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This book has lots of action and torrid passion, but what it ultimately explores is the timeless dichotomy of love and sacrifice. Mothers everywhere and across the gulf of centuries understand the impulse to try to give children everything possible, even at terrible cost to themselves to allow them to have all the advantages the mother never had. But by the same token, a home rich in material goods, but lacking in love is no real advantage either. Sinclair does an excellent job of illustrating the difficult balancing act Gwyneth performs as Rory's mother while allowing the reader to view the heartbreak Alasdair endures in his role as the drama unfolds. Each scene felt fraught with emotion as two wounded souls struggle first to remain at arms length, then to come together, then to resist each other, then to draw close again, in the complicated dance of courting that defines Highland romance at its most intense--all with the feelings of a fatherless boy complicating matters. The characters are well-drawn, with all the human frailties that capture the imagination and make them truly relatable, rather than ideal paragons of virtue, brilliance and clarity of mind. Fans of historical fiction will no doubt enjoy reading My Fierce Highlander, and I am looking forward to reading Lachlan's story in the next novel in this series.
English Lady Gwyneth Carswell is banished from her home and position by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands. Her one mistake in judgment led to her becoming pregnant in the year 1618.
Married to a brutal highland man of her father's choosing, then widowed a short time later, Gwyneth will do anything to protect her beloved son Rory, not only from the shame of his illegitimacy, but physically also.
She vows he will not learn the ways of war her clan and the bloodthirsty laird MacIrwin wish to teach him. Rather, she strengthens his mind through education, in hopes that he will one day be able to leave the battle bloodied highlands for a safe, peaceful position as a professor or some other nonviolent profession.
Laird Alasdiar MacGrath leads a neighboring clan, yet unlike The MacIrwin, Alasdiar longs for peace between their clans. He strives to end two hundred years of funding by agreeing to come in person to MacIrwin land, a peace treaty safely tucked away in his clothing.
But Donald MacIrwin laird is not an honorable man, and he ambushes Alasdiar and the men who traveled with him, rendering almost all dead.
Gwyneth, a healer, stumbles across the battlefield, and is sickened by the senseless carnage. She discovers Alasdiar gravely wounded, and struggles to decide what she should do.
She sees from his clothing that he is from an enemy clan, and suspects by the fine quality of his garments that he holds some high position within his clan, perhaps even the laird. She knows if she assists him she risks not only her life, but that of her son and the elderly healer she and Rory lived with.
But something about the handsome enemy stirs her. As she does a hasty examination, she discovers the peace treaty he carried and she knows she cannot let this peace seeking man die.
Adventure blasts off the first page, and keeps the reader hanging on and breathless clear through to the last page.
Ms. Sinclair pens a Scottish Historical guaranteed to stay in the readers' heart and mind well after Gwyneth and Alasdiar's story comes to an end.
I enjoyed the twist within this love story. Rather than Gwyneth wearing her heart on her sleeve pining away for Alasdiar's affection, it is Alasdiar who openly declares his love for her.
This warrior has his heart broken time and time again as Gwyneth rejects his offer of marriage and protection because she is determined to take her son away from the highlands and its inherent violence.
Regardless of the love she feels for Alasdiar, her first responsibility is to her son and his safety. She will scacerfice her own happiness, and that of Alasdiar's, to protect Rory.
The love scenes in this story are few, and are sophisticated, penned for the mature reader.
My Fierce Highlander is well written, with just the right amount of brogue to draw the reader into the Highlands, yet not enough to distract from the story itself. I was impressed with the detail's Ms. Sinclair threaded into this story, clothing, food, housing, attitude, and customs enriched Gwyneth and Alasdiar's journey and truly drew me into their world.
I highly recommend My Fierce Highlander, and look forward to book two in this series, My Wild Highlander.