Kind-Hearted Highlander and His Fierce Lady
The headline sounds like it could be the title of a novel itself!
Alan MacBean does not want to leave the moor when Soni offers him his chance. He has found a family in his ghostly brothers and only consents to go when Sonny agrees to bring him back to Culloden after his task is complete. Alan is transported to contemporary Salem, Massachusetts, where he immediately rescues a little girl who, thinking she is a superhero, makes a jump off a roof. Needless to say, the mother and grandmother are most thankful to him for saving the little girl’s life. They offered him food and shelter, and he helps a bit around the rambling mansion. Turns out that this a beautiful old family home is in danger of imminent foreclosure. Grandma swears that her several-times great-grandfather hid treasure on the property, and she believes it will all turn out in the end.
Will they be able to save the old family home? Will Alan and Lilith continue to develop an attraction for each other even though Alan knows he can only stay two days? Will Soni grant them a happily ever after?
I have read all of the Ghosts of Culloden Moor series up to this point, and I absolutely adore it. I’m of Scottish descent myself and have visited Culloden Moor several times. I loved Alan, the hero. He is just the type to sucker me in because he is noble and kind but doesn’t realize his goodness. He treats Lilith and the little girl, Olivia, as they deserve to be treated but which they have not been. He wants so much to be able to save and protect them. And I love that Lilith gave him his first kiss! Lilith is a worthy heroine, too; she has taken on much responsibility in her relatively young life. I love how she wanted to fight for him and what she did to attempt to keep him there. She is perhaps the strongest heroine in this series that I’ve read so far. You go, girl!
I have two quibbles with this book. One, I don’t quite understand how a house that has been in the family for generations can be foreclosed upon. Shouldn’t the mortgage have been paid off decades ago? If there was some mention of a reason for a current mortgage, I must have missed it. Second, unfortunately, the plotline is so similar to many others in the series. At this point, I am tempted to go back and count how many of this series’ novellas have to do with the heroine losing a piece of property. Again, as I said above, I adore this series; I just wish the authors would play around with more concepts that would put the heroine in peril that requires the help of her Highlander. That said, of all those in this series that have a similar plotline, I love the added fun of having the ghost great-grandfather come back during the seance and only be able to communicate with Alan. Let’s add more ghosts to the ghost story!
If you’re not familiar with the Ghosts of Culloden Moor series, I highly recommend that you read the first book that sets up the premise for the 80 books to follow, The Gathering. If you like Scottish time travel romance, you may very well enjoy this multi-author series and this particular installment.