Review: Highland Chieftain by Hannah Howell


book, 352 pages     Published September 27th 2016 by Zebra

ISBN13: 9781420135060               Series:  Murray Family #21

Rating 5*

Beth Matheson, responsible for protecting her younger siblings, just wanted a bit of solace for herself and youngest sister in her secret place.  However, she could not ignore the body lying on the edge of the water when she passed by.  Hopefully he was dead and she could just continue on her way, but that didn’t happen.  So with some resentment at the change to her plans, Beth did her best to help to get the very large man on his feet (or foot as one leg was badly broken) and hide him in her secret place.  He was very ill and she knew she would have to return again and again to tend to his wounds.

Sir Callum MacMillan originally thought he’d been rescued by a celestial being, yet he soon realized the slight lass had saved him from certain death.  In spite of her slight frame, he knew she was as tough as nails, but the sight of telltale marks of an angry fist on her skin brought his protector instincts to the forefront although with his broken leg, there wasn’t much which he could do to protect her let alone save himself.

***  I have to say that this was an absolutely phenomenal read – Ms. Hannah Howell has always been a favorite of mine and while she writes some of the best Scottish Historical Romances, those that happen to be connected to the Murray family are always a treasure to behold.

One of the other things that Hannah delivers and I always enjoy are the numerous characters she creates to develop her in depth stories.  Consequently, the children or Beth’s siblings – of which only one was actually a blood relative –and the many brothers that she had grown up with she did her best to protect from her abusive father.  Often times at her own detriment when she would step forth to guard them from a swinging fist.   All the wonderful children aside, Howell’s story just kept getting better and better as it continued on and Beth was arrested, rescued and discovered who her real father was along with a sweetly written romance which built slowly and ever so solidly.

Bottom line:   You will not be disappointed to read HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN and to be reintroduced to the wonderful Murray family!

Marilyn Rondeau

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