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Fleeing into the wilderness to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale would sooner face down a wild boar than spend another night with her wretched husband. Battered by the elements, desperate to elude a band of attackers, and defending herself against, as fate would have it, a wild boar she is rescued by the handsome Laird David Campbell.

Campbell knows holding Isabelle captive for ransom is his best chance to temper the storm threatening to destroy his clan. The ransom of an English countess should be more than enough to pay off his debts to England and save him from an unwanted marriage. But Isabelle didn’t escape her husband just to become another man’s captive and Laird Campbell is seriously misguided if he thinks she’s going to go quietly.

My Review:

One of my favorite genres to read, other than Contemporary Western Romance, is Historical Romance. Especially Scottish Historical Romance. Scottish history has fascinated me almost as long as horses have. I was very impressed with Ms. Forester’s knowledge of 1350’s Scottish and British History and her ability to convey it during the story.

The characters were well created and one could easily believe that they lived and breathed during those difficult years of political turmoil in Scotland and on the border between Scotland and England. David stole my heart in his very first scene. He will never take the place of my favorite Highlander, but he is high up on my list.

I did find my self occasionally getting annoyed with Isabelle. Her lack of common sense about things drove me nuts. If a guy is chasing your attacker in to the fog, don’t follow them. Sit your butt down and wait for him to return or the fog lifts.

A problem with Advanced Reader Copies, is that you don’t know if repeated information has been removed. When ever Isabelle considers prayer, the reader is told how she really doesn’t believe in it. This was repeated over and over. I hope that the printed edition doesn’t have this repetition.

There was a few minor things in the story that bothered me. One was how the author waited until almost the end of the book to name the English King, and even then she only called him King Edward, not King Edward III. Through out the book he was strictly referred to as the English King.

The other issue was a historical time line. It bugged me enough to dig through my Scottish history books. The story takes place in 1355 and there is a discussion between two characters about a rumor that the captured King David II was negotiating his release by offering the throne of Scotland to King Edward III’s son John of Gaunt. According to history, in 1352 King David II was paroled and attended a parliament meeting in Scotland. At that meeting, he gave them the terms of his release, which required the Scots to declare Prince John of Gaunt as the next King of Scotland. The Scots turned it down. In 1354, a ransom of 90,000 Scottish merks to paid over nine years was agreed upon. The paying of the ransom and the offering of the Scottish throne to England play important roles in this story. The time line mistake was very minor and most people would never notice.

Even with the minor issues, I did greatly enjoy this book and look forward to the next one. Might even need to look up the first one as well.

I give The Highlander’s Heart a 4 Horseshoe rating!

The Highlander’s Heart is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook.

Publication Details:

Author Amanda Forester
Title The Highlander’s Heart
Format Print
Length 448 Pages
Publication Date November 2011
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-5304-1