Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Highlander's Heart review

"The Highlander's Heart" by Amanda Forester is a historical romance and Amanda Forester is a new author to me. I must say that I'll definitely be picking up more of Forester's work in the future.

"The Highlander's Heart" is quite a comedy of errors running through the romance. All of the characters, including the "bad" ones, are very strongly written but without being cliche or formulaic. The plot is good but I felt it bogged down in a couple of places and the several story lines got a little convoluted at times.

Isabelle is a strong female lead even if at times she seems a little scatterbrained. Given the situation she finds herself in with her husband, it is not hard to understand why she has such a problem trusting Campbell especially when every time she trusts anyone else, she ends up being betrayed. Campbell is quintessentially good - he always does the right thing even if it's not what he wants or what would be of the most benefit to him personally. He is strong, brave, handsome, and moral - the perfect hero - but he doesn't come across as a saint, stuffy, or as being too good to be true.

The rest of the Campbell clan is equally varied and entertaining. It's hard not to fall a little in love with some of them or to feel a great deal of sympathy for the McNab clan - even as you are wondering what in the world some of them are thinking!

All in all, "The Highlander's Heart" has a solid romance, a lot of plot twists, a decent amount of action, and characters that make you want to be part of their world. If you enjoy historical romance, I highly recommend "The Highlander's Heart".


Fleeing into the wilderness to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale would sooner face down a wild boar than spend another night with her wretched husband. Battered by the elements, desperate to elude a band of attackers, and defending herself against, as fate would have it, a wild boar she is rescued by the handsome Laird David Campbell.

Campbell knows holding Isabelle captive for ransom is his best chance to temper the storm threatening to destroy his clan. The ransom of an English countess should be more than enough to pay off his debts to England and save him from an unwanted marriage. But Isabelle didn't escape her husband just to become another man's captive and Laird Campbell is seriously misguided if he thinks she's going to go quietly.

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