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Scottish Romance at Its Best.
on 12 June 2006
Heart wrenching. Heart warming. Amusing and witty. These were just a few impressions running through me as I read "Highland Wishes" by Leanne Burroughs. Scottish history and many remarkable characters abound in this first novel by the author. The characters that really reach out and grab the attention though are the hero and heroine, two opposing strong-willed people that forge an unsteady alliance on a path to peaceful love.
Victoria Blackstone seeks a way out from the brutal hand of her father. Determined to take no further abuse, she leaves one night only to be taken by Grant Drummond, a Scots laird set on vengeance. Horrified to be taken captive, Victoria is set on holding her own with the imposing and pig headed man. What follows is a battle of English will and Scots stubbornness. Who will win out? Who will hold out the longest? Who will fall in love first? Despite the foul treatment she's received all her life, Victoria is no English rose to wilt at the first sign of trouble. She's a rose with thorns and she's a survivor. Grant must learn to come to terms with his reasons for claiming the formidable lass as well as the ghosts of his past. As he wages his own efforts in the Scottish War for Independence, will he realize all that he holds dear can be found right in his own hall?
A good sign of a well-written book is the emotions it draws out in the reader, if it's capable of doing so. I felt put through the emotional wringer while reading this book. Good, strong characters had me bouncing back and forth from nervous to excited, sad to happy and tearful to joyful. Victoria is a product of abuse that despite all has triumphed. Her character has many admirable traits that readers love to find in their heroines. Grant himself was a man at odds at times--unyielding and stoic, yet capable of great compassion and endless patience for his stubborn captive as her life story unfolds. Good secondary characters add to the hero and heroines dilemma without detracting from them, a hard thing to do in a book this length. Burroughs has created her own niche in the Scottish historical novel with this first installment, bringing to readers a pleasing read to while away the time with. Her style is unique, her voice different and pleasantly nice to read. A great book I could not put down! Look for "Her Highland Rogue", sequel and story of Duncan MacThomas, available from Highland Press.
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