Friday, July 23, 2010

Review: To Conquer a Highlander

To Conquer a Highlander (Scottish Highlander series - Book 1)by Mary Wine

(For review from Sourcebooks)


"A fierce Highland laird ready to kill for king and country... When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor's plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father's plot from going forward. But that leaves him with a woman under his roof whom he can't ignore, and not just because she's his enemy's daughter... A woman who's as much trouble as she is temptation... Shannon McBoyd decides to use her captor to experience passion for the first time, and then to destroy him. But her plan goes awry because once she has lured Torin into her bed, she no longer wants to hurt the one man who seems to value and understand her... Even if her father will kill him-and her-when he discovers what they've done... "


Being of Scottish ancestry I am always interested in books set in the highlands. Though I have questioned the authenticity of some romance novels set in this area and time period Mary Wine does a wonderful job with her new novel, To Conquer a Highlander. She has great insight into the dynamics of the Scottish clans and what it meant for women living during these times. Wine's descriptions of Highland life, make the reader feel as though they are right there with the characters experiencing what they are experiencing and seeing what they are seeing.

Shannon's character is a strong woman who is living in a desperate time and situation. The reader is almost happy when Shannon is kidnapped because any situation would have to be better than her own home life. I think many readers will identify with Shannon and feel her struggle as she must decide between the man she loves and the father who raised her.

Torin's character is loyal to God and country and will do anything to save the King, even if that means kidnapping his enemies daughter. What he doesn't expect was to fall in love with her. He is drawn to her in a way that he has never experienced before and his loyalties are truly tested as he learns to trust in someone other than himself.

I truly enjoyed this book and I'm happy to be able to offer two copies for giveaway. Check out the details here. If you love historical fiction, a good romance, or the Scottish highlands this is the book for you.

To Conquer a Highlander is available now from your favorite bookseller.

I give this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag.