The Highlander Next Door

The Highlander Next Door

by Janet Chapman
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The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman

From the New York Time bestselling Janet Chapman comes this delightful tale of a young woman who's had enough of men...until she meets her spectacular new neighbor.

Legend has it love is carried on the rising mists of Spellbound Falls, and not even time-traveling highlanders are immune to its magic…
Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother’s four marriages, Birch now runs a women’s shelter and doesn’t want a man in her life. But there’s something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can’t figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate—and sexy. Or how she’s falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century.
Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men. Yet he also knows she has a secret—something that drives her to place herself in harm’s way for the women of her shelter. Niall would gladly rush to Birch’s side to protect her from harm, but with their secrets standing between them, he’ll have to reveal his own truth if he wants to keep her…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515153224
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Spellbound Falls Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 213,712
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Janet Chapman is the author of more than twenty contemporary and paranormal romance novels, all set in the state of Maine, where she lives with her husband, surrounded by wildlife. Best known for her Highlander series (a family saga of twelfth-century warriors rebuilding their clans in modern-day Maine) and her Spellbound Falls series (an offshoot of the Highlander books), Janet also has several contemporary series set on the coast and in the mountains. With more than three million books printed in six languages, her stories regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. 

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The Highlander Next Door 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Birch is a strong willed women who is not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect the women who live in the shelter. She presents a tough-as-nails exterior, not allowing others to see her more tender side. But deep down she has fears and longings like all women do. The more time she spends with Niall, the more she wants him to be the one to break down her walls. She has brought her mother to live with her because she is afraid if her mother is left alone, she will find husband number five. Birch is very wary of all men and is not interested in having any permanent relationships. And she sure is not looking for anything developing between Niall MacKeage, the lawman who lives next door to the shelter. The two are always bumping heads and disagreeing about the abusive men that the women in the shelter are hiding from. Even Birch’s dog Mimi does not like Niall’s dog Shep and tries to attack Shep whenever she can. But legend says that the mist from Spellbound Falls carries love and no one is immune to it’s magic.  I really enjoyed the present day actions and storyline of Birch and Niall. The banter and bickering of the two characters are humorous and endearing. I really enjoyed reading how Birch kept trying to save the residents of the shelter and Niall trying to keep the peace in the community and trying to keep Birch safe. Great read, highly recommended.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read!
NCGirlAtHeart More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the highlander series so whenever I see a new release, I plan a day of nothing but reading. That being said, this was not my favorite. One of the things that I love is the chemistry between the couples and for whatever reason, I just didn't see it between Birch and Niall. I love Niall - love his masculinity and stubborness. But I just didn't like Birch. I enjoy Janet Chapman's female characters - they are strong, loving, intelligent sexy and smart women. But I just didn't see that in Birch for some reason. I wanted to like her but I just never connected with her. It's still a good read. I just don't think this is one that I will re-read on a rainy day.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Janet Chapman takes readers back to a small town in Maine that has a penchant for magic. The Highlander Next Door is the sixth book in the Spellbound Falls series, which focuses on some time traveling highlanders and their adventures in the modern world. Readers who are looking for a sweet romance with plenty of obstacles, a little bit of magic and some mystery will love this one. Chapman incorporates all of these elements to give readers an magical reading experience! What I liked: You all know that I am a sucker for a good story that involves a highlander. Being of Scottish heritage, I always enjoy seeing how each author approaches the highland people and their indomitable spirit. Chapman takes her highlanders out of their comfort zone and lands them in the middle of modern society. Culture shock is an understatement. I loved the idea and the time travel elements of the story. This touch of the paranormal added a crucial ingredient that made this novel unique and different. I liked the way Chapman showed the reader how a highlander might react to things in the present. I thought Niall was spot on and loved his interactions in his new world. Chapman takes the time to bring the readers up to date on the series in the beginning chapters. Since this is book six in the series, readers coming into it now, may have missed some of the nuances that comes from reading the entire series. Chapman not only brings new characters into play in The Highlander Next Door but she doesn't forget about those who have come before. Readers who are familiar with the series will love the little updates on previous couples and the part they have to play in this story. Chapman did a great job of incorporating all of the characters into Spellbound Falls and this novel. There are several things going on in this story. There is of course the love story between Niall and Birch, there is the fact that a new god has come on the scene and Birch's past catching up with her. I felt like this particular book in the series leaned more toward the mystery than the romantic side of things, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. Chapman did a great job of melding all of these elements together to create a good story. The pace is pretty even until the end where things speed up and the reader is powered into the finish. What I didn't like: I loved Niall, he was a great character and one impressive highlander. He was a bit set in his ways, considering his background, but that was all the more endearing. Birch, however was harder to warm up to. She has a definite fire about her, but she tended to take all that passion and express it in a not so easy to like manner. The reader will eventually warm to her, but in the beginning it is hard to see what Niall finds so appealing about her. I generally want a heroine I love or at least like and it took more time than it should with this one. Bottom Line: This was an enjoyable addition to the series. The time traveling highlanders were just as amazing as ever. The romance was slow to start, but once it got on track it took off. I had some issues with the heroine early on, but she eventually made me like her in spite of myself. I loved the mystery aspects of the story, but wish a little more time had been spent on the magic of it all.
missy55GA More than 1 year ago
Janet Chapman has added another wonderful Highlander to Spellbound Falls. Naill and Birch have an interesting way of connecting. The Maine Clan and magic makers is growing, and have each others backs. Give it a read. Thanks Janet Chapman & Good Writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a wonderful continuation of the Highlander series. I have all but 2 of the older ones and am anxiously waiting for their re release
