If you are anything like me when looking to read Historical fiction I simply adore it when the author is able to weave in actual events of historical nature into the fiction making me think – yes, this could be very true! In Isabella and Cinaed’s case who’s to say these adventures didn’t take place. Who indeed?
Isabella was unique in that in the 1820’s she was a doctor and had passed the tests to practice medicine. Although it was generally at the side of her doctor father and later doctor husband that she would practice. Dedicated to healing she tried to overlook the Highland rebel activities she knew her husband was involved in. And it did come to pass that the rebels were rounded up during an ambush where her husband was killed but Isabella escaped with her sister and his daughter. Now guilt by association, the English authorities had set a bounty on her head. Spirited away by a friend she was handed over to a woman Anna who had no use for an English woman and if she knew of the bounty Isabella would have been turned over to the authorities in a heartbeat.
Enter Cinaed Mackintosh, a ships captain who had after being thrown into the rocks from a horrible storm then had to destroy what was left of his ships cargo and the ship before the English discovered him. Unfortunately, the people who scavenge for loot don’t want to see survivors so he was shot and left for dead. Isabella, found him and there was no way she would let a living soul perish if she didn’t try her best to save him!
The rest of the story is what you will have to read your self. Where you will meet a plethora of secondary characters whom you’ll love and hate, but you won’t forget. Highly recommended for the adventure, the fast pace, and the lovely romance. And as an added bonus a pretty surprising ending!
In an attempt to escape what was seeming like a forced marriage, Mercy Rutherford traveled to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. Unfortunately, on the last leg of her trip to see her grandmother a monster flew out of the sky and landed on her carriage. Well, not really a monster but some kind of flying machine and a very abrupt and man who was more worried about his machine than the condition of she and her maid. However, after introductions were made Ross Caithart brought her to his castle and set her maids broken arm and stitched Mercy’s gash in her head.
To all intents and purposes Ross Caithart most certainly was mad. Handsome beyond words, he’s also causing an irresistible flutter in Mercy’s stomach beyond reason. But as soon as Mercy mentioned her grandmother – Ross made the connection and made haste to get her out of his castle and up to Mercy’s kin. However, if Mercy was expecting loving arms happy to see her, she was sadly mistaken and her arrival was met with contempt and derision. All because of arriving in the Caithart carriage?
When Mercy’s fiancé Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune—and her hand in marriage. The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being an eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition—no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no?
Bottom line I truly enjoyed this novel as much as the rest of the titles this author has put out over the years. This has just the right amount of action, adventure, sensualness, and rivalry making for a fascinating read.
Lady Evina MacLean had heard all the stories describing Rory Buchanan’s skill as a healer. Now, with her father so near death she had no choice but to go and beg him to come and save her father’s life! However, when she came upon the Buchanan washing up in a waterfall, she couldn’t believe how handsome he was all naked and wet. Evina sent in her man to bring him out from under the falls when a fight ensued with Buchanan not knowing who was dragging him from the falls assumed he was a bandit. The Buchanan put up quite a struggle and rather than see her man hurt Lady Evina knocked him out with the hilt of her sword. Granted she did hit him pretty hard – but time was of the essence! Evina had to get him home before her father perished, so while still naked, he was strapped over his horse and raced back home to Evina’s castle.
Unfortunately, what Evina did not know was that she had not taken Rory Buchanan but his brother Conran. While he was not the healer Rory was, Conran did have some healing skills learned from his brother. But rather than explain the mistake, Conran just did what he knew to do and tended to her his patient and after a few hours, he had discovered the cause and proceeded to bring the man’s fever down.
*** In Lynsay Sands’ novels you will always find some feisty heroines, hunky heroes, and lots of laugh out loud moments and THE WRONG HIGHLANDER is no exception! From the ride back with Conran’s naked butt and Evina’s hand hanging on to his cheek to keep him from falling off, to the miscommunication involving her marital state and the picnic in the tall grasses the reader will experience a whole range of emotions! Adding in a plethora of lovely secondary characters also added to the total enjoyment of the read.
Yet all was not right and someone was trying to kill Lady Evina. Just when you think you know what’s going on there will be red herrings tossed in to make you think otherwise. And you can always remember that what you think is obvious is not going to be the answer. However, what you can count on is a simply terrific and engaging sensual novel that will allow a whole range of emotions to be let loose with dynamic and creative writing.
Wealthy heiress, Diana Sommerville, both beautiful and intelligent has finally returned home after overseeing her family’s diamond mines and taking care of her beloved brothers remains who had been killed in the Boar Wars in Africa. She wanted peace and solitude when she arrived at her family home, but instead she found to her horror that Rupert Lacey, the man she once loved and now loathed had moved in before her return and intended to stay!
Rupert Lacey had grown up with Diana and her brother. They were best friends and Diana was going to marry Rupert until she discovered that he had been unfaithful. However, her brother, unbeknownst to her, had left a will naming Rupert his beneficiary to share Diana’s wealth and home.
*** One can imagine the scenario’s that commenced when Diana was faced with the fact that her beloved brother had left his shares of diamond mines, a prize race horse, and her family home and properties to her former fiance! Try as she might, legally there was nothing Diana could do to wrest control from Rupert! Worse, most people assumed they had married while abroad and to keep herself from utter ruin while living in the same house, Diana had to pretend they were man and wife.
Try as she might, Diana was not immune to Rupert and the passion that existed between them sizzled. It would take honesty and truth to set them free to love again which is exactly what they each wanted should these two stubborn souls admit to themselves.
