The Devil's Heart (Chattan Curse Series #3)

The Devil's Heart (Chattan Curse Series #3)

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by Cathy Maxwell
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with her most unforgettable novel about the Chattan family yet . . .

They call her the Unattainable. Lady Margaret Chattanspurned every suitor for her hand, vowing never to marry.The only way to break the curse plaguing her family for twocenturies is this ultimate sacrifice. But now her brothers'

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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with her most unforgettable novel about the Chattan family yet . . .

They call her the Unattainable. Lady Margaret Chattanspurned every suitor for her hand, vowing never to marry.The only way to break the curse plaguing her family for twocenturies is this ultimate sacrifice. But now her brothers' livesare in danger. Determined to save them, she risks her verysoul by traveling into the heart of the Highlands to battlea force that has transcended time.

Heath Macnachtan is not superstitious. Laird of the mostindependent, nonconforming, madly infuriating clan ever tograce Scotland, he believes he has his hands full. And then awoman lauded as one of the most beautiful in England arriveson his doorstep with wild accusations and a mystical quest . . . onethat just might help him discover who murdered his own brother.

But the real danger for Heath and Margaret is not asupernatural foe, but a very real love that could destroy them both.

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Library Journal
Margaret Chattan travels to Scotland in the hope of overturning a curse that has plagued her family for generations. According to lore, the male Chattans will die if they fall in love. Margaret is the first daughter born during this time, and her brothers, Harry and Neal, are both recently wed (Lyon’s Bride; The Devil’s Witch). But on the journey, Margaret’s carriage and all her outriders are blown off a Scottish mountainside. Margaret and Harry’s valet Rowan are the sole survivors, though she appears completely unharmed. Heath Macnachtan, the new laird of the clan following his brother’s murder a year earlier, has enough problems with debt, rambunctious crofters, and two high-spirited sisters to bother with curses and mysterious white cats. Yet the earnest Margaret intrigues him. When she declares they are betrothed following a night spent together while searching for a way to break the curse, Heath is fairly eager to go along.

