Forever – Hachette
January 3, 2011/ ISBN
Historical Romance / Autumn 1396 Scotland
by Linda Young
The Glen of
Many Legends. A glen in the highlands of Scotland shared by three
clans. The Camerons, the MacDonalds, and the Mackintoshes. I use
the word “shared” loosely because the tensions are always
high in the glen. Those tensions become even higher when one woman
who holds the rights to the whole glen dies and fails to leave her
last wishes in writing before she is gone. Now the King orders there
to be a battle between the three clans and the champion will rule
all. She was born a MacDonald, married twice, once to a Cameron
and once to a Mackintosh. After being widowed the second time, she
chose to spend the rest of her days in a nunnery. Now, each clan
claims to have the right to rule the glen, and each clan claims
their own magical stories and ghosts that roam the glen.
watches as the king's own mark off the battle field and begin building
the observation stands for the highborn lowland onlookers who will
arrive any day along with the king. As all highlanders, James despises
the idea of lowlanders invading the glen. They bring nothing but
trouble and have no understanding of the way of life in the highlands.
to go into the woods to visit the old ones, mystical beings that
only show themselves to Camerons. He is hoping they will let him
know that his clan will be victorious. But on his way, he sees a
mysterious black cloaked figure in the mist. He tries to follow
it but loses it in the mist just in time to run into Catriona MacDonald,
a fire brand she-devil that has haunted him for years. Once, several
years ago, he had caught her in these woods just as he had now.
He has had a burning desire for her ever since and that angered
him even more.
is a force to be reckoned with. She has a temper as fiery as her
hair and a hidden dirk that she knows how to use. Right now her
temper flares high as she looks into the eyes of the man who had
brazenly threatened her years ago in these same woods. He had warned
her of what happens to young maidens who roam the woods alone. Now
he was doing the same thing. Only this time he was dragging her
back to her own land to put her back into the hands of her brother.
Both James and Catriona desire each other, even though they know
that to do so could cause an even worse battle than the one to come
because of their blood.
As all prepare
for the battle, the sisters of each clan chief eventually meet each
other. Catriona keeps seeing a ghost that looks just like James
Cameron's sister, Isobel. Her brother has become enchanted by the
Mackintosh chief's sister, Marjory, and now Catriona is determined
to bait James Cameron to the point that he can't live without her.
The sisters become fast friends and decide to make a pact to help
each other get their man.
This book is
the first in Welfonder's new trilogy, “Highland Warriors.”
She does a great job of blending highland lore and magic with romance
and a little mystery. You get a good sense of living amongst highland
clans. The tension, the blustering, rules of hospitality, and just
plain men being bragging, oversized boys, showing off for the women.
It is fun, steamy, intriguing, and just plain good reading. I enjoyed
the history and all that went with it. If you like good highland
stories mixed with romance, you'll love this one. And don't be surprised
when all of the sudden you break out laughing and everybody looks
at you like you're crazy. No, really. They did it to me here at
home. Two thumbs up for Welfonder.