Friday, August 24, 2012

The Perfect Scottish Historical Romance

Highland Bride

Published By: Zebra Books
Date Published: 2002
Pages: 340
Genre: Historical Romance
Reviewed By: Christina Tetreault
Rating: (1-5) 5


Highland Bride is another book in Hannah Howell's The Murrays series. In this book we meet Gillyanne Murray, a high spirited young woman who has yet to fall in love. While her father is away at Court, Gillyanne decides to visit the dower lands that were gifted to her by her father's family. Not long after her arrival 3 lairds from surrounding areas arrive demanding that she marry one of them. Though she does not wish to marry any of the men, she wishes to avoid a battle even more and she agrees to marry Sir Connor MacEnroy. As the two learn to live as husband and wife they must deal with treachery and family secrets. And soon only Gillyanne can save Connor only from a life with no love but from an execution

Christina's Thoughts:

I had read other books in The Murray series before and went into this book expecting to enjoy it. I was not disappointed. Hannah Howell creates wonderful characters that readers can fall in love with. Gillyanne is an independent woman who is willing to stand up for what she wants. I loved the scenes when Gillyanne bests each of the three lairds forcing them to retreat and rethink their strategy. Connor is an honorable man who only has the best interest of his clan in mind. He is even more likeable because although Gillyanne is not your typical Scottish lass, he does not try to change her. He accepts her and eventually falls in love with her.

Overall opinion

Hannah Howell does a fabulous job of setting a great romance in the the Scottish highlands. She is able to include just enough description to transport readers while not bogging them down. At the same time her characters are well developed and likeable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance. In fact I would recommend all the books in The Murray series.

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