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The Highland Wife (Harlequin Historical) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373291515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373291519
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trickle Tree VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Rob's betrothed has pulled out and his not-to-be brother in law feels guilty so arranges another match for him. Mairi is the girl chosen, willful but yet has a check on her ego. Rob is deaf and no one thought to tell Mairi. He realizes this after they wed and is scared that she may not want him if she finds out so goes about trying to pretend he can hear. His is a great romantic lead, strong, tough but yet vulnerable. His family and friends protect him and are very weary of his new bride. Most of the story centers around the couple traveling from the Highlands to the lowlands and then preparing for the attack from her cousin Randal who was wanting Mairi for himself so he could take over lairdship and have the following of the people.

I enjoyed this book a lot but would have liked it to be longer and I could really get to know the characters and I would have liked to have seen how the relationship developed. I found the author recapped way too much to the detriment of the pace of the story. Eg he loves me - next chapter - he doesn't love me - and so on.

If you like historical romances, like Cross Stitch (my all time favourite) then you will enjoy this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Silent hero, talkative woman 13 Mar. 2001
By Summer Belle - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not usually fond of the "misunderstanding" plot line - you know the kind, where there is some type of misunderstanding in the first chapter of the book. The couple then spends the next 8 chapters not explaining what really happened. They finally explain in Chapter 9 and everyone is happy by Chapter 10.
The misunderstanding in this book is a little more complex. The hero is deaf and her father fails to mention that to her. Immediately on the heals of the wedding, they are forced to flea her father's home because an angry, jealous cousin attacks the keep.
When Robert realizes Mairi doesn't know he's deaf, it's already too late. He wants the marriage to work, but his honor won't let her make the final commitment to him (consumation) until she knows the truth. But he wants to wait until he's home to tell her the truh. He is equally afraid of her pity and her scorn. He feels that by showing her how he has kept his keep and has the respect of his people will prove to her that he will be a good provider.
Without the marriage consummated, she can still back out of the marriage contract. His honor demands nothing less.
This story line worked because Robert had very real reasons for keeping his secret. He wanted her told. In fact, it was a stipulation to the marriage contract in the first place. That the misunderstanding occured was not his fault and it was something he wanted to rectify very badly.
I liked how the author dealt with a deaf hero. Especially a deaf hero in an unusual time period - Medieval Scotland. She mention a few of the signs he learned and created over the years. She even mentions how he managed to survive without his hearing and became a knight.
I liked how his honor was important to him. I liked how Mairi took the news, dealt with it in a clear headed fashion. She was a strong heroine, full of courage and passion.
This was a very good book - I highly recommend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! 14 April 2009
By DevoGirl - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert MacBain travels to the Highlands for an arranged marriage with Mairi MacInness. He thinks that as part of the negotiations, she has been told about his deafness, but she hasn't, then they are attacked and one calamity follows another and he can't find a good way to tell her. The plot revolves around him trying to find a way to tell her, and her trying to figure him out. The whole miscommunication plot threatens to get frustrating, but somehow the author pulls it off. What sets this one apart is that unlike every other "wounded hero" romance, Robert is not some aloof, cold-hearted jerk--he's really sweet and generous. And Mairi is not some sheltered bimbo, she actually shows some intelligence. Also the story is not entirely from Mairi's point of view; about half the narration is from Robert's POV, and we find out a lot about how he lost his hearing as a small child, and how his mother invented a sign language and taught him to speak and lip-read. The descriptions of his deafness are very realistic; the author indicates in the dedication that her son is deaf, which explains the realism.
The Bride of Trouville is the story of how Rob's mother and stepfather met when he was a child, and The Quest is the story of Rob's stepbrother Henri.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Secrets, Revenge, and Scotland 10 Mar. 2001
By Erica L Drysch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book because I love the Scottish historicals. I really loved this story. I liked Mairi because she was strong and independant, but also soft. I LOVED Rob!!!! He was so sensitive and sweet. I couldn't put the book down. I liked the conflict between Mairi and Thomas, it was just so funny to see them competeing for Rob's affection and attention. And the best was the way Mairi always stood up for Rob and never backed down on anything. Overall, Mairi was a person I could be friends with, adn Rob was definitely the kind of guy I could fall in love with.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great book 31 Dec. 2001
By Valencia M. Mclaurin - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first time in years that I've read a Harlequin romance novel. Boy have thing changed. I remember them being very typical with no sex. This novel not only had a great story but was also steamy. Reading this book makes me want to rethink my notion that Harlequin books are too childish. This book was better than some of the regular romance novels where the sex was tbe only thing they had going for them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Hero Who's Overcome a Signficant Obstacle 3 Dec. 2008
By Danielle "The Book Huntress" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really loved this book. I thought it was so neat to have a deaf hero, and to see how he has compensated and become a very strong, capable man during a time when people with disabilities were discounted and not even considered worthy of having their own properties and running their lives. I also enjoyed the relationship between Mairi and Robert. Lyn Stone knows how to write romantic and sensual, and interesting love stories. A must read."
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