Publisher: Loveswept (January 22, 2019) Sold by: Random House LLC
ASIN: B07CR5Z599 Rating 4*
This is truly one of my favorite series by this author of the MacDara Clan who were magically whisked from the tenth century Scottish Highlands to current day North Carolina where Goddesses reigned and had tasked the family to preserve and safeguard a relic which kept humanity on an even keel. Most of the family had adjusted to the new modern world and circumstances. Only Ramsey MacDara wasn’t too thrilled and wished he were back in the old world having had a bad relationship with a “golddigger” whom he had almost married.
Archaeologist Katie Jenson happened to be traveling through North Carolina when her car went off the road and lo and behold a kilted sex god happened by to help pull her out of her wrecked car, carrying a spear, and riding a horse. Try as she might to dissuade him, Ramsay was not going to leave her so he brought her back to his family’s Highland Theme Park home. However the archaeologist in Kate couldn’t get the sight of his spear out of her mind knowing it was an impressive piece of historical significance.
*** Well as the story progressed with a wee bit of help from some family members who recognized Katie to be the chosen mate by the goddesses for Ramsay, they set off on a supposed picnic to get to know one another when Katie chose to veer from the path they were supposed to take and they found themselves hurled back into tenth century Scotland!
Being back made Ramsay pretty happy, convincing Katie that this was real and not a staged re-enactment of Medieval Scotland and they were stuck there until the ‘goddesses’ decided to bring them back was not so easy. And that was also something that Katie was not prepared to or wanted to do. Leave behind modern conveniences, plumbing and coffee – phew! This was not going to be easy for Ramsay to convince Katie that his love for her could conquer all her fears.
Bottom line, this was just a marvelous and wholly entertaining story for this series which has been so very intriguing from the very first! Highly recommended!
After a peaceful year running their Frisian estate, the main characters, Harald and Selia are called to England by Harald’s father King Cnute. Their return home is met with violence and intrigue.
Cnute, the king had vowed to Queen Emma that their son, Harthacnute, would inherit the throne, but Cnute also recognizes that the man is cruel and reckless. Many view Harald as the better choice, which makes him a target for the unseen supporters of his half-brother. Regardless King Cnute is not a fool and urges Harald to be prepared to assume the throne should Harthacnute prove inadequate. Harald resists being swept up by forces beyond his control, but doubts he will survive the reign of King Hartha. Unfortunately, there is another brother to contend with. Sweyn, and he could be an even bigger threat to Harald.
*** While I appreciated the author’s research with names and terms that were used during the period of history and his preface of explaining what they were and meant was helpful, I had some difficulty getting into the story why I tried to understand what was going on. It didn’t take that long and I did find myself totally swept up in the history and the events including scheming, murder, bribery and betrayal as the fight for power was going on. This was definitely an all for themselves kind of life as well as a very brutal time to live and die which the author brought to glorious life.
Without giving too much away, I truly was into the many facet of the characters, their strengths and weaknesses and really enjoyed reading this chronicle. Would definitely recommend all history buffs to read and enjoy!
368 pages Publication: November 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
ISBN13: 9781250295972 Rating 5*
Can’t say when I enjoyed a story more! Historical romances are my favorite and THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DUKE by Janna MacGregor was one I truly enjoyed.
Lady Daphne Hallworth was ready to celebrate the holidays with her family but all the participants left assuming everyone had a ride. At first quite piqued that she was left home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. Taking a bit of time out for a walk, she sat in the park and thought to make some notations in her very private journal, when a young pickpocket grabbed her reticule with the journal in it. Giving chase she ran into her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. Her personal journal holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?
Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land, which Daphne wanted for her Home for unwed mothers, brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him.
Lady Daphne has held a tendre for Paul for most of her life, and in spite of the conflict between her brother and his once best-friend – Daphne still held him in her heart. Amidst lots of scenarios between Daphne and Paul while he does his best to protect Daphne from ruin as her stubbornness of wanting to retrieve her journal leads her to several locations a lady never should be in, their passions ignite. And in trying to turn over a new leaf, will Paul’s efforts to help turn her brother into wanting to call Paul out!
Since her husband’s passing, Elizabeth Overfield has been thinking that she is about ready to enter into another suitable marriage. However, after she meets Baron Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party she wishes she weren’t so old. Elizabeth simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They both realize that any relationship between them, would be fruitless for she is nine years older than he.
Returning to London the following Season, both were dedicated to find more suitable matches, but they also agreed to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love.
As is with all books by Mary Balogh I immediately fell in love with Lady Elizabeth who is portrayed as the kindest and warmest kind of person whom I would want to be her friend. And Colin, of course, was the sweetest and most charming of characters so kind and caring. Bittersweet at times but really the best kind of tome to curl up with and savor the romance.
London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution, for a murder which he is being framed for. But, before the floor drops out of the gallows he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom! Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.
Except for one tiny problem! Thinking he was on his way to the devil, he had married Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher. Quinn, believing his days numbered, offered Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together. And that is where the fun begins.
One thing you can expect from Grace Burrowes are different scenarios which I have found are a trademark of this brilliant author. And MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE the first book in this new series introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family which I predict is going to be a winner!
Quinn is now an even wealthier gutter rat out for vengeance. Jane is a minister’s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation and convenience into a proper ducal union. Add to that Quinn’s two sisters, and younger handicapped brother who were just as hungry for payback as Quinn for the dastardly person who framed their brother and Jane had her hands full. With some training, albeit not in a role as a duchess, Jane had the task of turning this unusual household into a refined ducal residence as well as teaching Quinn that love and trust were part of having a real marriage.