A Highlander of Her Own (Daughters of the Glen Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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TEXAS, PRESENT DAY. Ellie Denton's world has spiraled out of control. A strange new birthmark, animals talking to her, and her mother's ex-husband laying claim to the family ranch have her thinking life can't get more complicated. But Ellie doesn't know the birthmark's connection to her Faerie ancestors. Complicated takes on a whole new meaning with her innocent wish to find her true love.

SCOTLAND, 1304. Caden MacAlister has more trouble ...
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TEXAS, PRESENT DAY. Ellie Denton's world has spiraled out of control. A strange new birthmark, animals talking to her, and her mother's ex-husband laying claim to the family ranch have her thinking life can't get more complicated. But Ellie doesn't know the birthmark's connection to her Faerie ancestors. Complicated takes on a whole new meaning with her innocent wish to find her true love.

SCOTLAND, 1304. Caden MacAlister has more trouble than he can handle. With his brother held for ransom and the laird missing, the last thing he needs is another problem. But the Fae have other plans. A mysterious woman shows up in his stables, sent by Faerie Magic to find her true love. Fighting his attraction, Caden insists she's meant for one of his brothers. With his history, he has no desire for a woman in his life -- especially a woman sent by the Fae.

Only the magic of the Fae can determine whether Ellie will find a Highlander of her own...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416575726
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 64,372
  • File size: 340 KB

Meet the Author

Melissa Mayhue is the award-winning author of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband, Highland Guardian, Soul of a Highlander, A Highlander of Her Own, A Highlander's Destiny, A Highlander's Homecoming, Healing the Highlander and A Highlander's Curse. She and her family live in Colorado in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with three insanely spoiled dogs, one domineering cat, a turtle with an attitude, and way too many fish in their aquarium. Visit her website at MelissaMayhue.com.
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One

DUN ARD

SCOTLAND

DECEMBER 1295

The clipped fall of boots on stone sounded loud in the deserted hallways of Dun Ard. Though few would be up and about at this early hour, Caden MacAlister had no doubt his cousin would already be hunkered over the estate accounts in his solar as he was each and every morning. Blane MacKiernan, Laird of the MacKiernan, taught the importance of hard work by setting an example.

Caden paused at the heavy wooden door, unconsciously running a large hand through his tousled dark copper hair as he gathered his wits and his courage. He had considered his alternatives time and again. This must be done.

He rapped his knuckles sharply against the door, the vibrations echoing in his stomach. Or was that simply nerves?

"Enter."

He pushed open the door and approached his cousin's desk. "I've come to a decision and I must speak with you." Quickly. Before he lost his nerve.

Blane looked up from the work spread in front of him, a smile creasing his face. "Very well, Caden. Have a seat and share yer great decision with me."

Caden shook his head, declining the offer to sit. He thought better on his feet. "You must choose one of my brothers as your heir. I'm no longer fit to be the next laird of the MacKiernan." There. He'd said it. It was done.

His cousin leaned back in his chair, studying the hands he steepled together. At last he looked up, a confused frown replacing his earlier smile. "I had thought you cared for our people and this land."

"I do. And that's why I ask you to choose another as yer heir." Even though this was all he had ever really wanted.

"Explain yerself."

"The next laird should be someone who'll love this place, these people. Someone who'll look after them, improve their lot in life and pass it all on to his own son to do the same." And he would never be able to do that.

Blane nodded. "Exactly what I've chosen you to do, lad."

"I canna, Cousin. After what's happened with Alycie, I ken now I'll no ever wed. There will be no sons to succeed me."

He would never have a wife. Alycie had found the idea of marriage to him so repulsive she had betrayed his sister and cousin in order to escape him, almost causing their deaths. He would never again put his family in such jeopardy. Nor would he trust another woman. Alycie was now happily installed in the convent on Iona as she had wanted, and he would remain unmarried as the fates had obviously intended.

"Yer young yet, Caden. Mayhap one day you'll change yer mind on this."

"No. I'll no allow any other lass to be forced to face marriage to me. I've made my decision, just as you made yers all those years ago."

