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I got this from ebooksforreview.com. I love historical fiction and this one falls under the same genre. This is the second book that talks about Scotland and the Scots that I have read one after the other. Yes, imagine kilts and tartans. Accents that are a bit hard to understand and highlanders. All that are in this story.
This story will take us back to Scotland in 1761. Yes, that far back. A time when clans are in play and England is trying to takeover the Scots. Katherine is about to meet her future-husband Laird Collin McDonald. She was promised to marry this Scottish lord whom she hasn't seen before. She can't seem to refuse because a settlement will be give to her family in return, which they badly needed at this time.
I was imagining my reaction if I were in Katherine's place. Would I runaway or face my future bravely, even with dread? I don't think any girl would fancy meeting her future-husband on the day of the wedding itself. I don't think it is romantic at all. It is very scary. Lucky for Katherine, she is not marrying a total stranger after all. In fact, she might just be marrying her sort-of childhood sweetheart.
I love little Katie! She is just full of spunk and so brutally honest. I really liked the first thing he said to young Collin--I will wipe my grandpa's face and now, you can apologize. You should be nice. A very smart thing to say for such a very young child. I didn't think words like that would come from such a young mouth. And the rest of the her words were cleverer still. I would love to adopt little Katie for her being honest and direct. We all could take lesson from her.
Collin, on the other hand, is an epitome of a gentleman. He kept his promise, even if it meant putting his life in danger. He would protect Katherine with his life until she would claim what is rightfully hers. Her claim to her Scottish heritage is not going to be easy but Collin will make sure that the promise he made to Katie's grandpa will be done, for it would also mean the peace for all of the clans in the Scottish highlands.
I also love the about Katie's special ability. It added more appeal and magic to the already mysterious highlands and moor.
I give the book 4.5/5 tartan colors. A tartan stands for a clan, or like the colors of a Scottish clan. According to wikipedia, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed. Like in the story, a tartan is sort of an emblem for each Scottish clan. It is very important. I learned a lot of the Scottish culture from the story. The Scots are very brave and loyal people. And it isn't a wonder why until today they may seem like a separate race from the Brits.
I will give you my heart at the rising of the moon and the settling of the stars. To love and honor through all that may come.
- Michelle Paige Holmes, Yesterday's Promise -
This is a voluntary review. I was gifted a copy.
The opening of this book was a great start, intense and setting up the main characters as well as showing a little bit of the struggle that would await them in the future. I loved how the author wrote the chapters. We'd get a little flashback to young Collin and would start to see his growth and gave the readers a better understanding of his life and why he is a little brusque(ok maybe a lotta brusque) when we finally see him when he's older.
And Katie, oh Katie. Her opening scene with the painting and finding out she's to be married. Then choosing to move forward with what fate has in store for her. Meeting all these crazy and big and loud and foreboding Scottish men. Knowing she must leave her life in England behind to go with her soon to be husband. Without knowing anything of the brewing and underlying hatred and clan wars and history. Oh my word. I was hooked! If I keep saying that just bare with me because I was. When I started reading this, I was camping in the mountains. I would play hard all day then at bedtime snuggle into my sleeping bag and open up the book in my kindle app and would read and read...then crash and fall fast asleep. I tried to keep my eyes open so I could read more because I wanted to KNOW EVERYTHING.
Katie and Collin have a unique relationship, one you could almost say was a second chance. Their two clans, the Campbells and McDonalds have always been at odds against each other and Katie and Collin marrying each other(arranged marriage) isn't helping. Yet they must do all that is within their power to heal the rift and bring security to their struggling clans who have been torn apart by war after war after war. Take a chance and read and enjoy this one!!! While I sit patiently waiting for the next book in a few months. I might just need to reread this one right before the next book comes out. Hee Hee!
I would call this a sweet and spicy clean read.
Content: Clan fights and feuds, battles, death, attempted rape, mild innuendos. Nothing was overly graphic.