Book Review-Healing the Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

Book Review-Healing the Highlander by Melissa MayhueHealing the Highlander by Melissa Mayhue
Also in this series: Highlander's Curse
Series: Daughters of the Glen #7
Published by Pocket Star on January 1st 1970
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 1439190208
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Leah Noble MacQuarrie was a twenty-first century woman, normal in every way—if you ignored her Faerie heritage and ability to heal. Kidnapped and tortured by the renegade Nuadian Fae, she ran all the way to the thirteenth-century Scottish highlands, vowing to avoid Faeries and their magic at all costs. Andrew MacAlister, wounded in battle a decade earlier, is convinced he’s destined to be a drain on the family. Not even his Faerie heritage can overcome the continual pain he endures. Together, Leah and Andrew each struggle with their internal demons until they come face to face with their own greatest challenge—whether to claim the prizes they’ve always wanted or sacrifice everything to the Magic of True Love.

Leah was once treated in horrid ways by the Fae, and managed to escape and made a life for herself in medieval Scotland. Even though she is from a more modern era, she has grown accustomed to life in Scotland, in the 1300’s. When her adopted grandparents find themselves in trouble, Leah is determined to save them. When their son betrays them, and takes over their home and clan, and about to force Leah to marry a stranger, she escapes. She heads north, to a clan, that are kin to her grandmother, and are the only ones that can help them. On her way, she slips in a river, and is saved by a highlander, who protects her and takes her to his home. When they are followed by English knights and soldiers, they have no choice but to go under a false pretense of being married. Before they realize it, they will have to go through a real wedding, to make the soldiers believe their feelings are true. Andrew, has suffered a most painful injury, and is searching for anything that will aid in his pain that he suffers every moment. When he finds the truth about Leah, he realizes that she is his salvation….but sometimes love gets in the way of intentions and can change the course of fate…

Healing the Highlander is a fantastic addition to the Daughters of the Glen series that Mayhue has created for us. This does have a bit of time travel aspect, but we don’t really see it, since it happens before the book begins, so its pure guess on what happens to Leah when she is younger, or maybe its revealed in a earlier book I have yet to read. The story starts off with Leah’s life taking a turn for the worse and she is forced to flee her home to aid in the safety of her grandparents. Leah is a very strong willed character, and is willing to do whatever it takes to save the people she holds most dear. Then she ends up being a “damsel in distress” and a highland warrior saves the day. Drew, doesn’t believe himself to be worthy of a wife or a family due to his injury. He has to work hard every day to make sure he isn’t a invalid from his leg injury. These two definitely need each other, but in a variety of ways. It starts out very simple, the hero saving the heroine’s life and they just go their merry way right? Wrong….the reader is thrust into a plot that is packed with twists that creates conflict against conflict, but only draws the reader fully into the story even more. The characters are such fun and I enjoyed seeing this couple together, and how they complimented each other. Each had their secrets, strengths and weaknesses, and toward the end you see how wonderful they are for each other. Reading this definitely made me want to read the rest of the series that I have yet to get my hands on.

Overall a romance that takes you back in time where history and magic prevail, where a conflict threatens to destroy all, and a passion that turns into a journey of love and adventure. A sweeping tale of love and magic!! PURE MAGIC!!

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