Blane rose from his chair, coming around his desk to place a hand on his young cousin's shoulder. "I chose never to wed because I feared any son of mine would carry the madness of my father and my brother. I would no risk exposing Dun Ard and her people to that tragedy again. Yer situation is entirely different. You take too much blame upon yerself, lad."

Caden shook his head. He deserved the blame. He knew his limitations. Of the three MacAlister brothers, he saw himself as the least desirable to a woman. He had neither Andrew's pretty face nor Colin's warrior abilities. He wanted only to manage Dun Ard. To find new ways to help their land and their people prosper. And while one day he would have been the laird of the MacKiernan, that alone wasn't enough to hold a wife. He'd learned that from his experience with Alycie.

No, Caden knew he was not meant to find the happiness of a mate in life. And though he had never known why his cousin remained unwed and childless, he suspected that Blane revealed his reason now in an attempt to provide solace. Solace he didn't deserve. "Still, I dinna thinkÊ.Ê.Ê."

"There's no a need to think on this, lad. I willna choose any to be my heir other than you. I've invested too many years in you and you've learned too well the duties of a laird. You'll go off to school as we'd planned, and when you return you'll pick up where you left off. You are my heir and that's my last word on the subject."

"And when I never wed? When I have no sons to continue the line?"

Blane smiled again, squeezing Caden's shoulder before he dropped his hand and walked back to his chair. "If that is the way of it, then you'll do as I have and choose someone. Perhaps one of yer brothers' brats will succeed you, aye? Now off with you. I've work to do before I take my morning meal."

Caden waited, unsure of what to do next. He'd struggled for weeks trying to make the right decision. And now that he finally had, Blane had dismissed his concerns as minor.

"Go on," Blane encouraged. "Oh, we're still going out to inspect the sheep pens later this morning, are we no?"

"If that's yer wish," Caden replied, leaving the room and shutting the door behind him.

He was almost embarrassed at the relief he felt, knowing at least part of his life would continue as he'd always hoped. He would have Dun Ard to live for.

And as for his own heir?

Just as Blane had said, Drew and Colin would marry and have sons. He would simply have to wait and watch to see what time would bring.

Copyright © 2009 by Melissa Mayhue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2009

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    Wonderful read.

    I could not put this book down. I was amazed. This is a wonderful medieval time travel romance! It's a romance that will appeal to a wide range of readers with its historical setting, contemporary heroine and magical atmosphere. Medieval enthusiasts will find a special delight in Melissa Mayhue's medieval world. For medieval lovers, the humor is even richer as Melissa Mayhue captures so perfectly the complications and delights of both the modern woman and the fascination with the medieval world. I highly recommend this wonderful read. Mayhue does not disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Love this series

    Once again, Mayhue delivers a great Highland romance. Mixing in time travel, magic, romance and the sheer stubborness of men, this book is just as good as the previous three. I have enjoyed reading this series and anyone that likes Highlanders, time-travel or romance will enjoy these books, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Faeries, Highlanders, and Time-Travel

    TEXAS, PRESENT DAY. ELLIE DENTON's world has spiraled out of control. A strange new birthmark, animals talking to her, and her mother's ex-husband laying claim to the family ranch have her thinking life can't get more complicated. But Ellie doesn't know the birthmark's connection to her Faerie ancestors. Complicated takes on a whole new meaning with her innocent wish to find her true love.

    SCOTLAND, 1304. CADEN MACALISTER has more trouble than he can handle. With his brother held for ransom and the laird missing, the last thing he needs is another problem. But the Fae have other plans.

    A mysterious woman shows up in his stables, sent by Faerie Magic to find her true love. Fighting his attraction, Caden insists she's meant for one of his brothers. With his history, he has no desire for a woman in his life—especially a woman sent by the Fae.

    Only the magic of the Fae can determine whether Ellie will find a Highlander of her own...

