The Laird

The Laird

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by Grace Burrowes
     
 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes delivers another passionate Regency romance...

He left his bride to go to war...
After years of soldiering, Michael Brodie returns to his Highland estate to find that the bride he left behind has become a stranger. Brenna is self-sufficient,

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes delivers another passionate Regency romance...

He left his bride to go to war...
After years of soldiering, Michael Brodie returns to his Highland estate to find that the bride he left behind has become a stranger. Brenna is self-sufficient, competent, confident-and furious about Michael's prolonged absence.

Now his most important battle will be for her heart
Brenna is also hurt, bewildered, and tired of fighting for the respect of those around her. Michael left her when she needed him most, and then stayed away even after the war ended. Nonetheless, the young man who abandoned her has come home a wiser, more patient and honorable husband. But if she trusts Michael with the truths she's been guarding, he'll have to choose between his wife and everything else he holds dear.

Captive Hearts series:
The Captive (Book 1)
The Traitor (Book 2)
The Laird (Book 3)

"Burrowes delivers powerful and moving romance." -RT Book Reviews

Praise for The MacGregor's Lady:

"Consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories." -Publishers Weekly

"Engaging, deliciously sensual, superbly written romance." -Library Journal

"Absolutely enchanting." -Romance Junkies

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/25/2015
In closing the Captive Hearts Regency trilogy (after The Captive and The Traitor), which closely examines post-traumatic struggles, Burrowes uses the familiar romance framework to tell a somber and affecting story about people who did the best they could under awful circumstances. Nine years after disappearing on his wedding night to go to war, Michael Brodie returns home to Scotland without warning. His bride, Brenna, isn't sure how they can put back together a marriage that never really got started, but her love for Michael means she's willing to try. While the typical romantic push and pull appear, the true center of the story is the damage caused both in war and by evildoers close to home. Burrowes displays exceptional skill in dealing gently with difficult topics, including sexual assault, and manages to build a remarkably positive story that ends happily; would that all such tales did. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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"Tender and touching... Readers seeking a sweet, sensitive romance will savor this tale " - RT Book Reviews

"Burrowes portrays all her characters and their depth and growth with realistic detail and insights. She also deftly blends romance with serious issues to create a compelling balance." - Booklist

Library Journal
08/01/2014
Returning to the responsibility of his Highland clan after nine years away, Michael Brodie is greeted not only by his loyal, competent, yet resentful wife, Brenna—no longer the child bride he remembers—but also by a strangely troubled family who are not at all as he left them. Unrest simmers just below the surface, and evil lurks in this seamlessly plotted story that drops enough clues for readers to connect the dots but doesn't lessen the impact when the crafty, perverted villain finally gets his comeuppance. A fiercely protective heroine with secrets to guard and an honorable hero determined to win her trust find understanding and love as they confront betrayal, child abuse, and deception in a tale brightened by shards of humor and exquisite character development. VERDICT Tender, sexy, and thoroughly satisfying, this final book in the "Captive Hearts" trio neatly ties up dangling threads but leaves major hints of a possible second series to come. Note: Each story stands on its own in this back-to-back trilogy about linked military heroes dealing with the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, but readers may wish to begin at the beginning with The Captive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402295027
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Series:
Captive Hearts, #3
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
408,179
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Laird 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
This is Michael's tale and it was, admittedly, harder to read than the others in this series. From the beginning, there was this darkness that lingered over Brenna. The more I read, the more my heart wept for her. It wasn't over the way Michael abandoned her so soon after marrying her. It was the secrets she kept, the depravity of a man she should have been able to trust while her husband was off to war, and the loneliness she felt because of the burdens she carried. I love strong fictional women, especially those who are strong in spirit. They cannot be broken, will not kowtow to anyone, will not hide in the shadows to save face. Brenna is that kind of woman. She stood strong no matter how much the her misdeeds weighed on her. She carried on and gave being laird by proxy her everything. Michael couldn't have chosen a better woman to be his wife. After years campaigning abroad, he returns to his wife, clan, and castle to find a lot has changed. Families that were there have left. Brenna's grown in a beautiful but secretive woman. The villagers despise his wife. His Uncle Angus and Brenna no longer get along. Ten years away was ten years too long. They say patience is a virtue and that good things come to those who wait. Michael's willingness to exhibit those two things toward Brenna paid off. He gained her trust, her love, and access to one of the secrets she kept. The other secret... That's what made this story hard to read. The depravity of mankind toward those weaker, smaller, and younger is an important part of Brenna's history and is the basis of the discord between her and Angus. It was heartbreaking when Michael discovered it. The anger, hurt, and disgust he felt was so intense I could feel it through my ereader. And each time I thought of it, of him discovering it, my heart broke again. But you know what? It was worth it. Everything I felt while reading this book was worth experiencing. A definite recommendation for anyone looking for a historical Regency romance with amazing characters, mystery, intrigue, and (of course) an awesome happy ending. ***Received from NetGalley for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book.  Because I normally like this author, I pushed myself through it thinking that it would surely get better.  It never did.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
As always, I stand in awe of Ms. Burrowes and her talent for coming up with unique and exquisitely delicate ways of dealing with some of the harshest of realities. This is the third book in the series and it deals with Michael, who served as "the Traitor's" assistant while he was in France doing what he was doing. Michael hasn't been home in ten years and he left a wife behind when he fled (in part because he didn't know how to be a husband). He comes back and finds a strong woman in place of the little girl he wed. Brenna has suffered hideous fates over her years. Not only was she abandoned by her husband the day after they wed, but the monster who abused her was left to watch over her and Michaels' keep. The subplot to this story is learning the true depths of horror that not only Brenna, but many other little children (boys primarily) have suffered at the hands of the monster. For me, there was no more heart-breaking scene, or freeze-frame moment, than when one of Brenna's brothers follows the monster into a Scottish village and sees toy soldiers abandoned by the doorstep of a house because their owner (a little boy presumably) has been summoned inside.....and the reader is left to draw their own (heart-wrenching) conclusions. Brenna and MIchael learn about each other as they might have had he not gone away to war and gradually he finds a way to help her heal from the wrongs done her (not just the abuse as a child, but mistreatment/misjudgment as an adult as she tried to tend to Michael's people in his absence). The final scene, or rather probably the ultimate in heart-pulling in this book once again comes when dealing with the monster just before his story is resolved. He acknowledges that he's a monster and seems genuinely to abhor what he does and the fact that he's not strong enough to stop.  So in short, if you want a book that's going to tug on all your emotions, this is definitely the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue reading Ms. Burrowes' work with great delight for years to come. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ExArkie More than 1 year ago
This book is truly boring! I love many of Ms. Burrowes' books - and actually, like the first two of this series; but, this one is BORING, IMHO!
