The Highlander's Heart [NOOK Book]

Overview

Fleeing into the wilderness to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale would sooner face down a wild boar than spend another night with her wretched husband. Battered by the elements, desperate to elude a band of attackers, and defending herself against, as fate would have it, a wild boar she is rescued by the handsome Laird David Campbell.

Campbell knows holding Isabelle captive for ransom is his best chance to temper the storm threatening to destroy his clan. The ...

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Overview

Fleeing into the wilderness to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale would sooner face down a wild boar than spend another night with her wretched husband. Battered by the elements, desperate to elude a band of attackers, and defending herself against, as fate would have it, a wild boar she is rescued by the handsome Laird David Campbell.

Campbell knows holding Isabelle captive for ransom is his best chance to temper the storm threatening to destroy his clan. The ransom of an English countess should be more than enough to pay off his debts to England and save him from an unwanted marriage. But Isabelle didn't escape her husband just to become another man's captive and Laird Campbell is seriously misguided if he thinks she's going to go quietly.

Praise for The Highlander's Sword:

"Highly entertaining debut romantic comedy of miscommunications and misunderstandings."
-Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Forester follows 2010’s The Highlander’s Sword with another vivid portrait of romance in 14th-century Scotland. Five years after Lady Isabelle Tynsdale leaves her aged husband, she travels to the king’s court seeking to have her marriage dissolved, narrowly avoiding a confrontation with her husband’s soldiers. Isabelle is saved from a band of attackers by Sir David Campbell, a Highlander known as an enemy of the king. Their mutual attraction doesn’t stop David from taking Isabelle prisoner when he learns her identity, as he figures her husband will pay a pretty penny to ransom her back. As Isabelle makes several humorously botched attempts to escape David’s castle, the assertive English lady clashes frequently with the brusque Highlander. Despite the book’s unusual length, the plot never falters, and fans of Highland romance will appreciate Forester’s devotion to historical accuracy and effortless storytelling. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"A lush, enjoyable historical, The Highlander's Heart is sure to entertain many readers!" - Night Owl Reviews
RT Book Reviews
Forester continues her Highlander series with a delightful romp. With its large and wonderfully crafted cast of characters, a triple romance, colorful historical details and the mayhem and madness that ensues, the author entertains and amuses all.
Book of Secrets
THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART is the perfect book to get lost in for a few hours. Romance, adventure, a brooding Highlander, a determined heroine, political intrigue, and the beauty of Scotland. What's not to love?
Love to Read For Fun
this was a good book with great characters, lots of hot sexual tension and flirty banter.
Yankee Romance Reviewers
Amanda Forester has given us another wonderful Highland Romance that will tickle your fancy and tingle to the toes. A story of good guys and bad guys that give you all the action you could possibly want with a solid storyline that is sure to please.
Long and Short Reviews
The Highlander's Heart isn't your average romance. Instead you are plunged into the lives and experiences of those surrounding Isabelle and David. As a bonus, Ms. Forester's elegant writing style is enhanced with beautifully written dialogue and attention to detail. Enthusiasts of historical romance will undoubtedly enjoy this newest offering in the genre.
Fresh Fiction
This is a lovely and fun romance to get lost back in the Scottish highlands, so find a wee bit of time and enjoy! You won't regret it!
Debbie's Book Bag
This is a well written historical romance that would recommend to any of my readers. Take the time to read this one, it's well worth it!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402253058
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 39,736
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Amanda Forester works as a psychology clinical researcher and a university instructor. She is the author of The Highlander's Sword and is working on the third in her Scottish medieval romance trilogy. Amanda lives with her officer and gentleman husband and their two children in the Pacific Northwest.

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Prologue

Tynsdale Castle, England

Late spring, 1355

The Earl of Tynsdale hovered near death, and not a soul wished him to linger. Simon lounged in a chair by the bedside of his dying father, his long legs stretched out before him. The old man moaned and gasped for breath. Simon was hopeful for a moment, but the earl continued his rattled breathing. Hellfire but this was dull.

Simon had been waiting for his father's death for weeks now. He'd helped himself to his father's wine, his father's wenches; he was running out of things to do. He was not a man who enjoyed being idle.

Lord Tynsdale's eyes were sunk deep into bony sockets, his dried, sallow flesh hung loose from his face. Simon turned away with disgust. His father couldn't do anything right. He had been a hard man in life, greedy and capricious with his affections. Simon was his bastard son, and his father never let him forget it. The earl would acknowledge Simon when it suited him, deny him when it didn't. The earl wanted to sire a legitimate son, but Simon made sure that never happened. It was just a game they played. The earl denied much to Simon, and Simon returned the favor.

Simon shifted in his chair and took another long draft of ale. Five years ago his father, always the optimist, had taken another young wife with the hopes of yet siring an heir. Simon was forced to take measures into his own hands before his father could get the wench breeding. As a result, the young Lady Tynsdale had fled back to her home at Alnsworth, and his father had been at war with Alnsworth ever since.

