Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications
Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for . . . After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself . . ..
My Review: 5 Stars
What lengths would you go to in order to protect your biggest secret? In a story of tumultuous history and a need to survive, Aileen shows extreme bravery. She will do anything to shelter her young son, the precocious Jamie, from danger. Aileen is easy to cheer for and adore, as her charm shines through her mama bear tendencies.
Conall, an unlikely hero, reminded me to not base everything on first impressions because mine weren't that great of this man. He quickly wormed his way right into the center of my heart, right along with that darling Jamie.
This story obviously has fantastic characters, but a realistic portrait is also painted of Scotland. It's not all sunshine and roses, as hard times are shown. I loved the way age-old traditions were explained and entwined into the plot and sweet romance. The setting makes me want to pay this country a visit, especially if I could travel back in time and see things as they were about 200 year ago.
Content: mild violence; mild romance.
*I received a copy from the publisher, which did not affect my opinion in any way.*
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