by Maeve Greyson
Series: Highland Hearts #1
Pub Date: March 24, 2015
Maeve Greyson unleashes a thrilling tale of magic and desire as a feisty Southern gal falls into the arms of a rough-hewn Highland chieftain.
As the proprietor of a homeopathic store in rural Kentucky, Trulie Sinclair knows that her neighbors think she’s strange—but they have no idea how strange she really is. Trulie was born in Scotland in the thirteenth century to a line of time-traveling Highlanders. When Trulie’s grandmother convinces her to return to their homeland,Trulie jumps back in time, right onto the powerful chest of Gray MacKenna. Just as his steely good looks send ripples through her body, their fierce attraction will send ripples through the ages.
After his parents murdered, Gray is consumed by thoughts of revenge. As the new chieftain of the MacKenna clan, he has reason to believe that there’s a traitor in his midst, and nothing—not even the bonny lass who suddenly drops from the sky—can distract him from his single-minded pursuit of the culprit. But when Gray learns that this sassy beauty possesses gifts beyond the sparkle in her eye, he allows his gaze, and his heart, to linger. While he hunts for the murderer, Gray finds in Trulie a precious companion—and a timeless love.
First- let me just say - that cover! I love it. And I want that dress that the woman is wearing, it's fantastic. I would hit up a Renaissance Fair or some Highland Games in that for sure.
The Highland Hearts series is going to be a light and fun series featuring a family of time traveling women with ties to 13th Century Scotland. Granny is cute as can be - she reminds me of a spry Sophia from Golden Girls. Her dedication to her family knows no bounds - even giving up her opportunity for love to take care of her grandchildren.
Our main characters in this story are Trulie and Gray. Trulie has been living in modern-day Kentucky, where the family time-jumped to get medical care some 15 years ago. Although she was born in the 13th Century, Trulie is for all intents and purposes, a modern girl. For reasons you will discover, Trulie and Granny go back to the 13th Century where Trulie meets Gray and falls in love while she helps him discover who means harm to him and his clan. Despite her dress and lack of technology, Trulie continues to be a modern girl in historical times.
Gray is the quintessential Highland chieftain, even though he did not expect to be in that position as he is the illegitimate son of the former chieftain and his leman. Regardless, he is full of pride and bluster, and is used to getting his own way. He quickly learns that will not be the case when it comes to the beautiful lass who literally fell from the sky and into his lap. The relationship unfolded between Gray and Trulie at a nice pace without either fighting it too hard. Gray honestly cared for Trulie and did not want her to suffer as his mother did w/ the ostracization of being a mistress, so he seeks to legitimize their union in the typical male fashion of telling her what she will do. You can imagine how that went over with a spirited modern woman!
The story is full of drama and betrayal, so there are several peaks where you think the story has culminated and will end, but it continues on to another type of drama. The pace moved along well for the most part... but there were several times in the middle where I felt we were reading on fast forward and too many details had been edited out. But this is a well-rounded story with romance, murder, family drama, emotional drama and a happy ending. Overall it was a good start to the series and I will definitely keep reading.
Highland Hearts Series
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