The Crusader's Heart

The Crusader's Heart

by Kate Forrest

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BN ID: 2940161560365
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 09/26/2018
Series: The MacKinnons of Mull , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 160,118
File size: 660 KB

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The Crusader's Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I truly enjoyed this historical romance book by Kate Forrest. From the very first I was rooting for Isobel to complete her mission without harm. Then along comes Alexander, a more reluctant hero that also has a mission, to help Isobel. The best review I can give is that I can't wait to read more stories about the MacKinnons of Mull..
Anonymous 10 months ago
Kate Forrest’s new historical romance was an engaging and well written read. The book opens with the protagonist, Isobel, embarking on a perilous adventure and fighting for her life. Excitement, love, and intrigue follow her throughout the novel as she and her companion, former Crusader Alexander MacKinnon, embark on a mission to find a safe home for a holy relic. The premise is interesting and the historical details throughout really add depth to the story. It’s hard not to fall in love with the main characters. Their internal struggle between love, duty, and finding their place in the world is something that many people will be able to relate to in one way or another. I highly recommend The Crusader’s Heart to anyone looking for a good Scottish romance novel and I am looking forward to more books from Kate Forrest.
novelsandnoses 10 months ago
I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this book, so I was extremely excited to be able to review it before it went on sale. I did receive a free advanced reader copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I have to say, it was lovely from the cover art to the final page. The novel opens in medieval Scotland in the waning days of spring. Isobel Campbell is attempting to secure the safety of an ancient relic. She is placed on this mission by her guardian, King David of Scotland. Secrecy is of utmost importance, but there are some whose ambitions are hinging on Isobel failing. Isobel was a likable character who knows who she is. That does not mean finding your place in this world is an easy thing. What I really enjoyed about Isobel is that you get to see her in many different situations. You see her when she is strong and in her element. Yet, you also see her when she’s uncomfortable and insecure. Her perseverance is apparent from the opening pages. It gets her through those moments when she needs help and when she stands on her own. Alexander MacKinnon is returning from the Crusades with scars of his own. The situation on his home island of Mull is desperate and his father’s health is failing. Alex has already been delayed, but a mission required by King David is not to be ignored. He is told to escort a lady to the nunnery on Iona island, which is close to Mull. When he finally meets up with Isobel, Alex finds her enchanting and mysterious. He knows nothing of the relic at first, but that soon changes as danger has followed them. One thing I adored about this novel is that Alex is flawed. He says foolish things and does not always win in battle. It was refreshing to see this modern take on a medieval romance story. His character is a good foil for Isobel and they are well matched. This is a romance novel, so there are several sex scenes. They are tastefully written. However, intimacy goes beyond the bedroom. Ms. Forrest took great care in crafting moments between characters that speak to affection and love. This is more than a story about romantic love between one couple. Alex has sisters and Isobel has an adopted family that they adore. The devotion is real and genuine. You can feel this on the page, which brings even more depth to Alex and Isobel. It starts off as love story between two people, but it ends up being very much about family. If you follow Ms. Forrest on social media, you can see that she has traveled the British Isles extensively. This is evident in her writing. Scotland, particularly the Inner Hebrides, is a character itself. Life on the medieval Scottish Islands is something I have thought little about, I must admit. Ms. Forrest did an excellent job researching and conveying the delicate balance that enabled citizens to sustain themselves on these islands. The politics of the time only added to the harshness of mere survival. There is a historical note at the back of the book that adequately explained any historical or timeline questions that I had. One thing that I wish had been more explored in the novel is the relic itself. It serves as the purpose to bring Alex and Isobel together, but I felt it was somewhat under utilized. The relic reaches its final destination, but it is a precarious place. The new guardian is a woman who is an enigma to me. I did not feel as if the relic was as secure as is it could have been. This does leave the author with a