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- Publication Date: November 1, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0773NYJ1J
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Lady Nellie: Highland Magic Series (Scottish Paranormal Romance) Kindle Edition
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”Lady Nellie” was an interesting story. A Scottish Laird is sought by an leannan sith (or for those unfamiliar with the term... an evil fairy) who desires him as her husband. When he manages to refuse her despite her attempt at enchanting him, she curses him and his family. Should any of them leave their lands, they would all die. Despite this curse, which causes all the clansmen residing on the Lyall lands to flee from fear of being cursed as well, Laird Lyall, his wife, and his daughter still manage to spend a number of very happy years together in their home. Unfortunately, those happy days all come to an end when a difficult winter depletes their supplies and causes Nellie’s parents to become very Ill.
After they die, knowing that if she remains alone in her home that she would soon follow her parents in death, Nellie takes what little she can and leaves during the harsh winter in an attempt to find help and refuge in a nearby town. Just as she reaches the end of both her and her horse’s strength, they collapse within site of a neighboring castle where she is taken in and the local healer summoned.
Soon Nellie is well enough to be questioned by her rescuer as to where she has come from and how she arrived at his castle. There it is revealed that she is in Laird Maxwell’s lands. We soon learn that not only has he blamed Nellie’s family for a great deal, but that it was his stepmother who had cursed her family. He, however, does not believe that his stepmother was a leannan sith or that there was ever any curse. Nellie would very much like to flee his lands, but with nowhere else to go and still being too weak to truly leave, Laird Maxwell makes her a ward of his court.
As usual with my reviews, here I will end my description of the book so as to avoid spoiling the rest of story for you. I enjoyed the tale this book told a great deal, though it could have used a good editor. It was obvious that the text was run through a spellchecker as most everything was spelled correctly, though often the wrong word was used rather than the one that was clearly meant by the author. (For example, one that sticks out in my mind was when the word used was “indistinct” when the one that would have made much more sense was “indecent.” This type of error happens a number of times in the book, along with a couple of instances where it felt like the author changed her mind part-way through a sentence but forgot to go back & remove the part of the sentence that no longer belonged.
Even with these errors appearing throughout the book, the story did keep drawing me in and I wanted to see where it was going. I did enjoy reading it and am looking forward to the next book in the series. Hopefully that one will be a bit better edited than this one. But even if it isn’t, if the story is half as enjoyable as this one was it will still be worth reading.
Verlin Underwood takes us back to medieval Scotland in her fantasy romance Lady Nellie. The novel is a well-researched one, something I find is lacking in many independently published historical romances. I was excited to see that nobody wore kilts! I like kilts, but kilts weren't worn in Scotland until the 16th century (so all our dreams of medieval highlanders wearing kilts are just dreams *sigh*). Everything in the world-building seems to be pretty accurate, which makes it much more enjoyable to read. There were few grammar mistakes, but inconsistent naming of characters and places took some getting used to. Lady Nellie is referred to as both Lady Nellie and Lady Lyall interchangeably. Her home is Castle Burrach or Burrach Castle.
Character development was hit and miss. While parts were amazing, certain things didn't make sense. Lady Nellie is remarkably un-affected by spending 15 years with no-one but her mother and father for company. She has no trouble conversing with strangers or being in crowds or being in front of people. This is terribly unbelievable. Her upbringing would have at least made her cautious, if not fearful. The reaction of characters to certain events was anticlimactic and slightly unrealistic. The reaction of Adam to learning secrets about his step-mother (whom he loved dearly) and his father's death was so muted, they were nearly non-existent. Then there was the plague. Everybody continually harped on the plague. It shows up again and again in the story-line, even requiring travel to a meeting. And yet, nothing comes of it. What happened to the people who left the Burrach Castle before Nellie? There are a lot of plot-points that seemingly fade away, leaving the reader wondering why they were even included.
The fantasy aspect is more of a side-story until the end, which was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for more evil Fae. It seemed almost like the curse/fae part of the story was tacked on to explain a couple details and make the story fantasy. This is not a full-blown fantasy romance, but rather an historical romance with some fantasy. The story does focus on the relationship that builds between two supposed enemies, so throwing a lot of conflict into the mix would most likely disrupt that focus. Unfortunately, there seems to be a bit of fate/insta-love aspect to their relationship. This was frustrating because it was never addressed as such. However, I enjoyed watching the two come together against the odds and people who would keep them apart. Overall, not much actually happens in the story, and it seems to drag in places where Underwood got bogged down in details.
Ms. Underwood is a new author for me, and I'll be watching for more of her books. The plot is solid, the story flows well, with action that keeps you involved in the story, and characters, both men and women, that are strong, good people. Evan the villains are well drawn. Her editing and proofreading teams are excellent.
If you love good love stories about ancient Scotland, with fairies, both good and bad, and elves, this is a good book for you.
I am Scottish, I adore romance, and have a huge thing for history and magicks. What was not to love?
Seriously, this was a really fun book. It was a fast read, and the characters were researched well. This is not a bodice ripper with enflamed passions and sizzling sex. The romance is more in keeping with the time and the paranormal comes across as a natural part of the time and place. I am thoroughly impressed and am looking forward to the next go round.