Donna’s Review: The Highlander’s Norse Bride by Cathy MacRae

Posted March 21, 2018 by Felicia S in 2018 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Donna's Reviews, Reviews / 0 Comments

Donna’s Review: The Highlander’s Norse Bride by Cathy MacRaeSource: NetGalley EBook Review

The Highlander's Norse Bride by Cathy MacRae, DD MacRae

Date Read: March 2018

Genre: Historical, Romance

Caught between two kings vying for sovereignty of the Isles and Western Scotland, Hanna of Hällstein has lost everything—and vows to repay the Scots for the deaths of her husband and children. Fleeing the smoldering ruins of her village, Hanna crosses the Strait of Mull and chooses the Laird of Clan MacLean as the object of her revenge.

Alex MacLean has buried a wife and three children. Ignoring the clamors for him to wed again and produce an heir, he finds himself drawn to a Norse refugee who defies him and tests the limits of his patience—and his power as Laird.

Torn between revenge and honor, Hanna fears setting aside her vow of vengeance means she has lost her reason for living. Alex is determined to save her, even if it means defying the king.

Do you like a bit of history with your romance? In the 13th century, the king of Scotland had little control in the Western Highlands and in the isles to the north and west. A rich culture of Gaelic and Norn existed here, and power lay in the hands of the chiefs. Much of Western Scotland and the Isles gave their allegiance to the king of Norway.
In 1249, King Alexander II prepared to invade the Hebrides and Western Scotland. After 5 years of failed negotiations with Norway to purchase these areas, King Alexander broke his association with King Haakon and set out to take the Isles and Western territories by force.
In the years to come, two kings would perish during this battle for sovereignty—along with many people given the choice to change their alliance to the Scottish king . . .
Or die.

More Information:
Series: Hardy Heroines #3.5

Also by this author: The Highlander's Viking Bride, The Highlander's Welsh Bride
Also in this series: The Highlander's Viking Bride, The Highlander's Welsh Bride

Read for Review (Netgalley)
Overall Rating: 5.00

Hanna escapes her home on the Isle of Mull after they are attacked by Scots. She is determined to make the Scots pay for the deaths of her family and burning their village. When she arrives near the MacLean castle she rescues a young girl, Aadny, from some drunken Scots killing one of them. Laird Alex MacLean takes them to his castle and gives them work in the kitchen. Alex is a widower with a young daughter, Gillian, who reminds Hanna of her daughter Signy. Gillian likes Hanna immediately. As Alex is preparing his ship to leave soon, Gillian receives a puppy from her aunt and convinces her father she wants Hanna and Aadny to take care of her while he’s away. Alex leaves to go with the King and returns with a surprise for Hanna.

This is one of the best novellas I’ve read. Although a few characters have appeared in the previous book of this series, you do not need to have read it to enjoy this one. I have barely touched on what happens as I don’t want to ruin a wonderful book, the surprise or the HEA. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.



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