Highlander's Bride

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Overview

Forced to marry . . .

Cullen Longton was stunned by the news: he has a son! Cullen is now determined to find his child, who was stolen by a vengeful enemy, and has followed the trail to a nunnery in the Scottish Highlands. A beautiful, desperate woman promises to assist him in his quest . . . for a price.

But powerless to resist her

Sara McHern is a prisoner behind convent walls, where she must remain until ...

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Overview

Forced to marry . . .

Cullen Longton was stunned by the news: he has a son! Cullen is now determined to find his child, who was stolen by a vengeful enemy, and has followed the trail to a nunnery in the Scottish Highlands. A beautiful, desperate woman promises to assist him in his quest . . . for a price.

But powerless to resist her

Sara McHern is a prisoner behind convent walls, where she must remain until her father finds her a husband. Cullen’s arrival is the answer to her prayers—and she will reunite him with his son only if he agrees to wed her. Then passion ignites, and a marriage of convenience is suddenly transformed into something fiery hot. Cullen never imagined he would surrender his heart to this feisty lass, but as they struggle to escape the web of deceit that surrounds them, love may be the only thing that will save them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061136269
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 627,716
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Part of the fun in writing, Donna Fletcher admits, is doing the research. But it is with her characters that she has the most fun. She loves giving life to fresh characters and feels their excitement as they face the pleasures and pitfalls of falling in love.

Donna's own adventures have taken her to England, Ireland, and Scotland. She has walked the fields where battles were fought centuries ago, toured haunted castles, stood where beheadings were commonplace, explored the mystic mounds of long ago, and collected a plethora of memories and research that will live long in her heart and mind. She also loves exploring and photographing old abandoned homes, and she often takes long walks in the woods with camera in hand. She feels her life is rich and full, having three terrific sons, two fantastic daughters-in-law, an endless supply of friends, a loving dog, and a crazy, black, one-eyed cat named Bear.

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The Highlander's Bride

Chapter One

"Lord, please send me a husband."

Sara was desperate. Otherwise, she wouldn't have been kneeling on the hard stone floor in the chapel of Stilmere Abbey for near an hour, praying.

The good Lord certainly had to have heard her by now, she thought, and realized she required immediate attention.

"I need a husband now, Lord, this very moment. My father isn't going to wait any longer. You must send me a husband today."

Sara expelled a heavy breath and got off her knees, stretching the ache out of her back. She paced in front of the small wooden altar draped in fine white linens, a gold cross gracing the center.

All she had to do was obey her father's edict and marry the man of his choosing.

Donald McHern was a large man built as solid as a tree trunk and his width almost equal to one. His craggy narrow face was beset with a mane of fiery red hair that clansmen swore looked as if it were set aflame when he lost his temper, and his height towered over all in the clan. The soft blue-green color of his eyes was the only thing that attested to the man having a spark of kindness. But his people considered him a fair laird, would attest to his attributes and often sang his praise. He provided well for the clan and kept them free of senseless feuds, though he took up his sword whenever necessary.

The clan had remarked on their chieftain's fairness when her father had issued the same edict to Sara as he had to his older daughter Teresa: "Find a husband or I'll find one for you."

Luckily, Teresa had already fallen in love with Shamus, a clansmen her fatherfavored, and he had been quick to approve her choice.

Unfortunately, Sara had inherited much of her father's outspoken, authoritative nature, not to mention his fiery red hair, blue-green eyes, and height. She had stood eye-to-eye with her six-foot father and claimed she couldn't find a husband worthy of her.

Donald McHern had pointed out, with a shout, that it was her blunt nature and refusal to obey a man that kept her from finding a husband. No decent man wanted to put up with the likes of her; he'd forever have to battle her willful nature.

So her father did what he felt was his duty and found her a husband.

Sara shivered at the mere thought of Harken McWilliams. He belonged to a nearby clan but harbored aspirations of joining forces with the mighty McHerns. And what better way than wedding the chieftain's daughter?

Harken wasn't a bad-looking man, but he was a filthy one, with the stench to prove it. Throw in teeth that were crooked and half rotted, and as she told her father right in front of Harken . . .

"There's no way in hell I'd let the putrid man kiss me, let alone touch me."

Harken had stepped forward with a rush to intimidate her, though how he had expected to do that when his height paled hers by several inches, she never understood. She had moved with her own speed and informed him quite bluntly, with her hand on the hilt of the dagger tucked at her waist, that she'd cut his balls off if he laid a hand on her.

