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Series: A Highland Fairy Tale #4
Title: Enchanted by the Highlander
Author: Lecia Cornwall
Publisher: Swerve, St Martin’s Press
Published: November 14th, 2017
Take a fairy tale then set it in the Highlands of Scotland at some time in the past and add a lot of twists to the story along the way . . . . what a great idea this proved to be! In this case Cinderella is Gillian MacLeod and she doesn’t have two ugly sisters or a wicked stepmother, instead she’s one of a dozen sisters and the one who usually watches and fades into the background – so much so that her sisters tend to speak for her without asking what she thinks or wants! They don’t do it to be cruel, they’re convinced she’s very shy and reticent with strangers…..but they couldn’t be more wrong! She proves this when visiting one of her married sisters. She has spent time in Edinburgh with her father and been introduced to lots of potential suitors but not one appealed to her. When she arrives at her sisters she is drawn to John Erly, the disowned son of an English nobleman, the man who was instrumental in rescuing her brother-in-law from imprisonment and now is Captain of his guard. Gillian is too reticent to approach the handsome sassenach but seizes the opportunity to do so during a masquerade ball hosted by her sister during which she steals a kiss from him before disappearing back to her room. That kiss seals their fate but there will be adventures a plenty before they have any chance of attaining their fairytale ending!
This is an action packed historical romance involving everything from midnight hunts, spying, a journey to marry, attacks en route and an unexpected heroine before family beliefs, relationships and dogged determination all have their role to play. The family’s image of Gillian is going to be totally revised during her adventurous escapades and her stubborn refusal to take no for an answer. She proves a strong opponent to anyone seeking to harm her or those she loves, not the whimpering, overlooked young girl they thought she was. She is willing to fight for what is right, defend those in need and still remains a sweet, quiet young lady for most of the time! English John is not worried what others think of him most of the time. He has an unearned reputation that he doesn’t dispute but is really a very kind and understanding gentleman who wants to do things the right way to make things better in the long run for all concerned. He is willing to fight for what’s right, too, and is even willing to face Gillian’s father! They make a great couple.
I found the author’s descriptions of events and scenes brought them to life in my imagination. The plot isn’t a straightforward one, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into this historical romance!
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Gillian MacLeod is shy and quiet, the least likely of all her sisters to seek out excitement and adventure. But on a moonlit night at a masquerade ball, Gillian steals a kiss from a mysterious stranger, knowing she’ll never see him again.
John Erly, disowned by his noble English father, started a new life in Scotland. Most people are suspicious of the foreign mercenary and he does everything is his power to avoid romantic entanglements. But he can’t forget the bewitching beauty who kissed him in the dark, and stole his heart, even though he has no idea who she might be.
A year later, John is given the duty of escorting Gillian to her wedding and immediately recognizes her as the temptress he’s dreamed of for months. There’s not much he can do when she’s promised to another man, but fate intervenes and this time, passion—and adventure—can’t be denied. Honor demands he stay away from the MacLeod’s enchanting daughter, but love has a very different ending in mind…