Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway!

I was so glad to be included in the Miss Leslie's Secret blog tour. I love Jennifer Moore's books and this one was no exception!

Conall Stewart has come home from the war to find his family's home burned out and everyone missing. He settles in the next township over until he can find them, and while there, encounters a young lad named Jamie who likes to get into mischief.  Trying to help Jamie and his mother, Aileen, begins to soothe parts of his wounded heart, but even with their newfound love, Aileen keeps a big secret from him. When it all comes out he feels betrayed, but will he fight for his family? Or lose everyone he's come to love?

I love Scottish Highland stories that are done well and this one hits every note. The setting has just enough detail to transport the reader back to Scotland, the secondary cast of villagers are unique and easy to love with all their quirks, but it's the hero, heroine, and small boy that make this a standout novel. The depth to Conall and Aileen really gives the story a three-dimensional feel and the way they deal with the horrifying events of the past affecting their future gives the reader a peek into how it really could have been. Their love story was sweet and unrushed, with little Jamie adding another dimension to a complicated, but genuinely endearing, romance. The danger element pulled me right in and had me turning pages whenever I had even the smallest free moment so I could see what happened. I think this is the perfect book to start off the new season, curled in my favorite chair in front of the fireplace with my extra-soft blanket. I would highly recommend this one for anyone who loves a good Scottish Highlander romance with a little danger on the side.

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Here's the back copy:

Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for . . .

After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself . . ..

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