THE GIFT: a Highland Novella

THE GIFT: a Highland Novella

by Margaret Mallory

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Lily's well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship, intending to return after Christmas celebrations calm the city's witch fever. But when Lily lands in the wilds of Scotland, her skills for surviving in the city can't save her.

Roderick MacDonald is on a secret mission for his chieftain when he finds a lass near death on a barren hillside and is forced to take her with him. Though this mysterious Sassenach may have The Gift his clan needs--and he burns with passion for her--he's determined to resist the enchantment she weaves on his scarred heart.

When love blooms amidst the harsh winter beauty of the Highlands, will these two obstinate souls from different worlds accept the Yuletide gift?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150227118
Publisher: Margaret Mallory
Publication date: 12/18/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 58,391
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Margaret Mallory is the award-winning author of the two Scottish historical series, THE DOUGLAS LEGACY and THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS, and the medieval trilogy, ALL THE KING'S MEN. Her historical romances have won numerous honors, including a RITA© nomination, RT Book Reviews' Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance Award, the National Readers' Choice Award, and two Maggies.

Margaret abandoned her career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist after she realized she'd rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highland warriors than write briefs and memos. Margaret lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, which looks a lot like parts of the Scottish Highlands. Now that her children are off on their own adventures, she spends most of her time writing, but she also loves to read, watch movies, hike, and travel. Readers can find information on all of Margaret’s books, photos of Scotland, historical tidbits, and links to Margaret on Facebook and Twitter on her website,

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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A Fun and Enchanting Scottish Christmastide Romance! “I may not survive," Roderick said, resting his hand on the small of her back, "if I wait any longer to kiss you.” THE GIFT: A HIGHLAND NOVELLA was an fun and enchanting Scottish Christmastide romance. Even though it's short in length, it was not rushed in the least and felt like a full story. I was mesmerized from the start and the narrator's performance was nothing short of swoon-worthy. I can attest that the book works very well as a standalone. This tale precedes The Return of the Highlander series by seventy two years and introduces the parents of famous seer Teàrlag, a key character in the author's Return of the Highlanders' series. This was the story of Highlander Roderick MacDonald and English witch Lily. Both primary characters were wonderful. Their dialogue was sweet, stormy and often humorous. There was a conflict and an intriguing magical element to the tale which held my attention through-out. As the story opens, witches are in danger in England and Lily, a strong and independent woman, is in the process of bravely leaving the only home she has known for the wilds of Scotland. However, when she arrives there, dressed as a lad, she's woefully unprepared for what faces her. Roderick is on his way home after successfully completing a mission that his chieftain had assigned to him, when he comes upon a lad obviously near frozen to death in the snow. He rescues the lad, but quickly discovers that the lad is not as he seems. “Good God, the lad is a lass!” His grandmother had told him to keep his eyes out for a lass with "the gift." Could this be the lass his clan needs? This was the first time I've listened to Derek Perkins. Oh my! He delivered a well-paced, professional performance enunciating a wonderful Scottish brogue. I could listen to him all day and remain infatuated. He seemingly effortlessly differentiated between the characters, so I always knew who was speaking. I would not hesitate to pick up another book that he has narrated. Indeed, I plan to seek other books he's voiced. This rendering had me adding additional workouts so I could hear more. As I neared the end, I noticed that I had thirty minutes left and I just couldn't leave it. I sat in my garage, closed my eyes and just listened. His performance was perfection as I hung on each word. This is the first book I've ever read by Margaret Mallory, but it will not be the last as I plan to pick up the rest of the series soon. You should know that this novella includes a wondrous epilogue that provides a truly perfect ending. It certainly left me with a huge smile. I know this fantastic prequel has certainly whetted my appetite to listen to more of this series and certainly more by this narrator. I highly recommend THE GIFT: A HIGHLAND NOVELLA to anyone who enjoys historical Scottish romances with an entrancing fantasy element. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 5 Wine Glasses!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and everything she writes. Please keep them coming. You and Monica are my favorite.