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all your books can't wait for the next one.
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Highlander Next Door is book 6 of the Spellbound Falls series. There is plenty of light hearted sweet romance to be found between Birch and Niall, there is also quite a bit of serious undertone for readers to find in it as well. Influenced by her environment and her past Birch has quite a bit of weariness when it comes to men but Niall is more than up to the task when it comes to proving that not every man can be measured by the same ruler. I loved the mix of both fantasy and contemporary because it gave the story just the right amount of glitter to keep things interesting. Janet is a fantastic writer and knows how to write a wonderful romance full of well developed characters, plot and history. Birch found love and so did I.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed every Highlander book from Janet Chapman!  I savor every story.  The Highlander Next Door was as wonderful as all the  previous books!  I loved Niall and Shep and even Birch!  I can't wait for the next book!!!  I Love My Highlanders!!!1 Highly Recommend all the books by Janet!!!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog The sixth book in the Spellbound Falls series is about the new police chief Niall Mackeage and his neighbour the goodhearted but fiery Birch, who passionately runs the newly opened women’s shelter. But, not without a little bit of trouble coming their way, between a new god emerging and wrecking havoc and Birch’s past catching up with her, and trying to drive her off the road, Niall has his work cut out for him to not only keep the town running smoothly, but also to win Birch’s heart. Time travelling Lairds you say? Yes indeed, we are back with Janet Chapman and the magical world that she has created in modern day Maine. Which, if it’s as overrun with as many 12th century Highlanders, sexy magic users and gorgeous Atlantians as she says, then I am definitely going for a very long visit. Of course, if I went, what I would expect is a very sweet romance, just like Niall and Birch and the previous couples in the series, Chapman’s romances tend to veer to the ‘nice’ section of the romance scale rather than the more heated and passionate side, despite the couples many many spats. But I always know with Chapman that I can find a romance that encompasses friendship and connection rather than lots of heat and overblown chemistry. Admittedly it makes the romance a little less exciting, but I still enjoyed it. What I really liked about this book and what did add extra excitement was the continuation of the story line regarding the modern day god that has just been created. I can’t wait to see what will happen and if the modern will clash with the ancient or if they can come to an understanding. Either way it feels like it will be an interesting journey, which I can’t wait to read more about. This was a good book in the series, if you already follow Spellbound Falls you will enjoy it, if not I recommend you start from the beginning, they don’t work very well as standalones, it is the perfect series if you want something full of sweet romances with some magic poured in, not to mention a flood of sexy Scotsman. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of chapman's books and this one is no exception, plus I got reaquinted with all characters from the previous ones I had read. For a fun enjoyable read you can't go wrong with this one.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Could not engage in the story or characters
rokinrev 8 months ago
(I won this paperback a few years back. I am voluntarily reviewing it) Once upon a more enlightened Maine, near the Canadian border, in a magically charged area known as Spellbound Falls, came a new director of the crisis center, her mother, and her tiny dog. Self sufficient Dr.Birch Callahan begins to settle in despite her next door neighbor, the new police chief Niall MacKeage, who lives next door with his big dog Shep. Their attraction is evident however each comes laden with baggage from their pasts. The question is can they get out of their own way long enough to acknowledge the attraction? In this, the sixth book in Chapman's Spellbound Falls series, the author has written a wonderful romance paralleling a rip roaring time traveling bunch of 12th century highlanders. The predicaments they deal with are sometimes so humorous you can't help but laugh out loud. The community she has developed has smart, funny people who are easy to believe in. And , before I forget, this is a wonderful love story tucked into a magical place full of characters you find yourself rooting for. Highly recommended. 5+ stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every oage. Always read Amanda Quick's books.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
This is a story that I wanted to love and even though I did love parts of the story, overall it was an average read for me, it felt a little flat and considering this is one of my favorite authors, it’s quite a disappointment. I have enjoyed seeing how this series has progressed, but with each book I have felt less and less interested, and I had too high hopes for this one. And I just want to say I have been waiting for Niall’s book for quite some time. Niall along with some other Scotsman, were transported from medieval Scotland to modern Maine. He has come to Spellbound Falls, and is the chief of police and his neighbor, is a pain in his backside, a woman out for women’s rights…Birch Callahan. When we learn of Birch’s history with men, most especially the men her mother has been married to but all four husbands ended up being scumbags….and only her birth father is the only man she has ever loved or respected. There were many scenes that were quite fun to read and boy can Niall and Birch go at it. The quick-witted bantering and the easy-going playfulness that these two characters tend to have with each other….was enough to keep me interested. As a bonus we get many characters from previous books and love seeing these characters again. The two main characters are both equally matched, they each have their own interests and goals, and we see how despite their differences, they work best together and not fighting each other. I did enjoy seeing the fun banter, but after so long it got too old, meaning that it was too much. I did enjoy Niall way more than Birch though. She was a bit of a harpy and she tended to be too harsh in her judgments, she didn’t really soften until the very end. But as an overall read, it didn’t come to par as Janet Chapman’s usual style, so I felt disappointed. I will still read her in the future, and maybe I will re read her previous books before I read her next book coming up later this year. I would still recommend this author, and try out her earlier books (because they are outstanding) and I hope the next book of hers sings to me better!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Niall said that Shep would be fine going back to the house on his own.
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ilivetoread52 More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time fan of Janet Chapman's Novels. They make you laugh, cry, has enough danger to keep you interested and of course some romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love theseries n this book was awesome..
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Whats it called bae
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A humble teen walks in, her greek robe flowing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lost my nook. This is my sistrs. It migt b a long timbefore i can find mine. Never forget me. I kiss your lips softley. And i dissapper in your arms.