Verdict The younger son who now must shoulder his clan’s responsibilities and the reserved yet intrepid Englishwoman who harbors a devastating secret find a love stronger than any superstition. A lovely conclusion to Maxwell’s trilogy; for all romance collections.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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Kirkus Reviews
Lady Margaret Chattan journeys to the Scottish Highlands in the hopes of breaking a family curse and saving her brothers; along the way, she finds an angry witch, a helpful spirit and the love of her life. One of the most beautiful women in Regency England, and part of one of the most influential families, Lady Margaret is considered a spectacular catch, but the last thing on her mind is marriage. Since she secretly squandered her virtue years ago, she avoids romantic relationships, acquiring a reputation for being cold and distant and the nickname The Unattainable. More recently, her attention has been focused on breaking an ancient curse that kills the Chattan men once they fall in love, which her two beloved brothers have foolishly done. Margaret is the first female Chattan in generations, so everyone is looking to her for answers. Traveling to Scotland to follow up on her brothers' research, Margaret's party is accosted by a sudden, violent storm which blows them all off the road and over a cliff. Miraculously, Margaret alone survives and is found by Heath Macnachtan, laird of the descendants of the witch who set the curse. Convinced the storm was the supernatural work of the witch, and her survival was due to the gentle spirit of the witch's daughter, Margaret is met with derision by the Macnachtans. Still, there are dark events in the clan, too--including the murder of Heath's elder brother, the former laird--and the more the two explore that mystery, as well as the history of the curse, the more they are drawn together, despite Heath's skepticism. Concluding the Chattan Curse trilogy, popular historical romance author Maxwell has penned an intriguing, suspenseful story with supernatural elements that keeps the audience captivated and curious. The romantic and sexual tensions are fueled both by ancient familial enmity and a decadelong attraction on Heath's part to The Unattainable Lady Margaret, but love ultimately conquers all due to trust, respect and brave hearts. A fresh, unique storyline that encompasses mystery, an avenging witch and a high-stakes love affair makes this an intriguing, satisfying romance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410460165
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
08/07/2013
Series:
Chattan Curse Series, #3
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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The Devil's Heart 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in a series. I liked reading the 1st and 2nd book of the series. Then I had to buy the third book to see if the curse was broken. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it kept you guessing until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great ending to this trilogy! I can't pick a favorite. Each book tackles the curse, but how they deal with it, is so different. I strongly feel you need to read the complete series and not just one book , because they are so tied together. Sometimes the ending on the last book is lacking with other authors but not in this trilogy! Ms. Maxwell tied everything together in the Epilogue. Highly recommend this series! (Ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found I couldn't put this book down, not even for a minute!! It had intrigue, and I thought the paranormal aspect was good. I was a little sorry though that the spirit of Rose wasn't more prounounced as much as that of Fenella. All in all though, I felt wonderful about how the story ended.
Mshellmybelle67 More than 1 year ago
I liked the REALNESS of the characters. What can I say, I like the countryside!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and twists in it. It has too much sex in it for me.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Heart was a fun quick read, but it did leave something a little lacking.  I couldn't seem to connect to the main characters very well.  Lady Margaret Chattan has earned the name Unattainable by snubbing her nose at all potential suitors.  But she often complains about how alone she is.  While I very much  look up to her for decision to hunt down the sourse of the curse on her family, I wondered throughout the whole story why it took the family so long to try and fix it? Heath Macnachtan is a somewhat typcial Scottish Laird.  He cares for his family, his people, his land, and the rest can be damned.  Until he meets Margaret.  One of my absolute favorite scenes (and recurring joke throughout the story) was the scene where the met outside his house and "argued" for the first time.  It was very memorable and unique and I wish the rest of the story had kept that feeling. As a lover of paranormal, I would have liked to see a little more of the witch and the curse manifested along the way.  At times I was almost able to forget that it was "real" as it disappeared from the forefront of the storyline.  This was a very well-written and thought out story - I think I was just expecting something a little different and something a little more paranormal.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
BACKSTORY: owing to a jilted Rose Macnachtan by Charles Chattan, heaven’s knows how many generations ago, Rose’s mother Fenella cursed the Chattans forever: viz., once they fall in love they are doomed to die. And so over time the Macnachtan clan hated the Chattans and vice versa. In this book 3, The Devil's Heart, both of Lady Margaret Chattan’s brothers are lying near death, and she is their last hope for breaking the spell. After all, the curse was put on the Chattan men and said nothing about Chattan females. Lady Margaret sets off in two carriages with a maid and men servants, plus a peculiarly-eared white cat that no one but she sees. As they approach Macnachtan land, a wild – it’s got to be magic – storm destroys carriages, horses, men, maid; the sole survivors are the badly hurt Margaret and her Indian footman Rowan. Laird Heath Macnachtan, last of the clan, while visiting the site of his brother’s murder, comes upon the wreckage, the hurt servant, and a not-at-all-hurt (magic?) Margaret. He brings them both to his home to be tended to. This time around the clan hatred has abated: Heath’s two sisters are helpful to Margaret, and it appears so is Dara, the widow of the slain brother. Fenella’s magic is strong, but the two lovers (yes, Heath and Margaret) finally break the curse with the help of the mysterious white cat (an incarnation of Rose?). And Heath finds out who murdered his brother. The story read well, and so I enjoyed it on the long Memorial Day weekend 2013.
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
Can I trust you as much as I love you? Lady Margaret Cattan went to find Heath Macnachtan looking for a grand fight.   She was the last hope her brothers had to break the curse that was taking their lives away.   The hope that the curse only affected the males in her family gave her confidence but the force that was set up to stop her was a powerful one reaching out from beyond the grave. Heath came to Margaret’s rescue when the first disaster struck but her tales of a book of spells, revenge from a ghost, and reincarnated cats is not something he chooses to believe in.  Heath is trying to keep his family estate intact and clean up the financial mess his late brother left him.  Margaret tells a very convincing story and draws Heath into her web of curses that besiege her family.  But it may be Margaret that is drawing him in not what she is talking about as the  more he thinks about her the more he wants to embrace her.  When Heath chooses to help Margaret  find the answer that will save her brothers, he starts to wonder where the real danger lies for him. What Margaret has to convince Heath is that there is more than what his eyes behold in front of him.   The journey they must take to solve the plight upon her family requires belief that all things are possible and the answer is right in front of you whether you see it or not. An explosive end to an engrossing series that has kept me hooked from the first word in book one to the last sentence of book three
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As we all know Ms. Maxwell is a great writer and you can buy her books nowing you are in for a wonderful treat. Ms. D from Bronx NY
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