Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Chieftain by Margaret Mallory
Series-Return of the Highlanders #4
Reviewed by Kay
Conner MacDonald is a highland chieftain and trying to live up to that. He's also trying to live down his father's past. He strives very hard to be a good leader and man. He heads to another castle to set up his home for him and his future wife, as it is time for an alliance to be made. And what better way to do this than through a marriage? He leaves his cousins behind to guard the other castle but he lets Ilysa, his best friend's sister come with him. She has been running his keep for years anyway and he could use the friendly face as he settles in. Lately though, he has been looking at Ilysa in a different light.
Ilysa, no last name given, is a healer and even a seer. She hasn't yet really grown in to her powers but they are there. She is a nineteen year old widow and Conner's best friend's sister. And she has loved Conner from afar for many years. She always wanted him to see her as a woman but due to her station that just never happened. Needless to say, she is excited to go to Conner's new home with him. She takes over the running of the keep and Conner realizes just exactly what goes in to doing so. One thing leads to another and...they become involved.
I loved this book and this series. The characters were so well written that you felt like you knew them. The scenery so well described you felt you were there. Watching the struggles that these two went through as they fell in love was worth every second you spent in the highlands. Who wouldn't want to spend the weekend in the highlands of Scotland?