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Highland Storms [Paperback]

Christina Courtenay
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1 Nov 2011
Who can you trust? Betrayed by his brother and his childhood love, Brice Kinross needs a fresh start. So he welcomes the opportunity to leave Sweden for the Scottish Highlands to take over the family estate. But there's trouble afoot at Rosyth in 1754 and Brice finds himself unwelcome. The estate's in ruin and money is disappearing. He discovers an ally in Marsaili Buchanan, the beautiful redheaded housekeeper, but can he trust her? Marsaili is determined to build a good life. She works hard at being a housekeeper and harder still at avoiding men who want to take advantage of her. But she's irresistibly drawn to the new clan chief, even though he's made it plain he doesn't want to be shackled to anyone. And the young laird has more than romance on his mind. His investigations are stirring up an enemy. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what he wants including Marsaili even if that means destroying Brice's life forever ... Sequel to Trade Winds. Trade Winds was short listed for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011.

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906931712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906931711
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England, she is half Swedish and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan and she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East and other parts of the world.

Christina is a committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association (currently their Chairman). She has won three of their prizes - the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy for a historical short story in 2001, the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2006 and the RoNA for Best Historical in 2012 (see below).

Her debut novel Trade Winds was short-listed for the Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, received the Best Historical Fiction prize for the Big Red Read 2011, and her third novel, Highland Storms, won the RoNA (Romantic Novelists Association Award) for Best Historical Romantic Novel 2012. The Silent Touch of Shadows (time slip) won the Festival of Romance award for Best Historical in 2013. The Gilded Fan is shortlisted for this year's RoNAs in the Historical category, while New England Rocks is shortlisted for the RoNAs in the YA category. As well as her novels, Christina has had four Regency novellas published, all available in Large Print, three of them released as ebooks.

Her hobbies include genealogy, archaeology (the armchair variety), listening to loud rock music and collecting things. She loves dogs, reading and chocolate.

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~~~This sequel to Trade Winds is passionate and engaging, with some amazingly evocative descriptions of the rugged Highlands. A great winter read. 4 stars. ~~~ --Star Magazine
--Romantic Novelists' Association

**Winner of the 2012 Best Romantic Historical Novel of the year award (RoNA).** --Romantic Novelists' Association

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a scrumptious read 10 Nov 2011
I have just finished reading Highland Storms.
I suppose there are a few stereotypical characters - the bad man, the beautiful girl, the handsome, well muscled hero who can ignore any injury, no matter how painful.
There's the boy meets girl but neither of them are willing to admit they have fallen instantly in love... boy thinks he's lost his girl; girl thinks boy doesn't love her anyway..... bad man ends up..... (well I'm not divulging that bit!)
But to bake a quality cake you need a favourite recipe, and I can assure you, Highland Storms is fit for a Baker's Masterclass.
It has all the right ingredients required for a scrumptious read - and the icing on the cake is Christina Courteney's wonderful ability as a writer of historical romance.
Highland Storms - highly recommended!

(Note: the author is known to me: however, this is a genuine personal review of a book I enjoyed reading)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly satisfying read 27 Mar 2012
Some years ago I read Diana Gabaldon's novel "Cross Stitch", and since then I've been searching for an equally well-researched historical novel set in the Scottish Highlands. "Highland Storms" has the same ingredients. The romance between Brice Kinross and Marsaili Buchanan is expertly woven in between the drama of the history - the punitive treatment of the Scots in the years after the Battle of Culloden, every day life at an 18th century Scottish castle, and all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Highland setting. I could almost smell the heather, feel the cool waters of the loch on my skin, hear the cattle lowing in the fields. Well worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books you wish you could fall into 24 Feb 2012
By Anon
This is such a thrilling twist on a well-loved plot!
The main character, Marsaili, is introduced to us when a pursuer comes knocking at her door. Although the phrase, "They never give up, do they, boy?" passes in the first few lines, after several pages you realise what a sweet and lovable character she is.
Then there is the dashing Brice Kinross, who was previously seen in "Trade Winds" as a baby, (but you don't have to read that to understand this novel), an affected, but independent young man with a clear head.
Almost naturally, the two connect when he comes back for the first time since childhood, to visit his debilitating family home, where she works.
This isn't just a romance story however, it also includes some historical aspects, introducing the political intrigue of the time, involving revolts and a Jacobite pretender.
Dangers are faced and...well you have to read on.
This book is brilliant! Definitely worthy of the five stars I have given it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highland romance and adventure 22 Nov 2011
By DizzyC
Brice Kinross - even the name just oozes hero status - travels back to The Scottish Highlands from Sweden to claim his estate, Rosyth, with his father blessing. The Jacobite family fled to Sweden during turbulent times, but now Killian is concerned that all is not well on the estate and it is time for his son, Brice, to take the reins.

