Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London
Date Read: April 25th 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
An indomitable governess...a brooding Highlander...a forbidden affair...
An ill-fated elopement cost English-born governess Bernadette Holly her reputation, her unsuitable lover and any chance of a future match. She has nothing left to fear--not even the bitter, dangerously handsome Scot due to marry her young charge. Naive wallflower Avaline is terrified to wed Rabbie Mackenzie, but if he sends her home, she will be ruined. Bernadette's solution: convince Rabbie to get Avaline to cry off...while ignoring her own traitorous attraction to him.
A forced engagement to an Englishwoman is a hard pill for any Scot to swallow. It's even worse when the fiancee in question is a delicate, foolish young miss--unlike her spirited, quick-witted governess. Sparring with Bernadette brings passion and light back to Rabbie's life after the failed Jacobite uprising. His clan's future depends upon his match to another, but how can any Highlander forsake a love that stirs his heart and soul?
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: Highland Grooms #3
Also by this author: Wild Wicked Scot, Sinful Scottish Laird br> br>
Also in this series: Wild Wicked Scot, Sinful Scottish Laird
Read for Review (From the Publisher)
This is my favorite of Julia London’s The Highland Grooms series. Rabbie Mackenzie is a lost and broken soul after the battle at Culloden Moor that devastated the Highlands. He had not joined the rebels, but was sympathetic to their cause. While his family stayed out of it, much of their land and village was still destroyed by the English. He contemplates suicide and wonders what happened to his childhood love, but won’t cause his parents more pain. They have arranged a marriage for him to a young English girl.
Miss Avaline Kent has no desire to wed a boorish Scot but is too afraid of her father to disagree with him and his plans. Her companion, Bernadette Holly, encourages her to give Rabbie a chance. Bernadette has a sad past, and works as a companion as her father disowned her. (I won’t spoil that good part of the story.) Bernadette agrees that he is not a good choice for Avaline. However, as she gets to know him she falls in love with him.
There is so much going on in this wonderful book and I do not like to spoil anything for those who have yet to read this book. I highly recommend it, especially if you like Scottish stories.
This is the third book of the series but can be read without reading the earlier ones.
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