Errol MacRae’s days of gallivanting across the Highlands are nearing an end. His father’s health has taken a turn for the worse, and rumors are swirling that the crown intends to transfer ancient lands into the hands of the MacKenzies, the clan the MacRaes are sworn to defend. Errol expects to lead his men into battle soon. So he isn’t pleased when his father instead sends him to retrieve a beautiful flame-haired lass who has fled into the mountains.
Orphaned as a young girl, Aileana vividly remembers how the MacRaes rescued her and welcomed her into their clan. For ten years, she has served them loyally—until the night she’s nearly despoiled by one of the laird’s captains. Aileana risks her life and her reputation to seek refuge in the snowcapped peaks of the Five Sisters, the one place that has always felt like home. But after the strong-armed, strong-willed Errol tracks her down in a blizzard, she finds herself tempted to risk something even more dangerous: her heart.
Priceless is what I think of the prologue and opening chapter of this book. The prologue sets the reader up for the full flavor of this story. It leaves the reader wanting to know what happened to the lady in the cave. Then the first chapter opening is 17 years later and shows the main male character in all his glory or should I spoiledness. But the genius of this writing was it drew me in and I was very intrigued to see how this young man, Errol, could possibly become a hero.
Aileana for me I did put two and two together about who I thought she was, but honestly it was more like two plus two divided by three plus one. Yes a very complicated story with the mystery behind who she really was and how she came to be with the MacRaes. I liked her sweet character that could become fiery and fearless when need. She was an interesting fully faceted character and it was fun watching her become more sure of herself. For me there are many children in our world who do not know their father or mother and this book dealt with how this formed Aileana's belief in herself and her future. I like that the authors words show a person how to be strong and realize that you are enough inspite of this situation or what others say about you.
Okay I am willing to admit that one should not always judge a book by its cover and so was my first impression of Errol in comparison to my final impression of him. He went from someone I could not admire to someone who was well rounded, honorable as well as caring.
This book is about honor and making choices that one can not change or fix. It's about creating a new future from past mistakes.
I give it 4 STARS and I think everyone would enjoy this book.
a copy was gifted via Netgalley
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.
Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative romances. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.