When a Laird Finds a Lass
Book 2, A Highland Fairytale - A Highland Fairy Tale
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She is his greatest enemy and his only salvation.
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.
I'm really not sure how to start this review. When I read the book blurb it sounded interesting. The first chapter intrigued me, but then it lost me for a good number of chapters. I almost put it down and stopped reading it. What kept me reading was the lovable characters. Main and secondary characters were charming and there banter fun and touching. Malcolm Ban MacDonald the new Laird is totally out of is comfort zone. Born the second son to the late Laird he left the wild highlands with his mother as a small boy. Now the clan needs him for its time to make the magical wish so the clan can prosper again. Malcolm agrees thinking he can go make the wish and return to his life as a lawyer. Then one day he finds a woman floating in the loch half dead and life as he's known it is never the same.
I wish the first half of the book was as good as the last half. It was exciting and flowed well and I couldn't put it down.
Full of light, laughter and a solid hero
Up today for the second daughter of the MacLeod clan and her story, told with influence from the classic The Little Mermaid. The second that I’ve read in the series, I enjoyed this one very much.
Malcolm MacDonald has been living a happy life away from the clan, a lawyer, he’s been notified that he’s inherited both the title and lands from his father, somewhere he hasn’t been since childhood. Now the Laird of Dunbronach must gain both respect and trust of the clan. First off, renouncing his fiancé from “away”, and marrying a good highland lass, just not a MacLeod girl.
Marcail MacLeod fancies herself in love with a clansman. When she discovers him with another woman, she’s heartbroken. Her father, seeking to offload another daughter who wishes to marry offers another man in his place, and in her haste she accepts. Second thoughts later, she runs off to avoid this marriage, only to fall into trouble. Near death with no memory of who she is, Marcail is fortunate to be rescued by Malcolm, with his innate honor he hides evidence of her clan while providing her a safe place to convalesce.
The magic of Beltane, as well as Marcal’s innate knowledge of Highlanders and their ways all work together to bring these two a chance at happiness, and perhaps the opportunity to heal the long-standing rift between the clans.
Full of light, laughter and a solid hero in Malcolm, the choices are clear and their connection palpable. A wonderful story that mixes a familiar fairy tale with plenty of emotion, kilts and heart.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Another Amazing Story
This series has completely wrapped me around its finger. It's not often I give two books in a row from a series 5 stars, but A Highland Fairy Tale is just enchanting. The subtle nods to classic fairy tales, mixed with exciting highlander romance seems to be the perfect combination for me. And Lecia Cornwall does a great job mixing them together just right.
Malcolm may not look much like a highlander at first, but deep down in his blood he's highlander through and through. When his clan tracks him down in the city to come be the new Laird of Dunbronach, he thinks it's a joke. He's a lawyer - not a highlander. But to honor his estranged father's dying wish, he'll go back, but he won't be staying.
But the mysterious woman who washes up on shore may make him change his mind. The clan is convinced she's a selkie, but there's a secret that Malcolm hides from everyone - she's the daughter of a clan the MacDonald's have sworn to kill.
There's a dash of lies, some mistaken identity, and a just a hint of mermaid and selkie lore to add a hint of magic to the story. A finding of yourself theme for Malcolm, and he'll need his mystery woman to pull it all together. A great romance, and a great story. I can't wait to see what's next!
**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book**
- Category: Historical
- Published: Nov 01, 2016
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 350 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, A Highland Fairytale