Once Upon a Plaid: Spirit of the Highlands #2 by Mia Marlowe

Book Review:

Oh how I love my Scottish-themed historical romances!  The second in her Spirit of the Highlands series, Mia Marlowe brings a story that is set in Scotland and features a couple in the midst of a marital crisis as the main theme.

Laird William Douglas has been married to the woman he loves, Katherine, daughter of the house of Glengarry for four years. A solid clan leader, he is quietly confident, kind to his tenants and kinsmen and gentle with his wife.  Everything that Katherine could hope for in a husband and father.

But after all this time, when a male heir is most certainly required, the couple is childless.  Katherine has had several miscarriages and still-births, and she is heartbroken and feels inadequate, worried about what her ever-loving but still silent husband is thinking.  Knowing that he needs an heir, she decides to bow out gracefully and head to her brother’s castle, Glengarry so William will move on and take a new wife.

These two just have NO communication skills!  Well, Katherine tries, but she is afraid that he will say he needs to move on.  William is a man who is confident in himself and loves her to death, but isn’t certain what words to say. I really liked them, even as I wanted to shake them both.  William was incredibly solid and caring, you could feel and see his feelings. But, Marlowe makes Katherine’s emotions easy to understand as well, and you can feel her insecurities build, and her bone deep sadness when she left.  Emotions are on a rollercoaster in this story, and it was a wonderful ride: full of heart and life that resonate with readers today.

The first in this series that I have read, I didn’t find any missing connections nor was I hoping for more background information on the characters.  I will, however, be looking for more of this author’s titles.

Once Upon a Plaid: Spirit of the Highlands #2 by Mia Marlowe

Title: Once Upon a Plaid
Author: Mia Marlowe
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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A wife may be courted, too. . .

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great--and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won't let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he's at her father's threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved. . .

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

About Mia Marlowe

Mia's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine's Best of 2010 edition. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her books have been tapped for numerous awards including RomCon's Reader's Crown, RT Reviewers Choice and Publishers' Weekly named her Touch of a Rogue one of their 10 Best Romances!

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