Romance sections at popular bookstores are smaller than Cinderella’s foot! I found this gem on the dusty shelf of a rent-a-book place after a long day of searching.
Let me start off by saying that reading this book was like preparing tea: an infusion, starting on a low flame at first, taking its time to boil. The words were like tea powder: black dots leisurely releasing their colour and taste to coat the palate of the drinker, leaving behind a trail of freshness. Its singular goal? To reach your happy place.
This ’96 book took its own time to build up, but bolted soon into a series of roller-coaster events. With the backdrop of dreamy Highlands, the tale of Brenna Haynesworth and Connor MacAlister commences in the early 1100s.
The story of innocent, God-fearing bride Brenna may have hinted at a clichéd plotline at first. But fortunately, the predictable takes a turnabout for good. Brenna’s hidden fiery side and cleverness beat any of the all-smiles, shy female protagonists that usually dominate contemporary love stories. This is probably why Connor, a ruthless and barbaric heathen (as first perceived by his “own sweet Brenna”) falls head over heels for the young English beauty.
From facing gory pasts, overcoming betrayal from loved ones and numerous odd misunderstandings, to finally professing their love for one another, this book is sure to leave you craving for a MacAlister plaid-wearing Highlander and a hot cup of tea.
Julie Garwood’s keen eye for details and deep understanding of her own creation—characters and their characteristics—are what make her one of the most celebrated romance writers. The author sticks to the essence of the era in both language and layers of the story. If you’re 18+ with a penchant for rustic romances, you can pick any of Garwood’s works in a heartbeat. As a diligent fan and an avid reader of this genre, I sure look forward to reading more from her.
Favourite quote: Connor’s response when he finds Brenna effortlessly riding his extremely volatile stallion;
“It’s going to take me a week to get over seeing my wife on the black (his way of calling the horse). Every time I think about it, I shake like an old man. I keep picturing her flying across the meadow . . .
Recommended Age Group: If you’re 18+ with a penchant for rustic romances, you can pick any of Garwood’s works in a heartbeat.
Final Verdict: ??? 1/2 – Make a purchase. Maybe an online purchase, or a kindle purchase. But buy it, encourage it – Point and a half deducted only for the slow pick-up at first. A good read otherwise.
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Janhavi is a twenty-something girl who thrives on fantasy and fiction, especially romance. She has a degree in Journalism and vows every day to finish the draft of her first novel.