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  • The plot thickens

    After his father and brother were killed in the battle of Flodden, Ewan Lochmore became the new Earl of Glenarris. With a heavy heart, he travelled to officially claim his title at the King's House, where a Special Council is being held. One night, Ewan is mesmerised by apparition, the flesh and blood woman is no ghost but French beauty Marguerite Vallon. Unfortunately, Marguerite is betrothed to a McCrieff, of the enemy clan Marguerite doesn't like Scotland, and had come to accept the fact that she has to marry Duncan McCrieff. But getting to know her betrothed better soon makes her realise that she cannot be tied down to a man she can hardly stand. She has also befriended Ewan, and upon hearing that he will depart shortly, she comes to a decision. She knows she can trust Ewan, so she sneaks out and will hide in his cart until she finds a way to sail home to France. Ewan finds her, and seeing how distraught she is, reluctantly agrees to take her where she can be safe. Ewan doesn't like Duncan either and cannot bear to leave a defenseless woman to fend for herself in a foreign country. This third installment of The Lochmore Legacy takes place in 1513, as the Middle Ages ease into the Renaissance. I love the mood Elisabeth Hobbes has created: she captures the Zeitgeist in a richly nuanced portrait. A RUNAWAY BRIDE FOR THE HIGHLANDER is, in a way, a road trip through Scotland as Ewan and Marguerite travel to safety and, doing so, slowly start to fall in love. For me, it was the highlight of the book, as Ms. Hobbes eloquently paints a vivid picture of Scotland, while preserving the gothic atmosphere of the series. The author weaves seamlessly fact and fiction, adding all sorts of fascinating period details which lend authenticity to the narrative. In spite of a strong undercurrent of danger, A RUNAWAY BRIDE FOR THE HIGHLANDER is a gentle romance that unfolds at a leisurely pace. I was actually surprised that the road to Lochmore wasn't fraught with peril. Ewan and Marguerite are models of propriety, even if their thoughts eventually take a more lascivious turn, but neither is very loquacious. They had not foreseen this attraction which complicates their precarious situation. As we go back in time, we get answers to some of the previous books' mysteries, but how the McCrieff-Lochmore feud really started remains to be seen.

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  • Breathtaking love story

    In "A Runaway Bride for the Highlander" we follow Marguerite and Ewan love story and what a wonderful one it was. I should just accept that I will forever be surprise by the amazing authors in the Historical Romance genre, and thank you Elisabeth Hobbes for really slapping the shock out of me. Why am I say this? Because it was once I learned that this happened in the Tudor era that I just felt all does surprised, excited and "kid on Christmas eve" rollercoaster of emotions. I love when I'm surprised! And sometimes I need a emotional slap to get me going, because there are so many eras in our history that could be talked about and I sometimes forget. Just like it happened before I started reading this book. Elisabeth just came with her story and was like "here is the Tudor Era, Enjoy!" And Enjoy I did! Why am I talking about this? It's so you all understand. I don't know much about some particular eras, mostly because I'm from Portugal and each country has its own particular eras because of culture, power, finances and location. And this era that is talked about in this book, I don't know a lot about. So every time I read a book in it, I get a different kind of excitement. Yet again, I was transported to a setting as vivid and as fantastical as the previous ones. And even thought the books were all written by different authors, the series is connected and the images that each author painted was and extra amazing detail to connect everything. Elisabeth Hobbes did such a brilliant job that I need to grab other of her books, just to get to know her better by entering the stories she wrote, and see the lovely descriptions and romance she has to offer. Speaking of romance... Marguerite and Ewan... I don't even know what to say, I love them. I love to see their journey and getting to know more about their background and see their relationship grow. Lots of romance, mystery and danger, just what the doctor order. Getting to know the characters and falling in love with them, in this beautifully written scenery and following them as they try to realize their goals and find what they want (or need)... It was the best couple of days of my months. Still, after so many time that has passed, I'm still sighing while thinking about it. This may have been my first Elisabeth Hobbes' but I have joined the fan club. It was a thrilling, captivating and breath taking story, one that I recommend. Although I won't go into details, it's just so the people that haven't read it yet can fully enjoy the story and can find their one amazing moments in this novel. When I picked up the book I just got a cup of tea and a blanket, and with Nala by my side I opened it. I could enjoying the storytelling just as if I was enjoying a movie, since my mind was full of colours and sounds and I could almost believe I could even smell something. When people say that the devil is in the details, I always say that a good story has details. That's what I thought as I was reading, because I didn't even notice the time passing by, I was so caught up in Marguerite and Ewan relationship blooming and the dangers that gave some balance to the the story, making it exciting as well as it was sweet thanks to the romance. Overall, the combination of the time period, the descriptions, the well written and well developed characters, the surprises, the mysteries and the pace, was what made this one of my favorite books of 2019. That and the fact that it's just the beginning of my love for Elisabeth Hobbes' books.

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