Englishwoman Genevieve Fitzsimmons never expected she'd return to the wilds of Scotland. And she certainly didn't expect to become governess to the son of Connor Douglas, the man with whom she shared her first kiss and her first heartbreak. The man who still intrigues her
For Connor, duty means everything. Years ago, it forced him to break Genevieve's heart and marry another womanone who made him miserable. Now a widower at odds with his son, he's determined to put his heart first.
As Connor and Genevieve begin to find their way toward a future together, they can't escape the past. Someone is bent upon revenge against Connor and his feelings for Genevieve make her the perfect target.
Previously published, newly revised by author.
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Julie Moffett writes in the genres of mystery and historical romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Award for best YA/NA Mystery, the 2014 HOLT Medallion for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virigina Author, the 2012 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure novel, and several other awards. Follow her on Twitter at @JMoffettAuthor or at www.juliemoffett.com.
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The magnificence of spring in the Scottish Highlands splashed across the countryside, covering the meadows in a riotous patchwork of yellow, green and purple. Genevieve Fitzsimmons peered curiously at the sight through the dusty carriage window, thinking Scotland didn't seem all that barbaric in the bright sunlight. But it wasn't the scenery that had her worried.
It was him, Connor Douglas. Scottish rogue and her future employer.
She narrowed her eyes and squinted in the distance, waiting for the famed twin turrets of Caisteal na Mara, or Castle by the Sea, to appear. The castle by the sea would be her new home, at least temporarily. For years her grandfather had spun delightful and frightening tales about the castle inhabitants.
Huddling in one corner of the otherwise empty carriage, Genevieve peered out the window and clung desperately to the seat. The carriage rocked so badly, she was certain a spill was imminent. Her stomach dropped as the road wound around a steep hill, revealing a precipitous rocky cliff on one side. Daring a glance down, she could see waves crashing against a boulder-strewn beach. Seagulls screeched in the sky as they circled, almost as if crying a warning to her.
The carriage continued its dangerous trek around the tor until suddenly the castle loomed ahead. Genevieve's breath caught at the sight of the imposing stone fortress. Surrounded by a thick, high wall on one side and the natural defense of the cliffs on the other, the only visible edifices she could see were the jutting twin turrets in the northeast and southeast corners.
At last the wheels lurched to a stop and Genevieve peered out the window. They were about to cross a bridge leading to the imposing castle. She craned her neck, looking up at the impressive structure just as her driver pulled forward across the bridge and into the bumpy courtyard.
The door opened and the grizzled driver held out his hand. "I hope the ride wasna too rough for ye, miss. Welcome to Caisteal na Mara."
She alighted, wanting to drop to her knees and kiss the ground, thankful she was yet alive. But instead she smiled graciously. "I thank you, sir." She placed her bonnet firmly back on her head, tucking in a few strands of her flyaway brown hair and tying the ribbon under her chin.
A middle-aged woman with a starched apron and white cap on her hair appeared at the doorway to the castle. She waved her hand at Genevieve. "Miss Fitzsimmons?"
"Yes." Genevieve walked toward her. "Are you Mrs. MacDougal?"
"Aye, I am." The housekeeper had a round, friendly face and Genevieve liked her instantly. "I trust the journey wasna too difficult."
She resisted the urge to rub her aching bum. "We stayed last night in the village, so the trip this morning was quite brief." She couldn't help but stare up at the castle, feeling small in its shadow. "'Tis quite an impressive structure."
"Aye, 'tis so. And we welcome ye warmly."
"Really?" Genevieve murmured.
The housekeeper must have heard her for she smiled. "Dinna fret, lass. Ye'll be treated fairly here. Although for many o' us, 'twas quite a surprise to hear Mr. Douglas had hired an Englishwoman. Sometimes, I fear the world has gone mad, I do."
Genevieve didn't sense any hostility behind the words, but something in her tone seemed odd. "You don't approve of an English governess?"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Those of you who have been following my reviews for a while know that I am not a fan of novellas in general so I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed Her Kilt-Clad Rogue when I read it last weekend. Admittedly, I picked up the book on a whim and wasn't expecting to like it at all but I ended up enjoying it a lot. The novella centers around Genevieve Fitzsimmons a first time governess who has had to turn to working due to family debts and much to her chagrin she ends up taking a position in her teenage sweetheart's castle who abandoned her, married another woman and had a son. So as you can figure poor Genevieve is having a rough time of it already and now she has to deal with Connor's unruly son Ewan as well as feeling for her old flame who is acting rather strangely. I really liked Genevieve's character a lot. She was smart, witty and was a woman who knew what she wanted. Plus she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself and Ewan when the time came. Connor was a bit of an enigma in the beginning of the story and I wasn't sure if I liked him very much in the beginning but as the plot developed I liked him more. He had the weight of the world on his shoulders and when the big mystery behind his wife's death came to fruition things that were keeping him and Genevieve apart were resolved. I also really liked Ewan. He was a little boy trying to be a man dealing with the sudden suicide of his mother at what he thought could have been his father's fault as well as being governed by a English woman, and dealing with a stuck up woman who was intent on taking his mothers place. He had a lot going on and I'm glad he and Genevieve were able to become friends despite his earlier reservations. The overall plot was very well developed especially for a novella. I wasn't expecting there to be as strong of a story as there was given that the story was just slightly over 103 pages in length. There was a lot of components to the story and the author didn't rush into the romance aspect Her Kilt-Clad Rogue. I thought every thing went together so well and I was pleased at how the story played out. I was also pleased that the characters were as developed as they were. As a first time reader of Julie Moffett I have to say that the author did an awesome job hooking me onto her writing style and I can't wait to read many more books by her and hope that she continues writing for a long time to come. I would highly recommend Her Kilt-Clad Rogue to all historical romance fans out there. I think this would make for the perfect afternoon read curled up on the couch as it rains outside with a cup of hot tea on the side table and a pet in your lap. Or anytime really. Especially if you're looking for a quick, well written read.
I'm a sucker for a good highlander novel, and this story did not disappoint. Although this book is short compared to many novels, I didn't feel like I missed out on that much information. The only thing I didn't like was that the summary tells us that "Someone is bent upon revenge against Connor...." and I don't feel like that was portrayed well in the book. I was expecting events and bad things to be happening or someone attempting to harm Connor, but if it was there, I sure didn't see it. But as for the characters themselves, I liked Connor. I wish that he had been described a bit more though. And I admired Genevieve's strength. She put up her walls and tried her best not to let her past feelings for Connor surface. I loved how we get to get inside Connors head after he sees Genevieve for the first time after 10 years. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
Previously published in 2003 in the anthology Then He Kissed Her. I very much enjoyed this novella by Julie Moffett. Englishwoman Geneive Fitzsimmons is headed to the Scottish Highlands to become governess to Ewan Douglas, son the Connor Douglas, the Highland rogue that had broken her heart ten years before. What on earth had made her accept this job? And how would she react to seeing Conner again. She had spent years trying to forget him! Conner, recently widowed, needed help raising his head strong son. He can think of no better person than Geneive and since he has never forgotten their time together he eagerly awaits her arrival. Was it possible that the feelings they once had for each other be resurrected? Should they fight the attaction they still felt towards each other and could they get past the fact that most people thought Conner had murdered his first wife? A hidden treasure, a possible murderer and a catty female vying for Conner's attention all make for a very interesting and fun read and makes you turn page after page to see if they really get their happy ending.
This was an amazing story ! I wish Julie Moffett would have written several more historical books besides the two I've had the fortune to read.
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This is such a great book. Such an easy read. I highly recommend it!!!