He had jumped back, startled and shaken, to stand directly behind her father.

Her father's face had burned bright red, and there and then he ordered her to Stilmere Abbey to reside with the nuns until she came to her senses. That had been two years ago.

Now, at twenty and two, she had yet to come to her senses, and so her father sent a message to the Abbess informing Sara that she had two choices. Marry Harken McWilliams, who agreed to still honor the marriage arrangement despite her disrespectful remarks, or take her vows and remain in the abbey the rest of her life.

Neither option appealed to Sara, so her only choice was to ask the good Lord for help. After all, no higher authority existed that she could seek help from, and certainly no higher authority that could perform the miracle she needed.

Now, she sank to her knees in front of the cross and once again clasped her hands together in prayer. Her voice was soft and reverent, though touched with desperation. "No disrespect, Lord, but I just can't stay here. It's too barren of a life for me, and while I've learned some skills, I can't stand the confinement. This life is not for me. So, please, please, please send me a husband. I won't be fussy. I'll take whoever you send me, though I ask that he doesn't stink." She sighed. "But if that's all you've got available, I'll take him and throw him in the first river or loch we pass and wash the stench off him. Please just send me a man. I'll do the rest."

Sara continued to pray. It seemed to her that prayer was all she had left. If the good Lord didn't see fit to take pity on her and offer a helping hand, she didn't know what she was going to do. The two options open to her were simply not acceptable. She could never wed the foul-smelling Harken. And—Lord forgive her—she could never take the vows of a nun and remain forever confined to the abbey.

She muttered prayer after prayer, while reminding the heavens of the urgency of her intolerable situation.

A gentle tap on her shoulder startled her to her feet and sent her stumbling, though she was quick to right herself.

"I did not mean to alarm you or intrude on your prayer time," Sister Mary said in a respectful hush for her surrounding. "The Abbess wishes to speak with you immediately."

Sara burdened her mind with the last few days' activities, wondering what she had done now to annoy or upset the Abbess. Try as she might, she always managed to get herself into some type of quandary. It just served to prove that she was not at all suited to becoming a nun.

The Highlander's Bride. Copyright © by Donna Fletcher. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    Cullen Longton has no time to grieve the death of his beloved Alaina with her last breath while lying in his arms she whispered he sired a son that he never knew existed. He heads to a convent in the Scottish Highlands to learn more about his offspring especially where the child is from resident Sara McHern, whose father has incarcerated her there until she obeys his order to marry some odious oaf.----------------- Sara sees Cullen as the answer to her prayers as she prayed to the Lord to send her a husband. She will help him find his child if he agrees to marry her. Though attracted to the fiery Sara, he has doubts, but reluctantly agrees to her terms. He helps her escape and they begin a trek to rescue his son from a ruthless enemy. As they fall in love, the Earl of Balford has plans to destroy Cullen Sara makes a perfect pawn in his nefarious scheme. Additionally her irate father adds to their woes------------------------------- THE HIGHLANDER¿S BRIDE is an enjoyable Scottish historical romance starring two desperate individuals. Cullen is obsessed with finding his son while Sara figures although he loves a ghost, he is better for her than what her father will bring forth. Readers will appreciate their Highlands adventure as they fall in love (though he has quite a task to persuade her) while trying to mount a rescue and stay alive as enemies seem everywhere so that they can only trust one another.---------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Great!

    Love the book since the start and love story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    Very good story

    Much better than the prequel "Taken By Storm". Highly recommended.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Excellent romance to read by ffc70

    This book was so good I could not put it down. Read Taken By Storm first!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    4.5 Stars!

    A lot of suspense, you'll laugh, have your heart tugged at, a good read. I didn't give it 5 stars because I grew tired of Cullen stating of his undying love for Alaina over and over again. I did like Sara a lot though. Must read Taken by Storm first. I liked this story better than the lst in series. Lb

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    On my re-read list.

    Loved it!

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    Posted September 6, 2012

    Very Good Book

    Great reading.

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    Posted March 31, 2012

    I liked it

    Good book

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    meh

    There were parts that were really important but the dialogue became so stilted that I couldn't help but roll my eyes and other times when the grammar was so off it was like Yoda was narrating (ex. glad was she). I started off thinking that the characters were likeable enough but after a while they started to irritate me a bit and I never really cared what happened to them. It was entertaining enough but not something I'd ever read again and I doubt I will buy anything else by her.

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