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The Highland Groom

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    THE HIGHLAND GROOM is a winner

    In 1823 Fiona MacCarran understands her late grandmother's strange will that she must meet if she is to inherit, but also believes she will not be able to meet the conditions. Her grandma wants schoolteacher Fiona to marry a wealthy Scotsman so that she leave the classroom and paint portraits of fairy.<BR/><BR/>Fiona is attracted to laird of Kinloch, whose children she teaches. However, she knows Dougal MacGregor may be a hunk but is not remotely affluent; in fact she believes he is a whiskey smuggler avoiding the excise men like her cousin. <BR/><BR/>Dougal feels drunk with desire for Fiona, but knows he must ignore his feelings. He fears what she can learn about his clan's "fairy whiskey", especially the smuggling activity that could if revealed could endanger his villagers. However, when the locals get in trouble, Fiona joins Dougal rather than her blood kin to help keep them safe.<BR/><BR/>From almost the beginning readers will see how Fiona thinks differently than her brother Patrick when they rock climb and hear a noise that she says is fairies while he insists it is smugglers. That sets the tone of a whimsical engaging historical romance with a wee bit of the paranormal and some late suspense. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the caring laird sees the beauty through the highland mists and never slows down as they fall in love while she wonders if her hunch is right that he leads a smuggling operation. THE HIGHLAND GROOM is a winner as it asks whether doing the right thing to care for the locals should supersede the law that has wider applications.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    The Highland Groom by Sarah Gabriel

    Reviewed for; book release Jan09<BR/><BR/>Ah, magic in the highlands! Yes, I was happy to read Sarah Gabriel¿s ¿The Highland Groom¿ as soon as I realized it combined two things I love to read about¿magic and men in kilts! Who knows why the thought of men in skirts (yes, I KNOW they aren¿t skirts but rather verra manly garb!) is such a turn-on. And when he¿s a rogue with a hint of fae blood¿well, how can you go wrong?<BR/><BR/>Fiona is in a fix. In order for Fiona and her brothers to claim their inheritance, she must fulfill her portion of her grandmother¿s will. She must marry a wealthy highland lord and find real fairies to draw for a brother¿s book. Well, she can¿t do either of these things without actually being IN the highlands, so Fiona gladly volunteers to be a schoolteacher for a remote Highland glen. It only takes a few days for Fiona to fall in love with the beauty of her temporary home, even if she does have to keep an eye out for all those whiskey smugglers her brother keeps warning her about. And of course the most handsome, compelling man she meets in her new home just happens to be the local Laird¿and a smuggler!<BR/><BR/>Dougal is many things¿Laird, smuggler, uncle, brewer. He¿s also determined to regain the clan lands his father was forced to mortgage to keep his people fed during the bad times. The quickest way to do this? Smuggle the fine Highland whiskey his clan has been making and aging for years! So the absolute last thing he should be thinking about is the new schoolteacher¿especially since her brother is currently working as a local customs officer!<BR/><BR/>What began as a promising plot for a delightful historical romance began to lose coherence about one third of the way through the book. The further I read, the more confused I became. The hero and heroine acted in ways that (for me) defied logic and made absolutely no sense. I can handle instant attraction¿but for a woman of that time to allow those kinds of `liberties¿ so quickly would have been `beyond the pale¿. Additionally, the whole fairy magic piece of the puzzle was never (one again, in my opinion) fully fleshed out. It felt more like something that was forced into the plot and could have been totally left out without too much of an impact. Again and again, there were conversations and actions by main and secondary characters that I just didn¿t see the reasons for¿and that always bugs me.<BR/><BR/>For the preceding reasons, ¿The Highland Groom¿ just wasn¿t a good read for me. While I have no problems overlooking an occasional plot stutter, repeat offenses begin to irritate me exponentially. So I¿ll just have to consider this particular Sarah Gabriel story one I won¿t be sorry to finish.

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