From the publisher:
A brand-new delicious Highland historical romance from a beloved storyteller. “Miriam Minger is a 50-carat jewel!” —Affaire de Coeur
Fearsome Scots laird Gabriel MacLachlan must take a bride, but not just any bride. Magdalene, his liege lord’s younger sister is known to be as bonny as any Highland lass but as mad as a loon. Mad Maggie, they call her—and Gabriel has no choice. Not if he wants to put food in his clansmen’s bellies, clothes on their backs, and repair the crumbling castle he calls home. A fat dowry in exchange for a madwoman, whose life will be in danger from the MacLachlan family curse the instant she becomes his wife.
A generations-old curse, an honorable chieftain, a clever beauty—it’s the perfect recipe for a spirited Highland Romance.
This book was a fun enough read, though at time the “‘och Maggie” sort of speak took me out of the enjoyment of the book. Honestly, I’m not a fan of over used idoyms, especially when they’re used to remind you where you are in history.
The tie in to Robert de Bruce will be fun for those who loved Braveheart or any other literature that touches on Scotland’s bid for freedom against the English.
This was definitely a enemies-to-lovers sort of trope romance. There’s resignation for Gabriel to be burdened with Mad Maggie and there’s fear and distrust from Mad Maggie. They come to a conclusion on all of that rather too fast for me… could’ve used more of a burn-up to the finality.
Overall I give this book a 2 out of 5. It wasn’t bad at all, it likely wasn’t my genre of choice, but it had a lot more potential.
My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.
As a mother of two (a daughter and a son), I’m a self-proclaimed backyard chicken guru and someone who has “foster failed” nearly all the animals currently running the household. Oh, and I maintain a husband in my spare time.