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Highland Destiny: Murray Family, Book 1 | [Hannah Howell]

Highland Destiny: Murray Family, Book 1

When destiny brought Sir Balfour Murray and his wounded brother down the same road as Maldie Kirkaldy, she offered her services as a nurse even as she tried to deny the desire this dark-eyed knight had ignited at first sight. Soon they discover that they both share a mission of vengeance, but Maldie cannot tell him her true identity - to do so would brand her a spy.
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Publisher's Summary

When destiny brought Sir Balfour Murray and his wounded brother down the same road as Maldie Kirkaldy, she offered her services as a nurse even as she tried to deny the desire this dark-eyed knight had ignited at first sight. Soon they discover that they both share a mission of vengeance, but Maldie cannot tell him her true identity - to do so would brand her a spy.

Sworn to avenge his family as chief of the Doncoill Clan, Balfour vows to destroy his greatest foe, with Maldie at his side. Yet Balfour knows that he can no more afford to trust her than he can ignore his lust for this sultry beauty. Now, he is not only determined to unearth her deepest secrets, but also to pursue his passion for her. And nothing will stand in his way.

©1998 Hannah Howell (P)2012 Tantor

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"A brightly colored plaid that is sure to capture [listeners'] hearts everywhere." (Romantic Times)

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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-11-13
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Meh...Its OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's not a bad story line, it just very predictable. Laird meets low born girl, battle feelings, status, bloodline and over come it all in the name of love...the end.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

    I'm a huge fan of Robert Petkoff, Kristen Potter does pretty good scots accents. Davina Porter did an excellent job with the outlander series. My issue with Angela Dawe is her tempo of speech. Ms. Dawe reads way too fast! I feel she need more emotion in her lines, its not very appealing when a character is muttering a line engulfed in heated passion and it sounds like its being read by Ben Stein.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said the story line is ok, but I probably would have given the book a higher rate with a different narrator. The delivery of the story can really make or break the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 10-10-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 10-10-12

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    "Another worthy Highland Warrior Trilogy starts"

    These books are about the three handsome Highland brothers from the Murray clan. Balfour is clan chief and he is instantly attracted to Maldie, a healer, who he comes across while returning from a battle and decides he needs her - not just because his brother Nigel is wounded but because she is also beautiful.

    Both Balfour and Nigel are attracted to Maldie but she is only interested in one of the brothers. Instant attraction, good romance but secrets that are kept ruins their relationship and anyway she has a previous promise to fulfil elsewhere which all leads to mistrust and misgivings.

    I hope Audible will soon stock book 2 Highland Honor (Nigel's story) and Highland Promise (Eric's story). Then there are the spin off series that H.H. wrote like Highland Daughters, Highland Grandsons and all the In-Laws - so, with any luck, there will be a lot to follow.

    Worth a credit? Good strong characters and an interesting plot all lead to a yummy listen so it's a YES.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Will do anything for books!

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    "Love the Highlanders!"

    The language used in this series is very old, much more "authentic" than I've seen in some others, I like it but it can be a little difficult to get used to. That said, it's hot, book is good and frightening! TONS of drama! I love how the highlanders fall so hard for their women! I like this book, excited for this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 11-23-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 11-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "Highland Heartbreakers"
    What did you love best about Highland Destiny?

    Maldie and Balfour. Balfour is not your typical alpha-male for he is plagued with insecurities about his looks and even feels threatened by his brother, Nigel, who also falls in love with Maldie thus adding to a bit of competition. And Maldie isn't your usual well-bred lady having been born illegitimate and having endured a harsh life with a bitter mother who nearly forced her to a life of prostitution.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Destiny?

    When Balfour and the Murray Clan rescue Maldie and Eric from the enemies keep.
    It's really well written.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her voice, I know a lot of people don't, but I think she brings such passion to story she narrates.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A really touching story, and the reunion of the 2 main characters was so lovely.


    Any additional comments?

    In the middle of Nigel's story, can't wait for Eric's.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BOSOX 10-16-14
    BOSOX 10-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "YOU WILL HATE THE NARRATOR!"
    What would have made Highland Destiny better?

    I wish I had read all the reviews before getting this book. Balfoy (the main character) sounds like an old woman and old women sound like him. Nigel sounds like he has laryngitis and..well you get the picture. The book itself is weak as well. Muldey (the heroine) blabbers on and on about her inner thoughts and feelings. I hit fast forward many times. Balfoy, who is supposed to be a strong scottish warrior, sounds like a whiny baby as well who can't make a decision if his life depended on it. Heed my advice, for another book and definitely ANOTHER NARRATOR!!


    Would you recommend Highland Destiny to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO, see above


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    ABSOLUTELY AWFUL


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highland Destiny?

    I would burn this book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clarice 10-15-12
    Clarice 10-15-12
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    "UGH! The narration...."
    What did you like best about Highland Destiny? What did you like least?

    I honestly couldn't finish listening. The narrator has the most irritating vocal pattern. Her characters are awful.. I love Hannah Howell, so I think this is one I'll get the paperback to read.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

    Almost anybody.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dayana Hialeah, FL 11-09-12
    Dayana Hialeah, FL 11-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Please Replace the Narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    NO!!!! SHE HAS THE MOST IRRITATING VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD IN AUDIOBOOKS


    Any additional comments?

    I have not been able to finish this book and will not finish it. I'm unable to follow the Characters. I have started the book 3 times and i'm unable to get to the 3rd chapter.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 10-09-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Listen"

    I really liked this book. The narrator is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to hearing more of the Murry Clan!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pure Jonel 02-15-14
    Pure Jonel 02-15-14

    Pure Jonel

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    "a great start to the series"

    This was a very well written tale with a remarkable cast. I really appreciated seeing a Laird who wasn’t infallible. As a whole this is a novel that reminded me why I so love historical highland romances. I fully admit that I’ve read this series upside down and backwards but it was really neat to get back to the beginning and read the first instalment. I fell in love with Howell’s work all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila North Aurora, IL, United States 03-09-13
    Sheila North Aurora, IL, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love those Highlanders!"
    What did you love best about Highland Destiny?

    I love stories that come in a series and tell a much broader story. This is a perfect example; it includes some Scottish history, excellent characters, and a great plot. I also liked the fact that the heroine fell in love with the “Best Man” versus the most handsome one. I like it when a little reality is thrown into the mix. There is no such thing as prince charming after all. The chieftain’s character was a much better one than the wounded handsome younger brother who was very superficial. Nice usage of clan war history as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Destiny?

    The most memorable moment was when Balfour finally swallowed his pride and went after Maldie. Maldie finding her immediate family was a tear wrenching event as well.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Angela Dawe was great, her Scottish accent is excellent and her tone and inflection helped to make the story come to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked the reception that Maldie received when she first met her uncle and loved how her uncle treated Balfour!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, can hardly wait to hear the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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