    Ellie has had to deal with a lot of shocking things recently: her Mother passed away, she's getting a new birthmark medically tested, her ranch is in danger of falling into the wrong hands, and suddenly she's communicating with animals. On top of all that, she even finds herself stuck in another place and time that isn't exactly Texas. She soon learns 'words' are a lot more powerful than one thinks and sets herself on a mission to discover her future soul-mate by accepting the past.

    I love time-travel romances (plus adding faeries and highlanders makes it even more exciting) and on my trip to Texas for Easter . . . I thought reading about Texas would be enjoyable, but I found this tale almost too silly. Personally, I'm just beginning Mayhue's Daughter of the Glen series and while some books have really held my attention, this one just feel flat and was rather boring throughout. The characters of Caden and Ellie's were to drastically different that it was hard for me to really get evolved in their romance and to become absorbed in their story.

    I felt the book skipped a lot of character development and because of that I really missed out on feeling emotions toward the leads in the story. Ellie was just too accepting of her situation that it was just so unbelievable and Caden too stubborn of his future that they just didn't mesh well together. Plus, I am NOT a fan of dogs in story (sorry dog lovers!) so I would skip ahead many of the parts that included Ellie's Missy & Baby. Ugh! There were a few interesting parts of A Highlander of Her Own that I liked, (the bath house scenes-being one) but all in all - it was a bore (love scenes included!)

    Likes: The side-character, Dair Maxwell, added some much needed entertainment to the tale.

    Dislikes: I wanted more of a well-rounded ending for Ellie and for her to personally get revenge on Ray back in present-time Texas, but how it was written out was just not what I liked. I could have imagined many other/betters endings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Awesome

    Awesome series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Another great in this series.

    This book was great, well written and highly amusing.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Love Highlanders

    Wouldn't it be great if you could jump head first into another world of mystery and magic? I think so, and I think Mayhue did a great job of portraying that exact picture. This was my first highlander story and I really enjoyed it. The love scene in the pond was wonderful! I look forward to reading one of her other books.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Enjoyed the Book!!

    I have read every book in this series. It is awesome. This book didn't dissappoint in any way. Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Mayhue does it again!

    If you are a Melissa Mayhue fan you will love this latest book in her Daughter's of the Fae series. It is a wonderful escape into a world of romance, adventure and fae magic with strong characters leading the way. Thank you Melissa!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

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    what a GREAT read!

    I had pre-ordered this book, and could hardly wait for its arrival. As a repeat reader of Melissa Mayhue I read this book in a little over four hours. I am eagerly awaiting the next one.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

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    This is an entertaining lighthearted time traveling frolic

    In 2008 in Prairieland, Texas, Ellie Denton finds her life reeling when Ray Stanton, the ex husband of her late mother, claims her family ranch as his; she is thankful he was not her dad. However, that proves a minor nuisance when compared with the mysterious mark on her chest; she is relieved to learn whatever it is it is non-cancerous. Meanwhile she feels like Eddie Murphy as animals speak to her. However, the strangest phenomenon occurs when Ellie wishes she had a man who loved her that she loved back. That odd mark quivers when she says her heart¿s desire and before she knows what next she knows she is no longer in modern day Texas; in fact she is in 1304 Scotland. <BR/><BR/>Caden Macalister has vowed to never marry after his betrothal fell apart almost a decade ago. When he meets the strange Ellie, he assumes destiny has brought her for one of his siblings as he is not fated to be a spouse. His mother strongly disagrees as she insists fairy magic has transported Ellie to be with her beloved Caden. As the stock begins to suffer from a disease, her skill to talk to the animals comes in handy, but Caden remains obstinate that she is not his destiny although Ellie begs to differ.<BR/><BR/>This is an entertaining lighthearted time traveling frolic. The story line is brisk as Ellie feels she got her wish in a weird way; Caden¿s mother agrees believing the Fae answered her wish; but stubborn Caden makes the tale with the refusal to believe his heart or the women in his life. Fans will enjoy the latest Daughters of the Glen time travel medieval romance (see THIRTY NIGHTS WITH A HIGHLAND HUSBAND) as Melissa Mayhue provides a winner with justice for all in two distinct centuries.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    A Highlander of Her Own by Melissa Mayhue

