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The Highlander's Bride (Highland Trouble) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2015
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"The Highlander's Bride, the first in Amanda Forester's Highland Trouble series, has all the trappings of an old-fashioned romance with some delightfully feminist twists thrown in... Forester has brought together an exciting setting and period in history, fabulous clothing and hairstyles, and an action-filled plot, but the greatest joy of The Highlander's Bride lies in the relationship between the two lead characters. " - BookPage
" Colette finds herself, her true self, on the arduous journey to Scotland. She finds depths and reserves and strengths she never knew she had...And an adventure is always more fun with a beautiful man in a kilt beside you." - Heroes and Heartbreakers
" A good lazy weekend read I would suggest." - Smexy Books
"Forester (A Winter Wedding) keeps the effortless plot moving at a swift pace. Readers will be mesmerized from the very first page. STARRED Review." - Publishers Weekly
"Forester's wonderful medieval romance is driven by her strong and appealing characters. The fast pace and exciting adventures keep readers captivated, while the lovely romance enchants and delights. Another winner from Forester. 4 1/2 Stars!" - RT Book Reviews
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In the midst of fighting among the French and English, Sir Gavin Patrick (a Highland mercenary) saves the life of the duc de Bergerac. In thanks for this great feat, the duc decides that his daughter, Marie Colette, shall be given over to Gavin... to be escorted to her betrothed in Scotland. Tricky duke, tricky. I'm so glad we don't have to deal with these issues today as I don't think I could go through with marrying some unknown stranger who is likely an old man shopping for a young wife.
Marie Colette is a renowned beauty, and she has been strictly raised to be seen and not heard, and to serve her father in the only way a daughter can - with her beauty, poise and decorum. Colette has been raised by her four ladies maids who are all approximately twice her age. They constantly chastise Colette and she is never allowed any freedom or spark of life. I cannot imagine a life such as this and my heart went out to Colette because she must have been screaming on the inside. I mean good grief, she wasn't allowed to laugh or show any facial expression! I definitely don't have the temperament to deal with that! Colette's greatest desire in all the world is freedom, but she remains steadfast in her duty to her father and people to travel to a new land and marry the unknown Baron Kintail.
Sir Gavin is instantly struck dumb by Colette's beauty. Though her decorous behavior quickly leads him to believe that she is cold and unfeeling. However once Gavin and Colette set out on their adventure, their growing attraction is hard to fight.Read more ›
First, there isn't much conflict to speak of. Gavin and Collette must travel to Scotland where Collette's affianced husband awaits her dowry. That's it. That's the big "problem" of the novel and the rest simply centers around their journey. The sole emotional conflict is Gavin and Collette trying to come up with five hundred and one excuses why they can't be together. Which I realize this is a typical part of most romance novels, but it should never be the *only* emotional conflict.
Secondly - and this is the big sticking point with me - Gavin, Collette, and many other's characters' actions seemed to do little else than fulfill whatever was needed to make that scene's plot point happen. There are numerous times throughout this novel where a character, usually Collette, is speaking vehemently against "point A." Then another character will show up and make a flimsy case for "point A." Suddenly, the first character has changed their mind and is now a firm supporter of "point A." A more specific example: Collette and one of her maids Pippa need to hide in the woods while Gavin explores a castle.Read more ›
Let's set the scene. Gavin is a highlander warrior in France making his fortune and showing his mettle by helping the French fight their common enemy, the English. When he saves the life of duc de Begerac, he is invited back to the man's home where he finds out he is to escort the duc's daughter to Scotland to meet her betrothed and marry him. Lady Marie Colette is the said daughter and unhappy at having to marry an old man she's never met. But she must do her duty and so she packs her things, and companions and heads out with Gavin on an adventure from France to Scotland.
What I loved about this story was the setting and history. The detailing is fantastic and well researched. The scenery came alive for me with the rich details. And the author was true to the cultures and traditions, especially the hold the church had on people in those days.
What didn't work for me was the characters. I just never engaged with them enough to actually like them or care about what happened, especially with Colette. The conflict while simple (Colette is engaged to another man) felt contrived and drawn out in places where the characters could have progressed. This meant I got frustrated and kept putting this book down and it took me longer to read than usual.
Saying that, I loved the historical aspect of this story enough to want to read this author again. If you enjoy historical romance, then by all means give this a go and make up your own mind.
Disclaimer: This book was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Great story. The characters are so real it's like your right there with them.Published 5 months ago by Patti
This is book 1 in the Highland Trouble series.
For years, Sir Gavin Patrick, has been fighting in France. Read more
What an amazing story. The turmoil the two waded through was extensive. The turmoil they put themselves through trying to deny their love and do what they are honor bound to do is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Indian Girl
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy
What a delightful read! Read more
This is the first time I've read one of Ms Forester's books and I really enjoyed it. I love all "Highlander" books and this was right up there. Great read!!Published 9 months ago by Barbara Capuano
Since I loved Ms. Forester’s Highlander series (The Highlander’s Sword, The Highlander’s Heart, and True Highland Spirit), I was thrilled to receive an ARC e-book via NetGalley for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by FromTheSouth
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Sir Gavin Patrick is ready to leave France and go home to Scotland. Easier said than done. Read more
Forester quickly & easily takes readers back in time with this exciting novel. The historical accuracy mixed with the sense of adventure was great. It really drew me in. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonel