The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure by Shana Galen

The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure by Shana Galen
The Survivors Book 8
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Historical, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Just because they’ve run away…
Ines Neves and Emmeline Wellesley have both run away. Ines hid in a carriage from a tedious suitor, only to find, too late, the carriage had traveled out of London, not just around the block. To make matters worse, the carriage is that of a stranger: a handsome Highlander. Or perhaps a big, strapping Highlander makes matters better? Emmeline Wellesley has had four Seasons and cannot tolerate another. To force her mother to listen to her, she’s run away. But things haven’t gone well. She’s been locked in a closet, had all her money stolen, and somehow adopted a dog. When an old family friend shows up to save her, she doesn’t exactly welcome his help.

Doesn’t mean they don’t want to be found.
Duncan Murray doesn’t know what to make of the Portuguese-speaking woman in his carriage. She refuses to return to London, so he takes her to meet Nash Pope, a so-called friend who speaks Portuguese. On the way, he meets up with former soldier Stratford Fortescue, and Stratford’s opinionated distant cousin, Miss Wellesley. The four travel together to Nash’s estate, and that’s when everything goes really wrong. On the run to Scotland, Duncan finds himself increasingly attracted to Ines, even though he knows he can never marry her. Stratford has always wanted Emmeline, but his family secret means he doesn’t deserve her. This excellent adventure might bring the couples together, but only if they manage to elude gun shots, a murderous brother-in-law, a vicious dog, and outlaws.

For readers looking for a fun romance filled with delightful characters, hilarious escapades and adventures with a wonderful HEA, I heartily recommend reading The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure.

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For Innes, a desperate dash to buy herself some time from a suitor she did not want ended up taking her far out of her comfort zone, and her country. Imagine the shock! And for readers, the fun comes from her decision to act like she ‘didn’t speak English”. The poor hero, Duncan, was beside himself. What is he going to do with a lass he can’t communicate with?

Then there is Stratford, one of the other heroes in the story. He’s had his eye on someone for quite some time but she never gave him serious thought as a suitor. I think this romance plot falls into the category of friends to lovers. I enjoyed watching the transition between him and Emmeline. Her determination to strike out on her own brings unintended consequences and a renewed friendship from her past. I hope readers smile and laugh as much as I did while watching Emmeline navigate her inadvertent adventure.

That’s why I enjoyed this novel so much. There was double the fun because there were two couples whose paths cross in unexpected ways. The complications that ensued kept me flipping the pages at a furious pace. This story is incredibly rich in details, dialogue, descriptions not to mention the intricate way the author wove their budding relationships throughout the book. The writing was flawless and well done. Then again, every romance story I’ve ever read by Ms. Galen has that same high quality.

The addition of the dog was super sweet. I mean, how the Spaniel came on stage was surprising to say the least. It was a brief snapshot, but like they say, you can tell a lot about people by how they treat their furry companions, and both Emmeline and Stratford get an A+ from me.

One of the strong elements in this novel is the sense of family, with all its wonders and warts. No family is perfect but for all four protagonists, it’s a driving force behind many of their decisions, and contributes to the ultimate happy ever after for both couples.

There are actually a ton of snippets and scenes I could share because the author wrote her characters with such depth and substance, there’s an overabundance to choose from. I could mention the effective internal conflicts; one of them being the touching way a child’s old hurt inside the man is finally soothed. That’s another mark of an awesome book, the ease and enthusiasm to share what I liked is easy. It’s stopping myself from sneaking in spoilers that is the problem. So much awesomeness!!!

I’ll stop here. If you are in need of a happy and fun escape that can make you forget life’s stresses, then please read The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure. The story’s HEAs are an upbeat cure for the blues and blahs of your day. This book is a winner.

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