Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage

WISHING

Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (248 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fennel

For Melanie, “Be careful what you wish for” becomes “Be careful what you wish on.”

While examining Andrew Carnegie’s lucky rosewood box, single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie makes a tongue in cheek wish on the artifact–for a Highland warrior to help her forget about her cheating ex. Suddenly transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in sixteenth-century Scotland, she realizes she should have been a tad more specific.

Darcy, laird in waiting, should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill, but a cruel prank played on him in his teenage years has led him to believe he is too large under his kilt to ever join with a woman. He has committed himself to a life of bachelorhood, running his deceased father’s windmills and keeping up the family manor house…alone.

Darcy’s uncle, Laird Steafan welcomes the strangely dressed woman into his clan, immediately marrying her to Darcy in hopes of an heir. But when Steafan learns of her magic box and brands her a witch, Darcy must do what any good husband would–protect his wife, even if it means forsaking his clan.

You know that saying ‘Be careful what you wish for, because it may come true’? Well in author Jessi Gage’s Wishing for a Highlander, that’s just what happens. A wish that came true, but not quite the way Melanie, expected it to.

Ms. Gage skilfully reveals her heroine’s background, character, state, and dilemma in a few brief paragraphs, and engaged me in her heroine’s problems immediately. And if Melanie thought she had problems as the story opened, she hadn’t seen anything yet! Ms. Gage promptly whisks her to another country, and back in time to a culture that believed the unexplained could only mean witchcraft, which in turn meant death to the culprit.

Melanie is, quite literally, dropped into the middle of warring Scottish factions and into the life of the author’s hero; large, awkward Darcy, who has plenty of fears and phobias of his own. And he only adds to his problems by publicly declaring he will look after the strange women in their midst.

And what about the mystery box? How can a mere box become a main player in the plots and sub-plots of this story? Believe me when I say it has a pivotal role that is both fascinating in the way the importance of this box unfolds and the actions several characters become involved in to uncover the secrets within the box.

Ms. Gage presents characters this reader found all too easy to relate to. Melanie and Darcy show their fears, their strengths and their weaknesses, and as their love for each other grows, it is tested almost to destruction, and all the time everything Ms. Gage offers her readers seems so true to life, genuine and real. It is this, and her writing craftsmanship that brings her characters to life upon the page and had this reader reluctant to put the book down to get any sleep.

A good historical romance requires knowledge of the era, and Jessi Gage does an amazing job in keeping everything believably accurate.

Add in the humour threading through the author’s tender loves scenes, and her solid plot and you’ll understand why I think Jessi Gage is an author to watch out for.

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