Brice is such a strong man, kind and caring towards all of his townsfolk. He is not happy to find his family estate in such conditions and sets about improving standards for all who live on the estate and make Roysth thrive again.

Mr Seton - Estate Manager at Rosyth. Mr Seton is not going to give Brice a warm welcome. In fact, he is going to be trouble for him and is not going to let anyone get in the way of his plans. His sole control of the estate has seen the estate go into dis-repair and money troubles.

Marsaili - the young housekeeper at Rosyth. There is more to this young woman than her beauty and position in the household. She is not interested in the many suitors who try to win her over, but there is something about Brice.

I cannot forget to mention, Liath, another hero in this story. Loyal and faithful. I don't want to give anymore away about him.

This is the second novel by Christina Courntenay that I have read so I had high expectations from Highland Storms. Christina did not disappoint. She takes us back to 1754 in the remote Scottish Highlands, just as life is beginning to settle after the Jacobite uprising of 1745.

I enjoyed seeing how Brice went about winning the trust and support of his townsfolk, and Marsaili, after years of neglect at the hands of Mr Seton.

Plenty of romance and adventure in a remote location had me willing Brice to overcome the problems he faced.

This is a sequel to Trade Winds but can be read as a stand alone adventure.

Loved it!

5 out of 5!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and absorbing 8 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read Christina Courtenay's previous novels and loved them, so was thrilled that Highland Storms didn't let me down. I was really swept away by it. It was a Sunday and I actually had work to do, but once I picked this book up, the last urge to work left me.

Brice is a great hero and the plot moves along all the time, never allowing my interest to flag. The background is authentic and convincing and I feel as if every historical detail is correct. I could almost see the Highlands as I read.

Can't wait for the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Scottish romance 11 Dec 2011
By Lally
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I've loved all Christina Courtenay's work and think this is her best novel yet. The handsome, blond hero is gorgeous, the fiery, beautiful heroine is the sort of woman with whom any female reader could identify, and both are totally believable characters. I found myself desperately wanting everything to turn out well for them.

What made this book for me, however, was the setting. Scotland just after the '45 was a troubled and dangerous place, and I got a sense of history as I read - I could hear, see, feel, touch and taste the story, see the barefoot, ragged children, smell the peat smoke, feel the cold water of the loch, hear the soft, lilting accent of the Scottish heroine. So Christina took me there, and I lived the story.

I'm looking forward to reading her next novel - set in Japan, or Scotland, or somewhere else? Wherever Christina takes us, she'll make us feel we're there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
pretty good for a used book .looking forward to a good read.!
Published 6 days ago by helen evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious
Well developed protagonists; they jump off the pages. Good story-line, with enough plot to stir the senses. Well deserved award.
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Published 17 days ago by Mrs M A Forward
5.0 out of 5 stars Christina Courtnay has written yet another hit with me
An excellent read. All the characters were so well portrayed and I had trouble putting it down. I wish Christina Courtnay would now write another book continuing the family saga. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sheila Braben
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Another great episode of the Kinross family, a story you can't put down or get enough of.
Published 1 month ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I have found a new author!! Very exciting you can easily loose yourself in the story!! I have 2 others but cannot get the last one in this trilogy! Monsoon Mist so help!!
Published 1 month ago by sandra julie pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Highland Storms - to the top of my best read books
Loved the book, characters, setting, plot where great. I hope there is another book to come what a great book saga this. I will definitely be reading more of this author. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars a delicious escape
I enjoyed this book from the start. The characters jumped off the page and into my heart. It's a delicious escape.
Published 9 months ago by Ellizabeth Fenwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Good easy reading , could'nt put it down until I had finished reading it, enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel.
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