Sportochick's Musings ~ This book hit every romantic part of my soul I give it 5 🌟When a Laird Finds a Lass
A Highland Fairy Tale #2
by Lecia Cornwall
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Publisher ~ st. martin's press
Categories ~ historical romance
Malcolm MacDonald, a lawyer in Edinburgh, unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, forcing him to return to a place he hasn’t seen since he was a small child. To gain the trust of a wary clan, Malcolm must act upon their insistence that he cast aside his English betrothed and marry a Highlander.
However, they have one condition—no lasses of the barbaric clan MacLeod.
When he finds an unconscious woman in the sea, he brings her back to his clan but not before doing the one thing that could save her life—hiding her all too telling MacLeod plaid. When she wakes with no memory of who she is, Malcolm vows to keep the little he knows about her identity a secret. As new dangers threaten his clan, the mysterious lass teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird.
But secrets never stay secret for long, and when she finds her plaid, her memory returns and she flees. Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.
Have you ever started reading a book but you couldn't seem to connect with the story at first then 💣 BAM 💣 it becomes so good that it starts you crying at various parts and making your heart ache during others? This is that type of book.
I was uncertain if Malcolm would be able to move from Lawyer to Laird but the author expands his character with a bunch of smooth character transitions. While she was able to keep his core personality intact she expanded his abilities to be a strong leader without having been trained from birth as a warrior. This writing skill made Malcolm a winning hero for me.
When Malcolm found a women from the enemy clan MacLeod, his kind heart decides to hide her plaid to keep her alive. Since she has no memory they call her "Ronat" which means seal. According to selkie legend they hide their skins so they can walk the earth as people. Most of the clan believed she was selkie and they had many other beliefs that play an important part to this storyline.
Ronat is the perfect heroine and match for Malcolm because though raised as a very strong loving woman she has a softness and understanding way that speaks to him. Her character is what a mother would hope their daughter grows up to be.
Interwoven into the story is a beautiful legend that on Beltane night Malcolm must perform on Sea Maiden's Isle, Eilean Maighdeann Mhara. This area of the story is one of the areas that brought tears to my eyes. Whether or not you believe in legends the way the author wrote it will have you believing that fairy tales are real.
For me the last two paragraphs of this book caused me to cry for a while but I can't tell you why. Just read this book and make sure to get to the last chapters.
Because this book hit every romantic part of my soul I give it 5 STARS.
Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy via Netgalley
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.
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