Ranks up there with good....close to great....romance with out all the description!
No but enjoyed it.....
Right up there. .. definitely on my "listen again' list.
Eveline. Spunky and sweet!
Fully fledged characters who come to life. ... Well done! !
Yes, yes, yes!! Full range of emotions!
Creditworthiness. .. a 5 on the 1 to 5 scale...
Kirsten Potter did a fabulous job of narrating this story. I admit I was a little skeptical in the beginning, but it turned out to be a wonderful story. I would love to see this one turn out to be a movie...
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I loved this book! Eveline and Graeme are a great couple. I loved them together and the story was really good with a real bang up ending! Just awesome. :D
Eveline grew up normal but 3 years before the start of the book she took a fall from her horse. She suffered head trauma as well as exposure to the elements that cause her to take sick and suffer a bad fever that took a while to clear up. When she awoke she was deaf and had trouble adapting to it. People thought she was daft after the injury and fever but once she started realizing more of what was going on she saw that her being seen as "daft" got her out of a promise of marriage to an evil man that she feared greatly. She eventually learned to read lips but didn't speak because she didn't want the marriage threat to come back if it was found out she wasn't daft. Because of this she let the deception go on until one day the King decides he needs to forge an alliance.
The King wanted these 2 clans (the 2 largest clans of his supporters) to forge an alliance and stop a feud that had been going on for 5 generations. He decides to decree a marriage between Eveline and Graeme (even knowing of her injury and supposed daftness) in an effort to stop the feud. Graeme isn't happy about this at first because he has to marry the daughter of his enemy and also (from what everyone thinks) she's daft and can't be a true wife. And as luck would have it (for Eveline), Graeme is totally sweet for a Scottish warrior and clan leader. He decides not to cheat on her even when he doesn't think she can be a true wife and when they meet, he is gentle with her and never takes out any frustrations out on her.
Because it's a decreed marriage and neither clan is comfortable with the other the marriage takes place quickly and Graeme takes her back to his clan's lands. Graeme is very sweet with Eveline from the start but he's not sure how to handle her and wants to get to better judge her faculties before he takes things very far. He figured out early that she's not stupid but he doesn't understand the reasons for her sometimes odd behavior. Eventually he figures out her lack of hearing is the issue and eventually she begins to feel out how to speak again with his help. Once Graeme realizes Eveline isn't daft he wastes no time in consummating the marriage since this whole time he's been fighting his attraction to her. She felt the attraction too and so she was also very willing to make their marriage a true one.
Unfortunately, while Graeme and Eveline were finding each other the rest of his clan (except his siblings) were finding ways to make Eveline miserable while she tried hard to fit in. Graeme tries to shield her from this but that proves impossible to do. Things come to a head with betrayal that puts Eveline in danger and almost plunges both clans in to war. The ending of the book was a major KAPOW! Homerun...out of the park... Seriously!
I am not someone who reads a lot of historical romances (although I have read a few) but this one has convinced me to get the next in the series as well as try some of the other historicals from Maya.
I would highly recommend this book. It's awesome and a wonderful story with a wonderful hero (I totally want a Graeme of my own). 2 thumbs way up! :D
The narrator did a great job too. :)
Perhaps it isn't reasonable - but the attitudes and actions of the characters seemed too modern and politically correct for the time period the story was supposed to have been set. It's got to be so hard to put an accent in a story, and the reader did ok when she did use the Scottish brogue ... but, wouldn't the characters thoughts have the same accent? I don't know - it was distracting. Accent on, accent off.I loved Josie Litton's trilogy - although not in set in Scotland, it was a similar historical period romance. Those stories were much more developed, consistent - with lovely themes. I expected this book to be as good. Not.I have no desire to listen to the rest of this series.
I am not a fan of Scottish romance. However, I read the book and it was great. The audio brought it to life in a fantastic performance. The accents were fantastic. I'd give this two thumbs up. I recommend this to anyone who likes Maya Banks.
Great Love Story
The characters are wonderful. So fully developed and likeable - even the ones you wanted to dislike.
Kirsten does a great job narrating this tale. Her wonderful accent lends a reality to this story that most do not.
This book played on my emotions and I laughed out loud - got frustrated and cried. So many twists and turns and just a great escape from a very long, cold winter!
Definitely worth the read...will come back to it again, and will purchase the sequels.
Second along with the other two in the series.
Hard to choose. Eveline or Graeme. I can't pick between them. Eveline is so strong and stubborn but loyal to Graeme and the clan. I couldn't help but laugh everytime she defied her husband. Graeme is a strong Laird and is so gentle with Eveline even though he and everyone else including her family believe her daft. Because he's so kind to her he quickly learns things about her that even her family doesn't know and protects her fiercly. He is a woman's dream.
The personality of each character and the accents of each. It takes you into the book as if you are there within the clan experiencing everything that is happening.
YES!!! I listened to it until almost 5am the first night!
I can't wait for more Highland books from this author!