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Part three of the MacGregor's' saga... comforting romance
on 4 October 2010
After reading the first few books in the MacGregor's saga, I put this one to one side for a while, as it features a story about bolshy patriarch of the family, arrogant Scotsmen Daniel MacGregor. Constantly, throughout all the other books, he has been a commanding and rather irritating presence with his booming laughter, stereotypical scotch drinking and matchmaking, so it was safe to say I wasn't overly looking forward to reading an entire story about him! As is the case though, once I've usually started a series of books, I'll finish- and I was actually a bit surprised in this case that I didn't detest this quite as much as I'd thought!
This book contains the two classic silhouette stories `For now, forever' and `In from the Cold.' The first one features Daniel's story, and how he met Anna, his wife and mother of his children, all of whom have featured in previous stories in this saga. It did irk me a bit most of the time- Daniel is incredibly arrogant and blatantly sexist, but at least Anna stands up to him in parts. Story two features one of the MacGregor descendants, soldier Ian who is injured in battle and nursed back to health, and is more of a historical romance set in Boston- not my usual type of thing, but given its company in the book- I preferred this one much better! I did get the impression however that Roberts was thinly alluding to Diana Gabaldon's `Outlander' in places with mentions of the Jacobite rebellion and the battle of Culloden in Scotland- a historical romance I've actually enjoyed, so which gave this story a little more perspective for me.
`Daniel & Ian' however does lack the spark and fire of some of the earlier tales in the MacGregor series (hence the fact I've only given it three stars) and can be quite slow-moving and cliché in places. I would say that if you've not read any of the MacGregor books before, not to start with this one--you need to go back to the beginning and read them in order. If you've never read a NR book before then this also wouldn't be my personal recommendation of a place to start: I would suggest starting with one of her stand-alone books, either `Angel Falls' or `Blue Smoke' just to see if you enjoy her writing style before you attempt to immerse yourself in one of her series. Fans of a good romance though can't fail to enjoy a NR book in some respect; they're terrific books to curl in front of the fire with on a cold winter's day or the ideal novel to pack in your suitcase for a poolside read!