Who doesn’t need a touch of Highland romance in their lives? I can rarely pass on the opportunity to read historical romance, and medieval era stories are all the more intriguing for the rarity when compared to the piles of Regency era work out there. So the opportunity to read a small collection from five authors: Glynnis Campbell, Julianne MacLean, Margaret Mallory, Laurin Wittig and Tanya Anne Crosby was an opportunity too good to pass up. Please read on for my review of
A Little Highland Romance
A collection of medieval era highland romances introduced a few new to me authors, and returned me to discover more from others I already knew. Starting with The Shipwreck from Glynnis Campbell, I’ve now found more reasons to delve into her Maids of Rivenloch series. Tension and action paired with wonderful description and intriguing characters in Brandr and Avril had me speeding through the pages to the end. Following closely (in terms of my favorites in this collection) is MacAllister’s Hope by Lauren Wittig. A reunion long after childhood puts Kieron and Fia face to face, she’s still fey and lovely, and he can’t seem to forget how she touched his heart. A wonderful second chance story that I’ve read before: as Fia comes into her own powers and skills, discovering love and acceptance along the way.
Next up for me was another ‘healer’ themed story from new to me author Margaret Mallory. Her story, The Gift, follows the healer Lily, running from persecution and witch hunts in London as she flees north. Near death, this young English woman is rescued by Roderick, who plans to take her home to the clan, hoping her skills will help the clan: he just didn’t plan on needing her so desperately for himself. The last two stories in this collection are from Julianne MacLean and Tanya Anne Crosby.
Taken by the Highlander is a story from Julianne MacLean, and starts as a respite from an ongoing clan battle, and the larger war for the independence of Scotland. Mairi and Logan are intriguing, as he is able to find a measure of comfort from his own issues and concerns, and secrets closely held. A slightly darker tone envelops this story, as Logan truly is troubled, and Mairi is both balm and respite. Lastly is Highland Song by Tanya Anne Crosby: a story of a son struggling with the need to be his own man, while bucking convention. Having chosen solitude to battle his demons, he’s determined to never wed, ignoring his own possible future of happiness until Catriona. A young woman not unfamiliar with fighting fate and destiny, she’s perhaps just the one who will bring Gavin back to the life he was meant and destined to have.
A wonderful collection full of stories to read straight through, or as quick diversions when the need to escape arrives.
Title: A Little Highland Romance: 5 Scottish Medieval Novellas for the Holidays
Author: Tanya Anne Crosby, Glynnis Campbell, Julianne MacLean, Margaret Mallory, Laurin Wittig
Genre: Historical Romance
Published on: 4 January 2016
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5 exciting Highland novellas from 5 beloved authors. Set against a rich Highland tapestry, bestselling authors Glynnis Campbell, Tanya Anne Crosby, Julianne MacLean, Margaret Mallory and Laurin Wittig invite you to kick up your kilts.
THE SHIPWRECK by Glynnis Campbell
With his wife and children dead, Viking marauder Brandr has nothing left to live for, so he sets sail on one last voyage. But when he's shipwrecked on enemy shores, he finds himself at the mercy of Avril, a Scots warrior maid with a half-Viking daughter, who takes him captive. Avril refuses to fall victim to a Northman again...never imagining that soon her fiercest foe will earn her trust, invade her heart, and enthrall her senses.
HIGHLAND SONG by Tanya Anne Crosby
Gavin Mac Brodie fears the thought of becoming the man his father was. Driven into solitude by visions of what he would not be and could not have, he vows never to wed. But no one knows better than Catrìona that you cannot hide from fate and Gavin's is about to encounter a wee bit of Highland magic...
TAKEN BY THE HIGHLANDER by Julianne MacLean
Logan MacDonald, fierce warrior and bold scout for Angus the Lion, hides a shameful secret. When he collapses, injured, at a crofter's cottage in Campbell territory during a mission for his laird, he is immediately suspected of treachery...But Mairi Campbell is strangely beguiled by the mysterious Highlander and cannot resist the desire to unearth the secrets of his darkened soul. Soon, she surrenders to forbidden passion in his bed, which thrusts her into the middle of a war--in a battle for Scottish freedom, and in a battle against the true desires of her heart
THE GIFT by Margaret Mallory
Lily's well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship. Roderick MacDonald finds a mysterious sassenach near death on a barren hillside. While he hopes her Gift can save his clan, he's determined to resist the enchantment Lily weaves on his scarred heart. Will these two obstinate souls from different worlds succumb to the magical gift of love?
MACALISTER'S HOPE by Laurin Wittig
Kieron MacAlister has always loved Fia MacLachlan, a wee fey lass he met years ago who, with her sweet smile and surprising insight, changed his life. When he comes face-to-face with the beautiful woman she's grown into, can he convince her to change her life, too?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.