again.

Now if only my real life highlander would appear.................I guess that will be hard living in New Jersey. hehehehehe Happy reading friends! :)
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on May 29, 2013
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Wow. Ms. Fletcher can really write an intersting, funny, romantic and intriquing novel. I was impressed by her plot and characters and felt myself drawn into Cullen and Sara's worlds. This is the first book that I have had the privledge of reading by this author and it was amazing. I next plan to read Isle of Lies and Love me Forever by this same author. Sara is a hoot and Cullen is a hero that you both love and hate. I felt for his situation but I keep championing for him to finally see the future that he could have with Sara. Buy the book. It is well worth the read.

Summary:

Forced to marry . . .

Cullen Longton was stunned by the news: he has a son! Cullen is now determined to find his child, who was stolen by a vengeful enemy, and has followed the trail to a nunnery in the Scottish Highlands. A beautiful, desperate woman promises to assist him in his quest . . . for a price.

But powerless to resist her

Sara McHern is a prisoner behind convent walls, where she must remain until her father finds her a husband. Cullen's arrival is the answer to her prayers--and she will reunite him with his son only if he agrees to wed her. Then passion ignites, and a marriage of convenience is suddenly transformed into something fiery hot. Cullen never imagined he would surrender his heart to this feisty lass, but as they struggle to escape the web of deceit that surrounds them, love may be the only thing that will save them.

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on February 18, 2015
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Wonderful novel that shows the depth of the love between two people who never thought to find love, or in Cullen's case to find love again. Cullen has come to the abbey that Sara is at looking for his son. Whilw questioning the inhabitants he finds that the only one who can give him the answers he seeks is Sara. But getting the answers comes with a price.

Sara has to find a husband and quick. If she does not find a husband soon her father will for her to marry someone she loathes or to take her vows. Neither outcome is acceptable to her. When Cullen shows up she knows her prayers have been answered. All she needs to do is get him to marry her, convince her father of the marriage and then leave. Then she will finally have the freedom she desires. But as she comes to admire and respect Cullen, slowly she falls in love.

Cullen never meant to take a wife. He is still reeling from the death of his son's mother and cannot imagine ever loving anyone else. But as he travels with Sara to her home, he finds himself thinking more of Sara and less of Aliana. He must decide if he can overcome the guilt of loving someone who is not his son's mother.

Great story, the second in the series. However it can be read as a stand alone novel.
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It was so refreshing to see a romance story based on truth and forth right answers and not some stupid misunderstanding that takes 300 pages to clear up. The heroine was up front and not playing some stupid games I see throughout the romance genre I read and discord because it becomes monotonous to read the same theme in every book.

The story begins with the heroine praying for a husband and lo and behold a man shows up. The heroine makes a deal with the hero. The heroine has saved the hero's child he had with another women who has died. The heroine will take the hero to his child provided he marries her and save her from a convent. The whole story centers on them discovering that you can love more than one person and finding happiness without resulting to misunderstanding and games.
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on February 19, 2015
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Excellent book a must read and with each word that is read you really are hooked, what an excellent writer! I never want to miss a book in every series and I highly recommend this book and all books by this author! Fantastic book, you will not want to put it down, I know I didn't and I wanted more and I feel that you will also! Great, Great, Book!
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on September 10, 2014
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Another great story by this talented author.
Cullen and Sara were adorably wonderful.
From start to finish I was hooked. Great story line and we see Burke and Storm that is what I call bonus.
Action, drama, suspense, sexy times, laughter, romance, and love.
Donna Fletcher does not disappoint.
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on September 12, 2014
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You did great I felt it all thanks
LOVED Sara. DAD ,,,,,,,as it is sometimes
Hard for them to say I Love You YOU put into TIME and space for me
J.L. HIGGS
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