Christmas in the Highlands by Madelyn Hill


Christmas in the Highlands by Madelyn Hill
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (201 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS IN THE HIGHLANDS, BOOK ONE

Laird Malcolm Sutherland needs a bride. He has few requirements of his new wife; demands he should have insisted with his former betrothed—namely, honesty, loyalty, and resources.

Lady Rossalyn Gordon will do anything to be rid of her tyrant father, even if that means deceiving the man who offers her an escape. If revealed, those secrets will either bring her mercy, or thrust her back into the hands of the devil who sired her.

When Rossalyn’s bastard of a father arrives at Sutherland Keep, going back on his word and ordering her return, Malcolm must decide if he can forgive his wife enough to listen to his heart and have a family for Christmas.

HIS BY CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS IN THE HIGHLANDS, BOOK TWO

Fiona Sutherland longs for love with the man she has pined after since she was a lass. When he weds another she is devastated, and questions why the man she pledged her heart to has forsaken a vow made in their youth. Could loving her be so hard?

Cameron Munro adores Fiona from afar, knowing her heart has been set on another. She is everything he desires—strong, loyal, and fiery in spirit.

Determined, he pledges to prove his love to her and win Fiona’s heart by Christmas.

Book One: A Family for Christmas

In order to feed his ever growing clan, Malcolm Sutherland needs an alliance with the untrustworthy, neighboring Gordon Clan. If a wife has to be part of the bargain, he can handle it—just so long as she is chaste. He’ll not love her, but if she is loyal, honest, and can dote on his clan it would be a boon, and he does need an heir.

Rossalyn Gordon agrees to be silent about her father’s perfidy—anything to escape her father’s filthy, stinking household with its leering, filthy, lazy, ‘more-threatening-everyday’ men. She prays Malcolm is not a vengeful man.

Once Gordon’s deceit is discovered, Malcolm is angry and informs Rossalyn, she will be by his side for all things and function as his wife, but he will not seek her counsel or her bed. Her heart breaks, but she and her secret are in a clean, happy keep, and safe.

The woman who had expected to marry Malcolm makes an antagonist to be reckoned with. Malcolm’s Sergeant-at-arms and life-long friend has his hands full trying to keep the peace .What I really enjoyed was the author giving this young woman some redeeming qualities along with an intriguing back-story that touched my heart.

Madelyn Hill’s writing skill makes the story sparkle. Very believably the despicable Gordon gets his comeuppance, the conflicts abate, Malcolm and Rossalyn’s love sizzles heating the pages, and Rossalyn gets a wonderful Christmas for the first time since her mother’s death.

Book Two: His by Christmas

Her dreams shattered, Fiona does a vile thing, totally against her true nature. The Sutherland clan sergeant-at-arms, Cameron Munro, her friend since childhood, calls her hand on it. She’s sick at heart about her actions, but tries to hide it. Determine to make amends; she goes back to helping the old of the clan who live in their small crofters, not longer going to the keep for meals and social life. She loves these old ones, tended them for years. They love her and know her well.

Cameron wants the stubborn, tart-tongued, beautiful, strong, and intelligent Fiona for his wife. But how to get her is a mystery to him. Women have always sought him, not the other way around.

The people, who rally around to help Cameron, make this story an absolute delight to read. The courtship has its hurt, bumps, and bruises. She hurts him, but Cameron perseveres. He’s been in love with her for as long as he can remember.

As Fiona comes to terms with her hurt, she see Cameron as he truly is, wants to make things right between them, wants HIM—his hugs and kisses. But duty calls him to the border—he comes home more dead than alive.

How Madelyn Hill creates a soul mate love out of all the hurt and chaos is not to be missed. Not only does she give the reader a beautiful love story that heats the blood, she also weaves together the diverse personalities so a sound, happy, clan emerges and the Christmas celebration is one to remember.

Christmas in the Highlands is a JOY to read any time of the year.

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