The Highlander's Heart

The Highlander's Heart

by Amanda Forester

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She's nobody's prisoner...and he's nobody's fool.

Lady Isabelle Tynsdale's flight over the Scottish border would have been the perfect escape, if only she hadn't run straight into the arms of a gorgeous Highland laird. Whether his plan is ransom or seduction, her only hope is to outwit him, or she'll lose herself entirely...

Laird David Campbell thought Lady Isabelle was going to be easy to handle and profitable too. He never imagined he'd have such a hard time keeping one enticing English countess out of trouble. And out of his heart.

The Highlander Series:
The Highlander's Sword (Book 1)
The Highlander's Heart (Book 2)
True Highland Spirit (Book 3)

Praise for Amanda Forester:
"This clever combination of wit, romance, and suspense strikes all the right notes." -Booklist, Starred Review on A Wedding in Springtime
"Plenty of intrigue keeps the reader cheering all the way." — Publishers Weekly
"Passionate and spellbinding!" — Mary Wine, acclaimed author of Highland Heat

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402253058
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 41,690
File size: 1 MB

About 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.

Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester's novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.

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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.


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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"A lush, enjoyable historical, The Highlander's Heart is sure to entertain many readers!" - Night Owl Reviews

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Highlander's Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story but it tends to drag. Religious undertones and no steamy scenes.
spfreader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
290pgs Good read. Kept me wanting more and up late to find out how it would end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic characters , love the way the Bible is weaved into the story
bklein More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character development
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and felt like I knew the characters. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read
owlspiritwoman More than 1 year ago
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
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At heart website.RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS: This author is new to me, and to make things even more interesting, this is the second book in the series. THE HIGHLANDER'S SWORD was the first one (and tops off my ever growing TBR shelf). I'm one of those readers that HAVE to read the series in order, but this author has done an excellent job, so I truly wasn't aware of the fact that this was the second book in the series.Isabelle, Countess of Tynsdale, was married very young five years ago, and right after, she ran away from her husband, seeking shelter within the walls of her home at Alnsworth Castle. Upon her uncle's death she inherits the Castle and the land, and realizing that her husband sent his men for her, she decides to run.David Campbell cited urgent business at one of his holdings as an excuse to Lady Douglas who expects him to marry her daughter Eileen. While on the road, our hero comes across Isabelle who's in danger, not only from men but beast, as well. He saves her life both times, and from that point on we're treated to a most funny, and thoroughly sweet, love adventure.THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART has all the elements a romance should--two very strong main characters that will melt your heart with their sweet romance, and an intriguing and suspenseful plot with an entertaining villain.I highly recommend this fast paced and thoroughly entertaining story. It really captured the `feel' of the Highlands, and I could hear the Scottish burr in my head. Loved it!Melanie
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The perfect romance for those looking for a sweet romance, a good laugh and wonderful sub-plots thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am curious to read more from Amanda Forester. I love romances that can toss in some humor that makes me laugh but doesn't come across as too campy. The romance is sweet and you can definitely feel the chemistry between David and Isabelle but don't hold your breathe if you are one of those romance fans who like the long, detailed sex scenes. This book is quite tame in that aspect but suits my taste perfectly.I will say to enjoy this you will have to suspend your belief in reality and just take it as a given that no matter what trouble Isabelle gets herself into David somehow miraculously always manages to be there to save her. I also found it hard to believe that as a noble woman Isabelle really could have walked as long and as far as it is made out to be. Still just go with the flow and take it for what it is.Along with David and Isabelle's story we also follow the plight of one of David's sisters who is kidnapped and ends up meeting the love of her life. Alas things never go smoothly and their relationship appears to be doomed to end in misery. I loved the twists and turns that take place along the way and when I finished the book I admit I did let out a satisfied sigh.
Chandra-of-Red on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WHAT I LIKED:The way that the main character keeps showing up after escape attempts are made.Each character had a clear distinct personalityAuthor included really hilarious moments (fun-eee; prepare to bust a gut; you will luv reading); Author knows how to write a great balance between characters dialogue and action/adventure eventsMysterious character that occasionally shows upWHAT I DID NOT LIKEA little overcooked on the number of escape attempts BUT the result from the escape attempts were really funny. This author has a fantastic sense of humor.TYPICAL ROMANCE STUFFWoman in perilOn the road adventureAttraction between 2 main charactersNOT Erotica; NOT YAFive Stars because you have to simply read this book if for nothing else, read about results of the escape attempts and the hilarious parts. Well worth it.
Loveat1stRead More than 1 year ago
What a fun story to read! Amanda Forester's The Highlander's Heart is filled with sweet romance, political intrigue, chivalrous and not so chivalrous characters, complex alliances, secrets, and possible wars. It kept me reading well into the wee hours but it was worth the lack of sleep. Lady Isabelle Tynsdale is desperate to escape her marriage to the violently abusive Earl of Tynsdale. Fleeing from him 5 years ago, she returned to her uncle for safety. But when her uncle dies, she knows not only will her husband come for her but for her beloved home as well. She travels to meet with the King to beg him to dissolve her marriage but is met en route by her husband's soldiers. Literally running for her life, Isabelle unknowingly enters Scotland where she encounters 3 ruffians. Just when she thinks she has met her end, she is rescued by a half naked barbarian. Could things get any worse? Laird David Campbell is in a fix of his own. In a dangerous and lawless time in Scotland, rumblings of discord and whispers of treason and war are in the air. The English brought nothing but ruination and poverty, and now he found himself betrothed to not one, but two women he didn't even like while struggling to pay ransom to England for the release of their Scottish King. When he realizes the lass he has rescued in the woods is not only English, but a countess, he knows ransoming her may be his only chance out of his situation. But trouble seems to follow Isabelle wherever she goes and David finds himself not just in risk of losing his life, but his heart as well. This was my second Amanda Forester book and my first introduction to this series. I am hooked! David and Isabelle are such charming characters. Their attraction to each other builds and soon the sparks between them are palpable. Their playful repartee was a delight to read. ( I loved the "kissing like Aunt Edna" references!) Isabelle was an English lady but she was tough with lots of sass. Sure, her endeavors often got her in even more trouble but she entered them with good intentions. David, though Isabelle drives him insane at times, can't deny he is drawn to her. In spite of the fact that every encounter with her brings more trouble for him, he can't seem to walk away from her. All the characters in this story are so clever, wonderfully written, and interwoven with each one's story affecting and hinging on the other. There are lots of layers and conflicts, not always physical, but often conniving and pulling strings. Readers will easily find themselves pulled into this delightful story. Though part of a series, it reads as a stand alone, but I will definitely be reading all of this charming series.
ChristieSC More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites! I love a book that makes you laugh and fall in love with the characters the way this one does. Great read.
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