- File Size: 721 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Concepts Publishing (November 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CR89NQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Highland Destiny Kindle Edition
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MacKenzie Stewart is kidnapped by two sorcerers while visiting Scotland , but taken 200 years in the past to 1792 at which point they begin to explain to her she is the only hope to ending a long time curse. Of course , one abduction is not enough for one day ; Mackenzie is just starting to comprehend what th sorcerers are telling her when the carriage tyey are traveling in to reach Lord Campbell her alleged fiances' holdings when they are stopped and she is taken again. MacKenzie's, New captor Connor Macrae is tying to keep her from reaching his enemy the Campbell, but Connor has just abducted more than he can than he expected, he thought he was getting an Englishman,s demoure obedient daughter , not a strong willed 21 st Century Scottish women.
Laura Hunsaker, proceeds to take you on a beautiful journey of love, danger, heroism and discoveries of the heart!
If you like any of these components this book is a must read!
As I had mentioned at the top of the blog post, I made a new year's resolution to read a "new to me" author at least once a month. I chose Highland Destiny for two reasons. One, hello sexy highlander! And two because I follow Laura Hunsaker on Twitter. I was drawn to her because she does not clutter up my Twitter feed with "buy my book" tweets and it was her personality on Twitter that had spoke to me. So there you go. Proof you don't have to force feed "buy my book" posts to grab the attention of readers. I purchased Highland Destiny on my own and I did not get a copy from the author.
I have to preface that I am in love with Scotland and I have read a lot about the beautiful country. I've done a lot of research as well. Highland Destiny is not a historically accurate book. So once I got my head around the fact that even though I was reading about Scotland 1792, its not factually Scotland 1792. If you are able to move past that hurdle you should be fine.
The premise of Highland Destiny was a sure winner. My interest was peaked when I read that the story was going to be about a modern day woman being whisked back in time to help save some Scottish clans from a long ago curse. I really liked how the story formed and that Mackenzie was enamored by a painting of Castle Eilean Donan's former handsome laird, Connor MacRae. I may have had a fantasy a time or two very similar as to how this story played out.
As Mackenzie is thrust back in time by two sorcerers I was a bit disappointed with lack of luster with the actual travel event. One minute she is in modern times then as she passes through a hidden tunnel she is just magically back in time.
I enjoyed the tactic in which Mackenzie and Connor meet. It was amusing that there were fireworks right away. Mackenzie quickly softened and trusted Connor enough, even after having been kidnapped twice in the same day, to comfortably fall asleep snuggled against him while riding on a horse.
I didn't like how the point of view was constantly changing back and forth. A chapter would play out with details about how Mackenzie was feeling and her reactions to situations and then after a pause-break the entire scene was retold but now from Connor's point of view. This style of writing is way up there with my least favourite way to read a book. It felt very repetitive and I honestly prefer not to know everything that the other person is thinking in that exact same situation. I'd rather have the mystery of not knowing what the other person's thoughts are.
My favourite scene is when Connor and Mackenzie return back to his castle and she is trying to change into clothes from the eighteenth century. She has no idea how stays go on or what to layer on next. I loved how Connor had to help her get into the clothes. Usually we read about highlanders taking off the ladies clothes not helping put them back on. That was fun.
I am one of these romance readers that love the heroines just as much (if not even more) than the heroes. I adore books that portray the female lead as smart and making good decisions. I groan when I read a story where the plot is furthered along and conflicts arise because of bad decisions made by the heroine. My tolerance for Mackenzie was admittedly borderline. She was brave, sweet, kind and all of that wonderful stuff that makes for great heroines but I didn't care for how she made her choices towards the villain's plot-line of the story. Mackenzie would be committed in her decision, follow through with her actions and then numerous times I'd read, "This is all my fault" or "What did I do?" I would have wanted to reach into my Kindle and throttle her if it wasn't for the blatantly obvious set up.
I don't like to share spoilers but I did really enjoy the ending. The story nicely wrapped up. It left me longing to visit Castle Eilean Donan to check behind tapestries and visit the ruins of Castle Urquhart (which were actually already in ruins by 1792).
Teasers: iPod with bagpipe music, waaaaay to early to suspect that she was pregnant, shot by arrow, magical dagger
Each time I started to read, I was instantly transported to Scotland 1792; rolling greens, lochs, forests and crisp air tickled my senses. Although Castle Eileen Donan could be quite drafty at times, the romantic tension between Connor and Mackenzie seemed to keep it quite warm and cozy! Even though interruptions from phone calls, children, etc., have a way of dizzyingly yanking you back to 2011--the Highland Hussy has a knack for drawing you back to right where you were.
Originally reviewed by LolaLovesBooks for Daydrmzzz(dot)blogspot(dot)com