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Captive Hearts Series, was, as Grace Burrowes mentions in her author's note, different from other books by Burrowes has written. The story starts off slowly and the relationship builds slowly, even though they were married 9 years ago, before Michael went off to war in France. Brenna was 16 when she married 21-year-old Michael, and she felt abandoned by her husband. She built a life for herself as lady of the castle, though her people aren't quite happy with her. Michael finally comes home to find a grown woman where he left a young girl, and a castle in far better condition that he left it. He also finds that his wife is not happy to see him and a long struggle to earn her trust and affection, for he quickly realizes that he does love her and he regrets staying away for so long. He also slowly comes to realize that his wife has secrets and has major trust issues. Pieces slowly come to light as Michael works to win his wife's love and trust. Brenna holds her secrets very close to her heart. If she confides in Michael, she fears she will hurt him, but by keeping silent about her painful past, she is protecting him. The secrets she holds are hard to read about once she finally opens up, but I think Grace Burrowes handled well. They do get their happy ever after and the bad guy does get found out and justice is served. The road to that happy ending built slowly and I enjoyed the story and the characters. The trilogy overall isn't my favorite series by Grace Burrowes, but I did enjoy reading the three books in the series and I do recommend it to any who likes Grace Burrowes.
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This book is well written but not a light romance. Has a very dark theme. It was not what I was looking for in a romance novel. I would not have read if I'd known. However, can't help but like the main characters.
CarmellaS More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is a romance but it is totally different than what you usually read. We all want that "happily ever after" after some turmoil but this story takes it another step, a deeper darker step. The main couple in this story is Michael and Brenna. Brenna came to Michael's family when she was 8, he 13. It was always known that they would marry. They always liked one another, Michael always feeling protective over her. They marry when she is 16 and he 21. That night Michael left to join the war without consummating their marriage. Ten years later he return. He doesn't know this Brenna as she doesn't know this Michael. So much has happened to them that they have to get to know each other all over again. He has endured the perils of War...death, battle, hunger, weather and she has endured trying to run a Castle....finances, Michael's mother taking her 3 daughters and returning to Ireland, Michaels father dying after a fall from a horse. Plus, Michael's sister has sent their youngest sister Maeve(about 8) to Michael to raise as the Laird and thr oldest. Now Brenna and Michael have to start over, being hit with several obstacles and then the secrets they both hold. They need to know each other again, trust and finally love before all can be made right. I think this book was written exceptionally well. You learn fairly quick who the "bad man" is and what the issue is. The handling of it is what was done so well. The secrets come out and you feel the pain of the characters, the guilt and the helplessness. This is a story of healing, not between a man and a woman. but a whole Clan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me so much of tthe abuse going on today and I feel GB brought the emotions of the characters exactly into play. An end to an excellent series. LORRAINE
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
A former soldier in the Napoleonic wars, Michael Brodie finally comes home to Castle Brodie in Scotland after nine years. Though the war ended two years previously, Michael stayed on in England to help his superior officer, Sebastian St. Clair (from The Traitor). Newly christened with the title of Baron Strathdee for his efforts, he is an easygoing, honorable, and kind gentleman. And extremely patient. He’s a perfect balance to his secretive and troubled wife, Brenna, who hides painful secrets from her childhood that threaten their marriage because the very real threat has not gone away. In fact, it’s extremely close to Michael and, thus, to her. The quiet, isolated landscape of the Scottish Highlands is a perfect backdrop to Brenna’s lonely past. Since he left, his family soon followed suit, nearly abandoning her to the rough Scottish winters and her few cousins, the MacLogans. I didn’t quite understand why his family didn’t take her with them. She was only sixteen when she married Michael, a child bride. Brenna is a quiet, outwardly calm soul who struggles daily with her past, keeping it hidden from her beloved husband. Michael’s sudden and unexpected reappearance upends her world. “‘Not a headache.’ A husband. The human equivalent of a skittle ball knocking the pins of Brenna’s routines in all directions.” (p64) There are many touching and beautifully rendered scenes in this delicate story. In the privacy of their bedroom, for example, Brenna is a maiden as Michael left the day after their wedding, their vows unconsummated because he feared leaving her with a baby. They are virtually strangers and Michael approaches Brenna cautiously and tenderly with friendship and love. They have to get to know each other all over again, no matter that they have been betrothed since she was eight and he thirteen. Soon, however, they come to trust and love each other dearly, and he becomes her biggest champion, especially when he learns what she had to bear. When Maeve, Michael’s very young sister, comes to live with them, Brenna’s past rears its ugly head once again as she desperately tries to keep Maeve safe, all while keeping her secret. Milly and Sebastian (from The Traitor) come to visit and their sturdy and compassionate friendship are the very support that Michael and Brenna need in their fragile marriage. The third in the Captive Hearts series, this story is best read in order. Above all, Burrowes, an attorney, writes of a painful and sensitive topic with the grace and elegance her writing is known for. This book is a beautiful treasure, and a homage to love and family.
