Author: Michele Paige Holmes
Series: Hearthfire Scottish Romance #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: November 30, 2017
Publisher: Mirror Press
Scottish Highlands, 1761:
Barely two weeks have passed since Laird Collin MacDonald first darkened Katherine Mercer’s doorstep and married her. Marriage has hardly been what she expected, given their grueling and adventurous days of travel to the Scottish Highlands. Along with the discovery that Collin’s twin Ian would like to see her dead, Katie must now face her own clan, whose chief wants to kill Collin and take her to wife himself. All because Katie possesses the Campbell gift of sight, passed down through centuries of her ancestors.
With little more than faith in her grandfather’s vision and her unique bond with Collin to guide her, Katie steps bravely into an unknown future, where the glimpses afforded her may bring more danger than direction. When the misuse of her gift takes Collin from her side, she is left alone and vulnerable. Help arrives in the most unexpected form as Ian MacDonald makes good on his threat to attack the Campbells and Katie learns that the bond between brothers and love knows no bounds.
Sequel to Yesterday’s Promise.
Wow!! Katie and Collin have only been married 2 weeks, and are just arrived to the Campbell land. Katie starts to remember more of when she lived there as a child and Collin was assigned by her grandfather to protect her. They start working with all those on the Campbell land to do what needs to be done to survive the coming winter. Brann has claimed the house and property for himself and wants to see Collin dead so he can marry Katie for her seer gift. She and Collin do their best to stay ahead of Brann but he always seems to know what’s going on, even when he’s no longer living on the Campbell lands. Brann could be the poster child for Scottish villains. Yes, he’s that bad. His greed and lack of compassion for others is the reason his clan is in the state they’re in.
Just when I thought Brann was gone and things were going to work out something awful and unforeseen happens. Well, it wasn’t totally unforeseen, but Katie thought didn’t see the end of her a vision which leads to dire consequences for she and Collin.
It’s hard for me to explain some things without spoilers but I felt the second half of the book could’ve been made into a Scottish soap opera–the twin brothers (one good, one evil), the secrets, etc. Ian swoops in to marry the young widow and bring the 2 clans together so they can make it through the winter. I loved reading about all the changes Ian made and how the Campbells and MacDonald’s were learning how to live and work together.
My emotions while reading this book were all over the place. I loved reading about Katie taking care of baby Lydia, whose mother died while giving birth to her. I felt like crying for her when she found out the women were calling her the “barren bride” and then at the dance when Ian didn’t ask her to dance, but kept dancing with Mhairi. Speaking of Mhairi, I could’ve strangled that woman for numerous reasons 1) she was the one who was spreading the rumors about Katie being “frigid” and “the barren bride” 2) when she agreed to marry the widower Brian MacDonald just so she could take baby Lydia away from Katie 3) offered Lydia to Katie in exchange for leaving Scotland and the clan.
I couldn’t read this book fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. I knew there was another book to conclude this story but I wasn’t prepared for the way this one ended. I can’t wait to read the final book of Katie’s journey when it comes out next year.