Reviews - Historical

A Very Highland Holiday
Jennifer Ashley, Tanya Anne Crosby, Kathryn Le Veque,
Kerrigan Byrne, Darcy Burke, Eliza Knight

After a disastrous Scottish defeat at Culloden, with heavy losses on both sides suffered, it does not feel much like Christmas in the snowy Highlands. Even though the conflict occurred eight months ago, both the land and its people still bear the scars. Despite this, Balthazar’s Inn is as busy as ever with unique individuals traveling through.

A cloud of woe has descended on Wakefield, home to Drake Harcourt, knight and son of the earl. In the space of two days, Drake’s life as captain of the guard and loving son is turned upside down when he loses both parents and is forced out by his conniving half-brother.

Gerard of Malmsbury is a self-made English knight and the new lord of spectacular Tangwyl Castle. Marared is a prideful, recalcitrant Welsh chieftain’s daughter. To end the bad blood between Welsh and English, a deal is struck: Gerard will take Marared as his bride and peace will reign in the realm. All seem happy with the arrangement, except Marared.

Daisy Vincent is spending the season in London with her grandmother, Lady Reynolds, while her parents stay in the country until her sibling is born. Daisy is hoping for a love match like her parents have; spending all their time together, so much so, Daisy feels like an interloper when she is around them.

When relics expert Andrea Ricard meets Donald Eden, there is an instant attraction on both sides. She also meets his two brothers and their wives. Charlotte, one of the sisters-in-law, possesses some holy relics from the crusades. Before he died, her father, Maurice, promised to get the relics to the families of the fallen soldiers.

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