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-I liked that the book was set in the Scottish Highlands. There were some wonderful descriptions of the location and lots of fact based history.
-I did not like how superstitious the characters were. I also didn't like many events at the Beltane festival, like the belief that the fire had protective powers and they had the animals walk though the smoke and put the ashes on each other. They also seemed to put their traditions and superstitions on the same level as God and following his Word.
"The combination of pagan customs and Christianity seemed at odd to some, but to her, it made perfect sense. The connection with the land and blessings from the heavens brought harmony to her world."
-I was surprised that Aileen didn't trust Conall with her secret, even when they were engaged.
-I liked the characters, especially Jamie and Conall. There were also some very strong and developed minor characters. I really hope the next story will be a continuation of Jamie's life as he gets older.
-Except for the things relating to the pagan traditions, I enjoyed the book.
I can get held up in books when the dialogue or unfamiliar words interrupt the flow, but surprisingly that wasn't really a problem for me with Miss Leslie's Secret. I also appreciated that when Celtic words or terms were used the author usually shared them in a way that also told what they meant.
Moore created a great setting with likable characters. The superstitions added a fun and interesting aspect to the story. The first half was more intriguing to me than the last half, and as such I didn't devour this like some of her other books, but it was worth the read.
What a beautiful story. I will warn you though, if you're looking for a fast paced mystery/suspense read with some romance thrown in, this is not the book for you. Although I'm not trying to discourage you from reading and enjoying this book, I wanted to make sure you know that the pacing is nice and steady. Steady, as in no sudden moments of intense action and then back to a slower moment, then bam, action. Steady, as in continuously moving forward at a constant pace. The story flows and moves along like a constantly moving stream. A few little rocks in its path here and there but nothing treacherous until it reaches the end of its journey and must pass through a group of boulders.
That may not be the best analogy there and truly I didn't sit down with that in my mind, it just sort of popped out. ~ok, little tangent here~ Have you seen the 2007 Masterpiece remake of 'Sense and Sensibility'? When the character of Anne is getting interrogated about what she knows about Edward Farris' relationship with her and her sister and she lets slip some important (like mega, super important info) and then her sister arrives on the scene and looks at her and says "Anne, what have you done", then Anne replies "I'm so sorry, it just 'popped out'". Love that scene and the way Anne says it! Well that was kind of me with the analogy, it just 'popped out'. ~Tangent over~
Scottish Highlands, a secret, a young boy, a young mother, a soldier returning home from 10 years at war, villages burned to the ground trying to recoup, missing family, friendship, sickness, bees, orchards, rain, mud, rain, mud, rain, rain (ok it is the coast of Scotland), animals, growing up, peril, love, ships, library, celebrations, community and sweet kisses.
I really enjoyed this read. Flawed and imperfect characters, learning and growing, teaching and helping others to become better. I loved the moments between Connall (male MC) and young Jamie Leslie. A young boy finds a confidant and teacher in a seasoned soldier who needs peace and healing. Miss Leslie, or Aileen, has her own secrets and will go to great lengths to protect them and her family. This newcomer, who is he? Has he come to tear apart her secrets or help her protect them?
The peril and danger come and it's a race against time for these characters to save each other and put to rights the mistakes of the past. Will they be too late to keep everyone safe and whole? Or will their family be broken and missing members? These characters are definitely Scottish through and through and are quite enjoyable to read about. I loved the traditions used within the story and the descriptions of the land. I always enjoy a good story from this author.
I'd share a few more thoughts but I'm running off for rehearsal and packing dinner and getting kids before this crazy week begins. I will say on my final note though, that I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cozy read.
Content: Clean. Talk of villages being burned and destroyed, death, kidnapping, and some moments of peril. Sweet romance with nothing more than kissing.
I received a copy from the publisher, Covenant Communications, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.