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    Historical Scottish Romance

    Highland Crown by May McGoldrick Royal Highlander #1 In 1820 life in Scotland for the Scottish was one of oppression and being under the yoke of an occupying force. Having lived in such a situation I know that what the occupier and those being occupied experience is not the same. It is true of Scotland and many other countries that have been occupied in the past. There are atrocities perpetrated, freedom-fighters heroes of the country considered terrorists by the occupiers and...anyway...it has not changed in centuries and no doubt will remain the same for centuries. Anyway, this book is set in Scotland when England is occupying it. The English feel they have valid reasons for being there and doing what they are doing BUT that is definitely up for debate. The people that suffer most in situations like this are often the poor who are without means of any sort to deal with the political shenanigans and horrors they face but...they do often survive against the odds. So...I digressed but in doing so perhaps set the stage. There is a woman with a bounty on her head. She is wanted by the English and also by others. She believes she has found a place to hunker down and hide till she can move on to Halifax with her half-sister and step-daughter but while she waits to move on events are set in play that change her life entirely. A ship founders on the rocks of the bay near where she is hiding and when her skills as a physician are put into play saving the ship’s captain both her life and the captain’s are changed forever. This book contains a fair bit of politics and history but not to the detriment of the romance and the wonderful introduction to the books that will follow. We meet Isabella: physician, widow, step-mother, guardian of her half-sister, forward thinking female who is being hunted for treason. We also meet Captain Cinead MacKintosh: orphan, man of the sea, ship’s captain, man of honor, charismatic leader, superb lover, and more. That Isabella saves Cinead’s life is not lost on him and when he is able to return the favor he manages to do so even when not at his physical best. What I liked: * Isabella’s strength, intelligence, skills, calm demeanor, passion and so much more. * Cinead...I really liked him and how he managed to do what was needed even when he should have been laid flat on the floor PLUS he was a swoon-worthy book boyfriend – at least in my opinion. * Searc (though I think his name is said Shark) – his cunning and ability to play both sides for the benefit of all...especially himself. * Jean: for an older woman she is a great role model * Carmichael: the physician didn’t get a lot of time in the book but his role really supported Isabella’s abilities and character * The relationship between Isabella and Cinead and how the two grew together and as individuals. What I didn’t like: * Hudson the Hussar and his buddies – talk about people who deserve to be roasted on a spit over a fiery pit! * Habbie – and his village companions out to glean what they could from the ship that crashed on the rocks...I mean...really? Sure...the sea takes and it gives but it also gives not only goods from shipwrecks but also human lives that should be saved and not squandered! * The historical times – I hate reading about injustice...in the past or in the present and yet...sometimes the story has to have mention of these injustices to give them the setting and impact they need to solidify the story. What am I looking forward to in this series? (yes, I do want to read more in this series) * Finding out how Isabella and Cinead move forward now that they are a couple * Finding out more about Cinead’s background * Seeing who Maisie and Morrigan end up with * Finding out whether or not John Gordon survived his time under torture and finds a HEA. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    A Wonderful Story

    Once you begin this story, I warn that you will not be able to stop until the end. The prologue set the stage for Scotland in 1820's when there was the Radical Uprising and Scotland was in turmoil. The time is June 1820 on the Northeast highland coast and thus begins an adventure that will take you on a journey like never before! Brimming with history and such three dimensional characters you feel you are there with them. The emotions and intensity will leave you almost breathless as this fast paced story pulls you into a world and time in history full of danger and intrigue that starts with the heroine, Isabella Murray Drummond. May McGoldrick have outdone themselves with the start of this new series. The heroine Isabella is on the run. A brilliant doctor whose deceased husband was deemed a rebal and traitor, so she was as well. The Crown wanted her and her husband's rebellious allies, who were scared she knew information to inform on them, wanted her and there was a hugh price on her head. She had to protect her sister and stepdaughter that were in danger and she would do whatever it took! Fate walks in by the name of Captain Cinaed Mackintosh and if you were not captured before, you will be now as the story continues. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait until the next in this series!! Amazing and love the cover! I read this through NetGallery
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    Full of history, lots of action and love

    Rich with history, I enjoyed this tale. Isabella and Cinead were both strong and formidable characters, each driven by their pasts and circumstances. I held my breath every time a situation arose. Would they succeed? Would they be caught? Their attraction brought a softness to the story. I recommend this story. I received an ARC through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
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    Highland Crown

    Enter a world of intrigue, danger and growing love with Cinaed and Isabella as their paths cross to the resulting journey together. Enjoyed the storyline and characters. Looking forward to the next book of the series. Ebok from net galley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
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    Looks to be an exciting new series

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Highland Crown is the first book in what looks to be an epic new series Royal Highlander by May McGoldrick (the pseudonym used by Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick). The story takes place in Scotland in 1820 a time of great unrest. Doctor Isabella Drummond is fleeing for her life, not only has the Crown put a bounty on her head but the political group her husband belonged to before his death has too afraid that she will betray them to the Crown. While on the run she saves Cinaed Mackintosh when his ship is run aground during a storm and the nearby villagers shoot him. With a villain reminiscent of a cross between Inspector Javert and Black Jack Randall on their trail they struggle to find safe harbour and retrieve Isabella’s younger sister and stepdaughter. Their story will continue in the books that follow. I found this one to be so engrossing that I devoured it in less than 24 hours. The authors paint a very vivid picture of the time which somewhat parallels what is happening in today’s world. Medium Steam. Publishing Date April 30, 2019. #NetGalley #HighlandCrown #MayMcGoldrick #StMartinsPress #StMartinsPaperbacks
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