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This book was nothing like what Iexpected. I really thought it was going to be some cheap, sleazy romance novelthat was over the top. Boy was I wrong! This book was romantic in a sweat,steamy kinda way that wanted more of. Full of mystery and suspense that had youeagerly turning the pages not wanting to miss a thing or put the book down tillthe end. I loved the chaos and feuding clans thatmade war inevitable and romance as well. The characters were strong alphatypes, but relatable. They drew you in to the story and left you either lovingthem or hating them-sometimes both. Overall this is a easy book to recommendthat lovers of mystery and romance will both enjoy. ~ Jenn Greene, Our FamiliesAdventure Blog
It has been a long time since I have read a historical romance and I fell in love with this book. The highlands, the thick brogue accent, the castles, and the entire story made this a must read book for me. Intrigue was woven in a fashion not normally found in many historical fiction books. Love gently grew among more than one couple while interwoven with (now barbaric) medical treatments such as blood-letting. Battles are won and lost, and the heroine uses herbs to heal wounds made of those herbs, and how she gently cleansed and sutured each wound. I also found the spirituality I read to be such a blessing, as I am fully Christian and this was pleasing to read. Well written, well woven, well researched, and I give this story five stars!
There are many historical romances that follow a nice, neat formula. They're fun to read, but you pretty much know what's coming and when and how you'll get there. I was pleasantly surprised that this story was not "cookie cutter", that it, instead, included some unexpected twists. It read like a book in which the author created characters and allowed those characters to dictate the direction of the plot. Along with the more "organic-feeling progression of the story", were a few other attributes that contributed to a sense of realism. The characters were pretty 3-dimensional, and we were not spared from the more unsavory realities of the times, like bitter resentments, plots and side arrangements for power, barbaric medical practices, and the untimely loss of people (even characters we've come to know and care for). Of course, while there was some "gritty reality", it was well balanced with love, devotion, loyalty and spirituality, so it all added up to a very pleasant read.
"A Highland Pearl" was a very interesting historical love story. The characters were well defined (the reader did not have to refer back to the beginning to recognize characters when they re-entered the scene), and they were so accurately descriptive of the Scots at that time in history. The author described the landscape and conditions so vividly that the reader could visualize the terrain and almost feel the cold wind and snowflakes. The characters' dialogs added to the authenticity of the novel. (However, it was only after completing the e-book did I discover the glossary of the Gaelic terms used. It would have been helpful at the beginning .)
"A Highland Pearl" boasts a compelling conversion story, splendid descriptions, and a story of a love that would not be ignored or denied. If you don't mind a few twists and turns and would enjoy a love against all odds story, check out "A Highland Pearl".
That this was a clean read story added to my 5 star rating. I'm looking forward to next book in the series. The story was good and kept my interest. Definitely a book to read. It was helpful to have the glossary.
I really enjoyed this story! This is the first I've read from this author, hopefully with many more to follow! Light, romantic yet clean and enjoyable to read! A bit of suspense keeps you interested, well worth my time!