Review & Contest: Highland Bride by Hannah Howell

Highland Bride by Hannah Howell
Series: Murray daughters trilogy (#3)
Publisher: Kensington Press
Release Date: October 2002, re-released August 2011
Source: book provided by the publisher

Though she has yet to be courted by any man, spirited Gillyanne Murray decides the time has come to visit the dower lands gifted to her by her father’s kinsmen. She arrives to find the small keep surrounded by three lairds, each one vying for her hand…and property. Though resolved to refuse them all, the threat of battle on her threshold forces her to boldly choose a suitor: Sir Connor MacEnroy, a handsome, daring knight of few words. As his wife, Gillyanne is stunned by his terse, cold distance – and her own yearning to feel passion in his arms. Now, bringing her healing touch to a land and a keep ravaged by treachery and secret enemies, she dares to reach out for the one thing she fears she may forever be denied…her husband’s closely guarded heart.

Review: A big fan of Hannah Howell’s and having read some of the other Highland stories led me to read of Gillyanne Murray, the daughter of Eric and Bethia whom I met in the Highland Promise. Having just finished Highland Honor a few weeks ago I was excited to read Highland Bride.

So, after writing up a few of my other reviews, I grabbed a cup of tea and sat down to read Highland Bride.

I wasn’t disappointed. Sometimes it is nice to have a gentle romance that makes you smile to rid you of the things that go on in our own day to day lives. And that is just what Ms. Howell does with her wonderful way of pulling you the reader into the heart of her stories.

Gillyanne finding that at the age of twenty-one, she is considered to be past the age of marrying. Figures she just may have to take fate into her own hands. Although she has attempted to attract someone to her dismay she hasn’t as of yet. She longs to find that happiness and love she sees in her married cousins and friends. But, thinking she is unattractive to the opposite sex she decides that she must do something to change it.

Maybe she just isn’t tall enough, or has to many curves or maybe the slight difference in eye color is unappealing to most men.

Connor MacEnroy has been laird of Deilcladach since he was fifteen. After his parents death and a very long feud with the other clans. For most fifteen year-olds it was allot to take on. He had to not only raise his siblings and manage the survival of his clansman; he also had to rebuild Deilcaldach. When Connor and the other two neighboring lairds find that an unmarried woman owns the keep that is by them, they ask the king for permission to control said keep.

This brings us to Gillyanne deciding to take fate into her own hands and visit her dowry. Ald-dabhach is a small keep that was gifted to her by a loving uncle. Not knowing what she would find she had no way of knowing that there would be three neighboring lairds vying for her attention. When she refused all of them they in turn decided to attack her keep. She also realizes that although she is able to withstand the individual attacks that if they ever decided to join forces she would be in big trouble. These making her decide that to keep peace she must choose one.

Because she found Connor appealing when they first met her decided that he would be her best choice. After she marries Connor the fun begins. You will just have to read this fast paced, delightful book to find out the things that happen to Gillyanne and Connor once they are married.

Gillyanne finally finds that happiness and love that she thought she would never feel, but is it just one sided? Connor also, has found someone who was able to break down his defenses that were in place forever. But can he give into Gillyanne and find true happiness?

Ms. Howell has once again brought characters so alive that you actually feel as if you are a part of the story. Making you feel everything. A gentle, compassionate love story and must read for all those that love simple romance. It will keep you spellbound from the beginning to the end and always wanting more.

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Robin has been generous enough to offer her review copy of Highland Bride to one lucky commenter.  And that winner will also win her copy of Highland Honor (Murray Bros #2).  This contest is open to everyone over the age of 18, international readers included.  To enter, you just need to leave a comment, with your email address, telling us why you like Highlanders.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, October 23.