Title: Highland Fling
Author: Amanda Scott
Length: 512 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media
Rating: 4 stars
The Scottish Highlands in 1750 endure grievous hardships under the rule of an English king. Beautiful, golden-haired Maggie Macdrumin is determined to help liberate her fellow Scotsmen, but upon arriving in London, she's arrested and brought to court, falsely accused of stealing a man's purse. In a bid to save herself, she impulsively lays claim to a family connection with well-known Edward Carsley, the powerful Earl of Rothwell--and her family's worst enemy.
The handsome earl is adamantly opposed to the cause of the Jacobites, and when Maggie is turned over to him, he sternly forbids her to continue her journey. Maggie, passionately dedicated to her cause, constantly crosses swords with the powerful earl. How the two will remain faithful to their kinsmen and still find a way to resolve the growing desire between them is anyone's guess. -Goodreads
This book proved quite the surprise in that it contained a considerable amount of history in proportion to romance. If one picks up this book in search of sappy drivel and bodice ripping, this is clearly not the book for you.
If however, what you seek is a book full of intelligent historically relevant characters possessed of spirit, passion, and a hearty dose of realism. You have found your read.
The struggle for freedom from tyrannical English rule serves as the perfect setting for this book's fiery and fierce heroine, Maggie Macdrumin. She is a woman determined not to hide behind the "man rules all" conventions of her time. A woman determined to do all she can to aide the cause of freedom for Scotland.
It is only when her actions land her in a most dire sort of predicament, that she is forced to seek the help of a man.
Leave it to her to choose the one man who changes her world in ways that are not always for the better.
Lord Edward Carsley, or should I say Maggie's rather lateral movement "from frying pan to fire"; does all he can to thwart our Maggie's missions. This is one "secret agent woman" who is not going down without a fight.
As if all of this is not enough, readers get the special treat of seeing what happens when matters of state turn to matters of the heart.
Watching Edward and Maggie try to reconcile their love for "home and country" with the growing desire that they have for each other, is like watching a tightrope walker without a net.
This is a wonderfully engaging slice of historically romantic pie with a fresh new taste like none other.
To make matters better...it's the first of a series!
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