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Review by Georgianna Simpson
His Highland Love is a historical romance and is book two in her His Highland Heart Series The opening scene is in St. Andrews and the year is 1411.
Kenneth Brodie is our male lead. He had run away to France some years ago, heartbroken by the refusal of James Rose to let him marry his youngest daughter. The two were in love and he had offered for her hand in marriage, only to be told she was too young to marry. However, her father soon betrothed her to another clan leader. This news caused Kenneth to snap and thinking his love was married to another, he ran to France to fight in wars. He learned much and became a fierce warrior as well as wiser about life.
When Kenneth returned to Scotland, his friend and Laird Iain Brodie was angry he’d run away and punished him by sending him as the clan’s token hostage as demanded by the Duke of Albany. He was sent to Stirling, but later was moved to St. Andrews and his clan did not know where he was or when he’d be returned.
The lead female in this book is Cat or Catherine Rose, daughter of James Rose their clan laird. Her mother passed away while she was a child and she was raised by her father and her sisters. After her heart was broken by his refusal of her love for Kenneth, she was betrothed to three others…each failing for one reason or another. She always thought Kenneth would find a way to take her from here, but found he’d left for France. She’d had enough of this and still dreaming of Kenneth, she ran away. Her sisters helped her get safely away, keeping her from an unwanted marriage. She ran to St. Andrews to some family friends and left her father a note telling him why she left, but not where she was going.
That’s the basic gist of the beginning. Author Willa Blair is an award winning author and does a really good telling of the stories. Readers are also granted a small look at Highland confrontations and wars, the politics that was rampant in those times. Many Lairds married their daughters and even sons off for alliances, some worked…some did not.
If you love romantic highland stories of warriors and danger, love and honor, you’ll find this story intriguing as well as enjoyable. The characters and their motives are complicated with obligations warring with emotions. We’re treated to some secondary characters that are equally interesting and will be featured in future novels. I thought it was an interesting look at how daughters were beginning to find a way around the arranged marriage thing and beginning to follow their hearts. The sisters trying to help each other by manipulating their stubborn father was also interesting. Not that the practice of arranging marriages would end anytime soon.
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This is the story of Kenneth Brodie, Mary Catherine Rose and a love once denied, thought to be lost, but will that same love be worth fighting for now. Open up "His Highland Heart" to see for yourself, you're be glued to the pages of this captivating story of love lost, and found again. Kenneth and Mary Catherine, "Cat" are a wonderful couple, who will hold your heart!
Willa Blair writes a story that comes to life and will sweep you away on a journey from France into the Highlands of Scotland . "His Highland Love" is a romantic adventure filled with lots of twists and turns, suspense and danger. It's definitely a charming story with plenty of romance and adventure with a touch of spice to add to the lure of adventure!
Fast paced with an enjoyable cast of characters who will steal and capture your heart. I was amazed with Cat and Kenneth's journey to finding their HEA amongst the turmoil of war. Beautifully written and masterfully executed! Well done, Willa Blair!!
I look forward to the next adventure in "His Highland Heart" series.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Heat rating: Mild
Received by: AprilR
After returning from France there is trouble in Scotland so Kenneth is sent to St. Andrews as a hostage for his clan to the Regent. There Kenneth and Cat run into each other and once war breaks out they flee headed home. On the trip home Catherine tries to talk Kenneth into getting married so her father has no choice but to accept their union. Kenneth fights this plan the entire way.
This story had a strong plot that moved along at a good pace, I liked both the hero and heroine, as one didn’t overshadow the other. As a credit to the author’s writing it is easy to fall in love with the characters early in the story. I think there must be a “story” behind Catherine’s fathers no to Kenneth and I wanted to shake the man for being so hardheaded. Kenneth and Catherine were obviously so much in love. I’m looking forward to this tidbit coming out hopefully in the next book. I enjoyed the second in this series!
I received an ARC for an honest review.