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Sir Diarmot MacEnroy, deciding his illegitimate children need a mother and his keep needs a proper lady, now stands before the altar with a gentle bride he hopes is too shy to disrupt his life or break his heart. The nuptials, however, are interrupted by the appearance of a flame-haired beauty carrying two babies, boldly claiming that she is his wife and mother of his twin infant sons. Armed with her seven very large brothers, she has come to demand her due.

Having waited one year for the return of the handsome laird who wed her, bedded her, then disappeared, Ilsa Campbell MacEnroy takes matters into her own hands and sets out to reclaim the man she briefly and passionately loved. Stunned by his denial, her heart softens when she learns of the injury that has ravaged his memory. Now, she faces the nearly impossible task of conquering his past-and his fierce reluctance to share his heart…

©2003 Hannah Howell (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"With wit and a powerful sense of what goes into a relationship, Howell breathes life into a delightful duo." ( RT Book Reviews)

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this is my favourite book in the series.

Ilsa & Dirmod ( spelling?) Were hand fasted, then Dirmod disappears for almost a year. Ilsa discovers him at his keep about to marry another woman! She discovers that Dirmod was attacked and lost his memory of Ilsa and their marriage. Finding there way back to each other is full of anger, hurt, passion and Lots of humour. I LOVED the childrens characters . Ilsa and her brothers were so fun. A+

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Narration

If you could sum up Highland Groom in three words, what would they be?

Story is fun.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Angela Dawes is a poor narrator. There is absolutely very little inflection or feeling in her reading. Also, she actually mispronounces words and skips over some of the too.
She makes the story boring to listen to. I turned the narration off and read the book myself.

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

Reading the Kindle book myself there were a several places where I laughed and cried. It was a well written story.

Any additional comments?

I notice that this narrator is reading in several other of the Highlander books. I don't think I will buy the narration anymore if she is reading.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 01-08-14

If you like Scotsmen ...l

Setting: Scotland, 1471
Genre: Romance
I don't, as a rule, listen to anything set in the era in which this one was. Most books set in the 14-1500s seem to involve Court intrigue, especially those set in Scotland. I prefer my politics current and non-fiction, thank you. However, this was very low cost when purchased with the Kindle version, and the plot was apolitical. I'm actually glad I had the Kindle as it allowed me to keep the many characters straight and I'm glad I had Audible or I would have been mispronouncing place and character names.
Narration was good, though Angela Dawe is somewhat laconic in her English accent, which is what she used for the non-dialog. I found that listening to it at 1.25 speed took care of that, and the solution did not subtract from the Scottish accent, which she does very well.
This was #8 in a series, but it worked well as a stand-alone. The plot was interesting, as it was filled with "accidents", and more evident attempts on the lives of both of the main characters. There's passion between Ilsa and Diarmot in the bedroom, but otherwise, he treats her with suspicion. The solution to those issues wrap up in the end. It takes a while to figure out the villains, but you likely will, so it won't be an earth shattering revelation at the end. I found the conclusion satisfying, with no loose ends left.
Overall a good use of your time and credit.

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Not my favorite of the series

I absolutely love this series but this one really made me mad. I've listened to the audio version twice and both times I was so angry. The H was so horrible to the h. She was treated so poorly I don't even understand why she loved him. (Mild spoiler) When she leaves him he obviously gets angry, and feels like he's been slighted. Then she feels like she was behaving like a child because she left. That man should have been on his hands and knees begging for forgiveness. It was always about his feeling never hers.
This is the only book I've ever read by HH where I absolutely hated the H. I just never felt like he truly redeemed himself. It's obvious why he should love her but I just don't see why in the world she would or could love him. Maybe if there had been a prologue where you could have seen their relationship prior to his memory loss it would have made me see why she would have loved him.
Angela Dawe was an outstanding narrator. I wish every one of HH books were done by her. The men sound like men, women like women, children like children...etc. You get the point.
Do I recommend reading it? Unfortunately yes..lol.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 06-17-17

Didn't enjoy it

I usually like Angela Dawe as a narrator but something happened on this story. There were too many children and women for which the narrator did annoyingly low pitched voices. Also, at times the narration turned too dull. I had to speed up the narration just to make it bearable.

The story was also not good. I didn't even feel the slow burn of falling in love or the connection between the main couple. The love felt forced. The fact that the hero had 6 children from different women was VERY off putting. And he didn't even had the decency of telling her when they originally hand fasted? Nope. I'm done with this series. Not even the ending was remarkable.

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It helps with knowing how to pronounce the words!

What made the experience of listening to Highland Groom the most enjoyable?

I purchased the book some time ago and there were some words that Hannah Howell used that I just couldn't pronounce. I figured out what they were due to the context of the story. I especially didn't know how to pronounce Ilsa's brother Sigimor's name. What a surprise! I had to stop and get the book and verify what I heard! It made the story just that much more enjoyable to know how to pronounce the words.

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

Angela's performance was spot on. Loved it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the whole book through the day and then started the series all over again.

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DISSAPPOINTING ROMANCE BETWEEN H/H

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

NO One

What was most disappointing about Hannah Howell’s story?

The way Diarmot treated Ilsa and all those illegitimate children he had. He paid not attention to them or his own infant sons he had with Ilsa.

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

I don't know but Angela Dawe is great narrator for books like the Pys Changling series but not so much for Historical Romance.

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

All those poor children

Any additional comments?

Highland Groom is the first story I have read written by Hannah Howell and My Last. The whole story is Nonsensical. I couldn't find any reason to like the Hero Sir Diarmot MacEnroy or the Heroine Ilsa Campbell. The whole story is just stupid with very immature writing.

Diarmot has been beaten nearly to death and has lost all of his memory but this is not clear because he recognizes his brothers and his clan and children. Boy does he have a lot of children. He had a nursery full of Illegitimate children that he was even sure was his natural children. Why What purpose does this have in the storyline. Diarmot doesn't remember being hand fasted a year ago with Ilsa Campbell. Ilsa shows up at Diarmot's wedding with her hoard of brothers and cousins and her and Diamot's twin infant sons. Diarmot doesn't believe the babies are his but marries Isla instead of his bride he is at the alter with. This begins the distrust and degrading of Isla through out the story. I just don't get the point of the story. Except to find out who tried to kill Diamot and why but because he is such a A Hole who cares!! I will return this kindle copy and get my money back. Sorry I can't Recommend Highland Groom!!





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Poor

Not interesting. 14 brothers for the h and 5 children for the H ? And on top of being unable to grab my attention the narrator had an annoying voice. Sorry that this was such a poor read . I'm quite easy to satisfy in the romance genre but this failed.

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Strong woman

I like the memory loss angle. I also like a lass that can take care of herself. The (turn about is fair play) ending was a nice twist. Dermet deserved to have to chase Ilsa down.

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Suspicion, Intrigue,Passion and Tenderness...

Would you listen to Highland Groom again? Why?

Yes, it gave me pleasure,and kept me entertained..

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

When Diarmot finally gets his memory back and remembers his love,llsa..

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She was ok but could show more emotion in her narrative..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Trials and Tribulations of A Scottish Laird

Any additional comments?

I laughed,cried and enjoyed the relationship between two loving, and loyal families...