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
I love Burrowes writing. She transports me in every book she writes. This time I got to travel to the Scottish Highlands. The story line was interesting and kept me glued to my e-reader. I loved this series and can't wait to read more from Burrowes.
ReaderWriterEditor More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! A poignant, satisfying love story: I love the way The Laird opens with the delicacy of a minuet and the danger of a Scottish sword dance. After nine years’ separation, Brenna and Michael carefully search out ways to reconnect -- as friends, and as wife and husband. But closeness requires trust and honesty, and Brenna fears her revelations would mean the loss of Michael’s love and of the life she has carefully constructed during his absence in a village where most seem to despise her. Michael’s opening salvo in defense of his wife is brilliant and effective; their mutual wooing proceeds with caution, sharp edges rubbing, and the occasional sweet joy. The overshadowing conflict is revealed to the reader bit by bit: like a trail of bread crumbs -- or perhaps, poison mushrooms -- with the final resolution both poignant and satisfying. As with many of the books I love, I finished it, then almost immediately started it again. This book has depth in its characters and a virtuosity of plotting that will bring me back to it time and again. I laughed when Michael discussed his marital difficulties with his horse; worried about the threat that looms like the blackest cloud (or perhaps seeps beneath like a sucking bog); and shared the delight when the wooing between Wife and Husband finally blossomed into joy, lust, comfort, and a fullness of love. Readers of this review should know: I exchanged an advanced reader’s copy of a book I edited (now in print and e-form!) for The Laird. Thank you, Grace, both for the offer to read our ARC and for all the wonderful books you have written.
def618 More than 1 year ago
The Laird is the last of a trilogy that is darker than Grace Burrowes usually writes but I found the entire series to be very good. Grace's books are well written and the plot keeps you reading, late into the night. I thought my favorite hero of the trilogy would be Mercia, but I love Michael! I've never met a man with so much patience. I do not write plot spoilers but I highly recommend this book.
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caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
Well this is the last book in this trilogy, and what is the saying “saving the best till last”, and I LOVED IT. That is why I give it 5 stars. This book is about Michael Brodie, Sebastian St Clair’s ‘bodyguard’. It continues the story from The Captive and The Traitor and explains all about Michael Brodie. Michael’s father had made an arrangement with one of his friends that his son, should marry his daughter Brenna and this arrangement was made when Michael was young but Brenna was only 8 years old at the time so Michael used to watch and protect her as best he could because he knew one day she would be his wife. They married when Brenna was 16 and never consummated the marriage as Michael went off to war the morning after their wedding. He returned 2 years after the war had ended so Brenna was cross that it had taken him so long to come home. The story then tells the tale of what happened to Brenna before and while Michael was away and how they find the love that they have always shared. This story contains a very sensitive sub plot which Grace Burrowes has dealt with in a very sensitive manner. I wanted to get into the story in some parts and shake (for a nice word!) one of the character as you felt you were there, and the twist in the story kept me entertained till the end. Congratulations on a Fabulous book. I rate this as one of my definite ‘MUST READS’, but read the trilogy from start to finish as this adds to the story.
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PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoy Burrowes’ writing style.  She’s eloquent yet fun.  This author paints a breathtaking picture of the highlands.  Not only can you see it, but you can smell it and all the castle’s surroundings.  I’ve never seen an author bring your olfactory senses so far to the forefront of a novel before.    She captures your heart and mind with the possibilities in this magical novel.  Burrowes also deals with some topics that are not only difficult today but would have been indescribably taboo at the time.  This makes her tale even more intense than it would have been otherwise.  It also breaks your heart, but gives you faith in mankind.   My first thought on the cast in this novel?  The uncle is so skeazey that you can feel the slime coming off of him, even before you really get to know him.  I appreciate the fact that the male lead, although a laird and war hero, still tries to be a better person.  He also tries to make things right by his wife.  He never expects nor demands from her.  He is caring and emotional without giving up the essential toughness of a laird.  The female lead’s protective yet secretive nature is quite understandable based on her estrangement from her husband and lack of other family.  It becomes even more so when you find out her entire story.  Her persistence and resilience is astounding.   This is a fantastic tale that transports readers through time and space to the Scottish Highlands of old.   It was a complete story in and of itself.  Even though it’s part of a series, I can easily be read as a standalone.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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