After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself.
My review: I really enjoyed reading this one. I really liked the way I could feel the uncertainty of this time in history in this one. During this time period, many of the Scottish people had been driven from their homes by their landlords not wanting to deal with tenants anymore. Both of the main characters deal with this uncertainty of what had happened to their remaining family members for different reasons. I can only imagine just how horrible this would have been for the people it really happened to. So sad!
I liked the Scottish traditions and oddities of beliefs that are shown. The Scots are truly a superstitious people, and I love the way that's shown in the book through their festival but really through the way they live their lives. They constantly are doing things a certain way, because they believe that doing it another way will cause them harm in some way or another. This kind of stuff fascinates me, probably in part because I have a lot of Scottish ancestors. It's interesting to see the way they would have lived and the things they would have done.
The characters in this one are so great! I loved Aileen. I love the way she cares so much for her son, Jamie, that she can't see that he needs a bit of correcting to turn into the kind of man he should be. I love that she does have a secret, and it's a huge one! But the reason she has such a secret is because of the goodness of her heart. Her kindness is a huge thing in this book.
I like Conall too! I liked the way he was able to take Jamie under his wing and lead him along a little bit. You can tell he did a great job too, because of the way Jamie sees him as a father figure. I loved that when it really counted, he was there for Jamie and Aileen and went out of his way to take care of them.
The plot of this one is great, I love that it has the love story, but there's some action and adventure as well. This is one book you won't want to miss!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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