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Feb09<BR/><BR/>What is it that I like so much about Melissa Mayhue¿s books? From the very first one, ¿Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband¿, there is just something about her writing that pulls me in and keeps me coming back for more. Her heroines are strong and determined and don¿t do stupid things that require a man to save them¿nope, they do just as much saving, in their own way, as any of the heroes in her books. Yet the men certainly aren¿t weak or spineless. Au contraire, they are strong heroes who fight their attraction at first, usually for some stupid male reason <grin>, but once they `get it¿¿they go after her with guns¿I mean swords¿blazing¿uh, flashing?! <BR/><BR/>Ellie¿s having the best day she¿s had since her mother died recently. The strange rose-shaped birthmark that recently appeared on her chest is NOT cancerous! Now if only she could get rid of the slimy excuse for a step-father who¿s trying to claim the farm and get Ellie in his bed before her mother¿s grave is grassed over. Ellie escapes to the river and while she¿s there she makes a wish¿to find her true love and perhaps ¿a Highlander of my own¿. The next thing she knows she¿s waking up somewhere that looks an awful lot like the Highlands and the year is 1304. Holy crap!<BR/><BR/>Caden doesn¿t trust the Fae. The last time they interfered with his family, his brother was wounded and his life changed forever. As a result of those events, he decided never to marry. Instead, when the time comes, he¿ll appoint one of his brother¿s sons as his heir. Love isn¿t for him. So when his mother decides Ellie has been sent for love, Caden figures she must be here for one of his brothers. That¿s fine! Doesn¿t bother him at all. Nope, not a bit.<BR/><BR/>Stubborn as these two were, I almost expected to hear horns locking whenever they met. How entertaining to `watch¿ their relationship unfold while both are denying the desire for said relationship. Mayhue¿s timing and dialogue¿s were spot-on and caused both sniffles and chuckles at times. The juxtaposition of Ellie¿s modern ways against Caden¿s `medieval¿ sensibilities was used in places to further the plot instead of just cause romantic problems. If I thought Mayhue had intended this for anything but light-hearted romance, I would be a bit critical of the lack of survival and language problems this difference caused¿but hey, this is a romance and it works just fine!<BR/><BR/>The cast is just right with some gruesome bad guys, hot-bodied good guys, and the talking animals who stole the show for me. The tension between the hero and heroine sizzled and sparkled and who knew guys knew so much about women¿s bodies back then? Once again, Melissa Mayhue provided me with a wonderful read in ¿A Highlander of Her Own¿. I¿ll be pacing outside the bookstore waiting for ¿A Highlander¿s Destiny¿ when it¿s released next year.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    A Highlander of Her Own

    A Highlander of Her Own by Melissa Mayhue<BR/><BR/>Fae magic, a highlander and time travel all interwove in Melissa¿s new book, A Highlander of Her Own. Ellie Denton¿s struggles with the loss of her mother and when her stepfather takes over her mother¿s ranch, he demands Ellie become his new bedmate. Ellie¿s dreams of becoming a veterinarian evaporate before her eyes and her troubles increase when she begins communicating with animals after a mysterious red mark appears on her breast.<BR/>A mysterious green thunderstorm zaps Ellie back into the thirteen century after she wishes to find her true. Ellie is told she is the descendant of the Fae and she cannot return home until she meets her true love and they become one. Caden Macalister, the heir of Dun Ard, wishes to be left alone and tries to avoid Ellie, thinking the Fae sent her to marry his younger brother, Colin. He believes he is destined to never marry based on a failed betrothal of nine years ago and refuses to put his family at risk again over the love of a woman for the second time. <BR/> Ellie¿s strange ways of talking to animals intrigue and confuse Caden, but he denies his feelings for her due to his preoccupation of paying a ransom to free his younger brother and cousin. Melissa weaves deception, magic and love in her latest book, challenging her characters to overcome twists to meeting their goals. Her fast pace makes the book difficult to put down.

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