Also in this series: Laiden's Daughter
Series: Clan MacDougall #2
Published by Self Published By Author on September 2 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
Narrator: Brad Wills
Length: 13 Hours
The Highlands of Scotland, Autumn 1344…..
She had won his heart without trying… and he can only pray for the chance to give her his.
When Findley McKenna returns after his battle with the English to offer Maggy Boyle a home amongst his clan, he finds only death and destruction instead of the young widow who has stolen his heart. The only thing left of her home is the burned out hut and decaying bodies of the auld people Maggy has taken care of for the past three years. With only a prayer, his Highlander heart, and a bit of bloodied plaid to cling to, Findley will crawl through hell if he must, in order to find Maggy and her sons and avenge the massacre before him. She had won his heart without trying, and he can only pray for the chance to give her his.
How can she place her trust or her heart in the hands of a man she barely knows and maintain her freedom and keep her secrets hidden?
Maggy has secrets, and her own hell to crawl through, before she can give her trust or heart to any man. Fearful that the uncle of her late husband will force her into a marriage with another cold and vindictive man, she goes into hiding to keep her true identity secret and her adopted sons together. After her home is destroyed and her young son kidnapped, those secrets begin to unravel, one agonizing thread at a time. How can she place her trust or her heart in the hands of a man she barely knows and still maintain her freedom and keep her secrets hidden? Findley McKenna is her last vestige of hope at keeping both.
The story starts off when Findley, first comes across Maggy (in book one) when following some raiders whom they learn are just five boys whose clan was dessimated by a plague, and only their mother and some elderly members are all that is left of their clan. And they are all starving and barely surviving. Findley and his men are charmed by these brave yet foolish boys who are just trying to feed themselves and their mother and what is left of their clan. Findley leaves them with three cattle and vows to return to claim Maggy’s heart. When he does return, all the elderly members are killed, and the huts are burned down with Maggy and the boys all missing. They find them in the woods and find out that Maggy’s son Ian has been kidnapped so that Maggy will marry a Laird who is cruel but wants her for his wife because of a secret that she is hiding. But Maggy knows that she could never find happiness with Findley, because of who her son really is.
I had been pretty excited for this one to be honest, and this was a bit disappointing of a read for me. I hate to say it but this is one of the first books from this author that was a bit of a let down for me. This author has become a favorite when reading highlander romances, but the heroine was really a bothersome character. I really DONT like characters that are judgemental and this heroine was really like that. I understand that her late husband wasn’t the best man in the world, but its like she expected every man to be bad to her. And it was obvious…even to her….that Findley wasn’t like that. And Findley is such a NICE hero, and I didn’t care for how she treats him continually throughout most of the story. So even though there are many other enjoyable qualities to the story, the heroine is what made the story a struggle to read and “listen” to.