But now the lady's uncle had died, leaving Alnsworth Castle to her, and thus to her husband. Since Tynsdale would soon be departing this earth, Alnsworth would revert to Lady Tynsdale. If she were to learn of Tynsdale's death and marry another, Alnsworth Castle and its surrounding lands would be given to some other lucky bastard.

Simon stood and took another deep swig. No, he would not allow that to happen. His father's lands and holdings, including Alnsworth, would be his. Whatever his father had denied Simon in life, Simon would steal from him in death.

"Page!"

A young lad burst into the room and stood at lock-kneed attention.

"Send a messenger to Alnsworth Castle to summon the Lady Tynsdale to present herself. Her lord demands her presence at once."

The lad bowed and scurried from the room. Simon fell back into his chair, the wood squeaking under his weight. He would take care of the problem of Lady Tynsdale.

The earl moaned and gasped again. Simon rolled his eyes. How long could it possibly take for this bag of bones to die? Simon fingered a pillow by his father's side. Perhaps it was time to hasten things along...

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Great Read

    The Highlander's Heart combines intrigue, suspense, and pulse-pounding romance. From start to finish, the book takes the reader on an unforgettable journey with characters that come to life on the page. Amanda Forester has penned a novel that historical romance fans will thoroughly enjoy, with multiple twists and turns that will keep readers on their toes.

    The heroine, Isabelle, is the perfect balance of strong and vulnerable. Knowing she faces certain death, she relies on her wit and instinct to survive. Nothing in her world is black and white, and there is no one she can trust. Every moment reveals more about her past, which is dark to say the least. Likewise, the hero, David, is confronted with his own conflicts. Destined to lead his clan, he has no other option but to see to the welfare of his people. His loyalty is unwavering. However, he can't resist the alluring beauty that stumbles across his path. Although Isabelle is a woman he can't have, he fanaticizes of what might have been if circumstances were different.

    The obstacles standing between Isabelle and David, while enormous, only bring the star-crossed duo closer together. This is the beauty of A Highlander's Heart and what makes the book so memorable. There is no guaranteed happily-ever-after. Rather, the hero and heroine must struggle to come to terms with what they can and cannot change.

    Multiple plot lines add richness and depth to the plot, and all the secondary characters are well-rounded. The Highlander's Heart isn't your average romance. Instead you are plunged into the lives and experiences of those surrounding Isabelle and David. As a bonus, Ms. Forester's elegant writing style is enhanced with beautifully written dialogue and attention to detail. Enthusiasts of historical romance will undoubtedly enjoy this newest offering in the genre.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great Read!

    I loved this story. I am a big fan of highlander romance and this did not disappoint. Look forward to more of the authors work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Funny lady and classic highlander

    I really enjoyed this one. The story was interesting, characters well developed. I don't read many historical romance where the lady is so comical? Not sure that is the word I'm looking for. I highly reccomend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Decent

    Nice story but it tends to drag. Religious undertones and no steamy scenes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Loved this story!  A bit predictable, but it didn't detract from

    Loved this story!  A bit predictable, but it didn't detract from how much I enjoyed the book.  I stayed up well past my bed time to keep reading. Looking forward to reading her other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Great Read!

    I really enjoyed this book! I love the Scots! I love the charisma between Isabella and David. I also enjoyed the concept of faith and trusting God to answer your prayers throughout the book. There were times throughout the book when it jumped to another group of characters, which threw me off at times, but it all came together towards the end. Read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Loved the book. I enjoy books set in ancient Scotland, and she

    Loved the book. I enjoy books set in ancient Scotland, and she did an excellent job describing the time and setting. Have read three of her books, and look forward to more. They are books I will read over more than once.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Absolutely check it out.

    I liked this story a lot even though at times it started to wear me out. I find myself wanting this to be a series so that I can hear what happens next to his family and to the baby they are going to have!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Good story!

    290pgs

    Good read. Kept me wanting more and up late to find out how it would end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Great book

    Fantastic characters , love the way the Bible is weaved into the story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    brilliant!

    brilliant!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Great read

    Good character development

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Great Scottish Novel

    Loved the story and felt like I knew the characters. Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Good highlander romance

    I liked this book but I liked the 1st book better. This one kinda' rambled around and got alittle repetitive. Loved the main characters and the humor. All in all I would reccomend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    2nd time around

    If Scotland is where u want to be...these books will give u that adventure. Being the second time around because i bought the 3rd in this series i want it to flow and with the ppl in this book....never a dull moment

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Loved it!

    Ms. Forester has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She is a wonderful storyteller, and I can't wait for the third in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    A Must Read

    Great Read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    drags a bit okay book not great

    Had good parts in the beginning and the end but the middle just kind of drug along. Couldn't wait to get to the end and get some excitement

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Britany to Josh

    Da<_>mn. She told u didnt she? Ok. Go to the res b4 this or something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this, especially the unexpected bits of humor. My only complaint is that the "happy ending" was a little bit TOO happy . . . Almost a deus ex machina, as more and more people came out of the mist at the end. It was like " But wait, there's more!"

    Other than that, lots of fun.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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