Diarmid Mactavish, Laird of Intertavey in the Scottish Highlands, is out for an early morning ride when he discovers the body of a man on the beach who’s obviously drowned. Nearby is another one, a woman who is still alive. After reviving her, she tells him that she has no memory of who she is or where she’s from. Secretly, Fiona Grant knows full well her identity but has always been taught that the Mactavishes are mortal enemies of the Grants and not to be trusted even though she’s fleeing the brutish Grant clan. And, she’s in search of her 9-year daughter who they took away from her almost a year ago.
One of the things I’m enjoying about the series are the strong heroines. Fiona has suffered greatly but instead of being a victim she became stronger and more resilient. Diarmid carries some baggage because of his mother’s betrayal of him and his father so he’s definitely suspicious of the beautiful Fiona and brings that to the relationship. While they’re both drawn to each other, the tension comes from their struggles to get beyond their suspicions and develop trust. Fiona had a terrible past that was slowly revealed through the course of the story. It made for a much more interesting reading experience even though I was anxious to learn everything right away.
It makes such a difference when you like both characters despite their stubbornness and missteps. These two were well crafted. Diarmid doesn’t always do the right thing but his heart’s in the right place. Likewise for Fiona and every decision she makes is for her daughter’s sake. I loved the mix of mystery, suspense, romance and place in this story. Campbell always gets the vernacular correct, making you feel like you’re in the era and in the Scottish hillsides. This was a lovely story even in the tough moments. I hated to see this one end.
- Release Date: April 29, 2019
- Series: The Lairds Most Likely #3
- Page Numbers: 416
- Publisher: Self
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(Thank you to he author for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)