Author: Martha Keyes
Series: Tales from the Highlands #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: September 3, 2021
Publisher: Paradigm Press
Harboring a fugitive is dangerous enough. Falling in love with her could mean the end of his dreams—and his life.
After nearly ten years in the army, Hamish Campbell is ready to settle in and call a place home. His sights are set on Dalmore House, the Campbell family estate seized by the Crown after the ‘45 uprising. To have any chance at all of regaining it, Hamish must not only find the money to pay off the estate’s debts but persuade the man who has charge of it to relinquish the property into the hands of a Jacobite’s son. With the help of his brother-in-arms, Hamish finds employment at an inn near to Dalmore’s overseer, putting him in an ideal location to seek the man’s favor.
Ava MacMorran cannot marry Angus MacKinnon. Any fate would be preferable. Escaping her father’s threats of force, Ava sets out for the home of the childhood friend she knows will help her—perhaps even marry her. But when the merchant meant to take her there is nowhere to be found and Ava is mistaken for a long-awaited inn servant, she determines to go along with the misconception until she can be rescued by her friend.
With Ava ignorant of Hamish’s goals and Hamish unaware that he is harboring the fugitive daughter of the lynchpin of his plan, attachment between them deepens and the threat of discovery looms large, making a satisfactory outcome seem all but impossible.
The stories from the Highlands continue with a case of mistaken identity. Fun trope. The romance is kind of insta-love but it doesn’t really feel like it. The story moved forward and then I was surprised to learn that only a week had gone by. It felt like they’d been together longer.
I liked the innkeeper’s character and Ava is something of a spitfire. I loved that she had no trouble moving into a role of cook and was so successful. The two of them together are fun with some good teasing banter between them.
Angus is still a thorn in everyone’s side and the catalyst for this story but we as readers are not subjected to him very much in this one. Kind of a relief since he is such a horrible person.
No sex or language
Mild, brief violence
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.