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To Wed a Highland Bride Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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About the Author
Sarah Gabriel, a former college instructor, has a Master's degree and most of a Ph.D. in medieval studies. An experienced writer and historian, her fascination for all things Scottish and her love of the romance genre led her to write historical romance. Of Scottish and Irish descent, Sarah has traveled extensively in Scotland and England. She has studied art, healing therapies, music, martial arts, archery, and falconry, and hopes to include all of those interests (and more) in future stories. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three sons, and a Westie.
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Fairies and fairy magic play a much larger role in this novel than they did in the previous ones and in my opinion, the book would have been better with less emphasis on that realm. I also wish there had been more historical events, as in the early books. However, Ms. Gabriel's love of the Highlands came through in her beautiful descriptions of the countryside. Also, I liked the intelligent characters, their strong attraction but restraint in explosive situations and the dynamic plot. It is always delightful to learn something from a novel and this one opened windows into the worlds of weaving and geology that was very interesting. I'll look forward to future books about this family and hope they are more like her earlier works.
Elspeth MacArthur sprains her ankle on the Straun estate during a nasty storm. James takes her into his home to get her out of the weather, but they are alone. After the torrent ends, he escorts her back to her home where he speaks to her grandfather about marrying her because she was compromised. Her grandfather refuses to make Elspeth marry the Viscount because he understands first hand the fairy curse that hurts his family. Elspeth agrees to marry him if they can find the hidden fairy treasure that will break the curse.
This is an interesting Regency romantic fantasy due to the lead couple as he finds love, but she finds a reason to reject his marital offer. The story line is entertaining, but the otherworldly elements never feel as if they belong unlike the previous magical MacCarran tale (see KEEPING KATE). Still fans will appreciate the Viscount's efforts TO WED A HIGHLAND BRIDE with fairy in her blood.
James and Elspeth offer just enough contrast to one another to be interesting and as for the fairies in the story, all I can say is I wanted more!
The history, geology, and scenery was done in such beautiful detail by Ms. Gabriel that I could see things vividly in my mind! Extrememly well done!
This is my first read by Ms. Gabriel and seeing that it apparently falls under her previous two books, "Keeping Kate" and "Stealing Sophie" I intend to pick those up right away.
The bane of my existence? Waiting the typical year before the next installment. And PLEASE, let it be about Lord Eldin! =)