Once Upon a Highland Christmas: Once Upon a Highland Season #3 by Lecia Cornwall with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I have a treat – if you love historic romance or if you haven’t tried the genre yet: this is the book to start with! Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card from Avon to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall

Book Review:

Oh how I love my Scottish-themed historical romances! I’ve somehow missed the second book in this magical series – and I bought it to add to my pile of reads during my ‘blog hiatus”.. a girl can dream right?  But today I want to share about the third book, tied by setting and season and filed with the magic that is pervasive in Scotland.

Lecia Cornwall brings us two families in their own versions of identity crises.  Alanna McNabb is the sister of THE McNabb of Glenlorne, the Earl, a titled young woman with a mother who is bound and determined she ‘marry up’ into the English Society.  She desperately wants to keep her Scots identity, and isn’t particularly pleased to be marrying to head off to England.

Iain MacGillivray is a Scottish Laird of his own right, but a distant relative in England has died, and he has also inherited the English title of Earl of Purbrick, and ostensibly a fiancé, in the form of his very simpering, self-involved and snitty cousin Penelope.

With a bit of unexpected magic spells practiced in the library by Iain’s younger sister Fiona and her cousin Elizabeth cooked up to see their “true loves”, a freak snowstorm blew up and set in motion several unexpected consequences.

When Alanna is found at death’s door in the snow, miles from her home, Iain has no choice but to shelter in a small crofter’s cottage and try to thaw her out.  An injury and the unusually snowy weather require Alanna to stay at Carigleith while she heals, delaying both her wedding and Iain’s begrudgingly offered proposal to Penelope.

From the instant flash of magic that Fiona and Elizabeth experiment with, to Auld Annie the fey healer and overwhelming mother figure in the household, Cornwall imbues the story with a flavor that is uniquely felt in Scotland, a feeling that is as indescribable as it is palpable. Each character is blessed (or burdened) with personalities that bring them to life instantly. From the sweet and gentle Fiona to the protective and wonderful Annie, with Iain and Alana being wonderfully well-matched and solidly good hearted people, this is a story that will have you wanting to travel back to experience them for yourself. And perhaps to push Penelope into the loch – or off a chair, since the ‘outdoors’ is foreign to her. A lovely romance that takes the time to build complete characters and a solid sense of meant to be while creating imagery that brings Scotland to life, this is a not miss book for fans of historical romance, or those trying the genre for the first time.


Once Upon a Highland Christmas: Once Upon a Highland Season #3 by Lecia Cornwall with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Once Upon a Highland Christmas
Author: Lecia Cornwall
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it's much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn't his to love, yet she's everything he's ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Tasty Excerpt


Craigleith Castle, nineteen days before Christmas

 “Come on, Fiona—it’s the season for magic,” Lady Elizabeth Curry said to her Scottish cousin, pressing a small bundle of dried herbs into Fiona MacGillivray’s hand as they knelt by the fire in the library of Craigleith Castle. Elizabeth held up her own herbs. “See? Like this—wrap a lock of your hair around the bundle, say the words, and toss it into the heart of the fire!”

Fiona stared at the crumbling gray leaves in her palm and wrinkled her nose at the pungent scent. “Are you sure this will work? I’m not English. Besides, magic can work in ways you don’t expect. Auld Annie says—”

“Auld Annie!” Elizabeth scoffed. “What could she know of true love? She must be a hundred years old if she’s a day.”

Fiona glanced at the door, but it remained shut. “Annie has the sight,” she whispered. “And she knows more magic than anyone. Why, I once saw her heal a ewe with just—”

Elizabeth sniffed. “This is about true love, not sheep. Come on. What can it hurt to know?” She drew a pair of sewing scissors out of her pocket and raised her eyebrows.

Fiona regarded her cousin’s eager face, golden in the firelight. The rest of the room was filled with the thickening shadows of a winter afternoon. Night fell early in December, and Annie had predicted winter would come sooner than usual this year. “Shouldn’t we be outside in the woods, dancing around a bonfire or something?” Fiona asked, holding very still as Elizabeth carefully snipped one of her curls.

“It’s freezing outside!” Elizabeth protested. “Why can’t it be in an earl’s library?”

“Did the spell say so? Annie says a spell must be done properly, or it can go wrong,” Fiona said. Elizabeth’s brow crumpled for a moment, then cleared.

“What could possibly go wrong? It’s not as if it’s black magic. The spell says you must gather the herbs of midsummer, dry them, tie them with a lock of your hair, and burn them on the feast day of St. Nicholas. That’s today. As long as the words come from your heart, then your wish is sure to come true.”




About Lecia Cornwall

Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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