The Highlander's French Bride: Book 5 in The Highlander's Bride series Kindle Edition
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Cathy has the precious gift of storytelling, and bringing her characters to life. They're people her reader cares about and hopes to see them come through their trials pretty much unscathed. The Hundred Years War had some monumental tales told about it--starting with Mr. Shakespeare's Henry IV and the tales of Joan of Arc. Cathy has related another one and another tale of a great, historical figure, Bertrand de Guesclin's victory over the British at Chateauneuf-de-Randon.
Cathy has written a marvelous story that keeps the reader on the edge of her seat. Will Kinnon survive? Will Melisende? And how about their love for one another? The reader is never sure until the last few pages of the novel. It's a terrific story--one I can't recommend highly enough.
Told from third person point of view THE HIGHLANDER’S FRENCH BRIDE follows Kinnon Macrory onto the battlefields of France and into the lives of French sisters Melisende and her younger sister Lucienne. For weeks, Kinnon travelled to the sisters’s farm in search of food for himself and his men, but war soon came to the small village, and Melisende found herself trapped in town aiding the wounded and dying while her sister played nursemaid, back home, to an equally wounded Kinnon. When Kinnon is charged with treason and abandoning his post, Melisende and her sister become embroiled with the soldiers only to find themselves on the run with no place to go. Years would pass before Melisende would set eyes on the man with whom she had fallen in love, but not before Lucienne embarks on a journey for herself.
THE HIGHLANDER’S FRENCH BRIDE follows two paths that will intersect years later when Kinnon is reunited with the woman he loves. Upon his release, Kinnon needs time to heal from his debilitating wounds, but is determined to search for Melisende and her sister knowing that one or both could have been captured by the British soldiers. The relationship between Kinnon and Melisende is very slow to build as the majority of the storyline sees the leading characters separate and in different countries. The reader has a front row seat as Kinnon searches for the woman he lost; and Melisende is constantly on the run –one step ahead of the price on her head.
Cathy MacRae has admitted taking liberty with the historical accuracy and honestly I would not have noticed the timeline anomalies. Because the storyline traverses France and Scotland, we get a little bit of the Scottish brogue and the French language of love. Each of Cathy’s storylines features an animal or close pet. The premise is entertaining with a myriad of subplots and twists; the characters are colorful and animated-Lucienne’s personal story is heartbreaking and intense; Melisende and Kinnon’s life experiences add maturity and resolution; the $ex scenes are intimate but mostly implied. The romance and sexual tension between Melisende and Kinnon is sorely lacking due in part to the long separation throughout most of the storyline. I will add that the ‘long separation’ between leading characters is a regular feature of Cathy’s storylines.
(The Highlander's Bride #5)
Kinnon Macrory is driven to prove his worth by fighting the English on the battlefields in France. The realities of war crush all of his dreams of heroic valor. He is an honorable man and because of that honor he spends three years in a french prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now all Kinnon longs for is the one thing of beauty in his war torn life- a young woman of great kindness and wisdom named Melisende.
Melisende de la Roche struggles so hard to stay one step ahead of soldiers who want to imprison her for helping a Scotsman wrongly accused of treason. She's finally able to find refuge in her Uncles shop until a chance encounter sends her fleeing for her life once again into the unknown. She is haunted by the friendship with the young Scotsman and she is positive that she will never see him again.
Determined to find the woman of his dreams, Kinnon returns to France only to discover a trail of clues to Melisende's whereabouts.
Their reunion will not only open the doors to passion, but half truths and lies that could destroy everything they have been fighting for.
Cathy MacRae brings you a heartfelt story that takes you back and forth from France that will finally end in Scotland. I really enjoyed the history that was in this story and of course the romance. I was a little shocked with a part of the ending and wanted to hit a character however it did end well. Ms. MacRae is superbly talented and knows exactly how much history to add to her stories. I really look forward to reading more books from this series.