“Ravished by a Highlander” by Paula Quinn ★★★★★

Despite the cheesy title, this is an excellent romance novel set in the Scottish highlands. The narrator was top notch.  She was competently able to differentiate the voices of multiple characters, including female and male, English and Scottish accents, in a believable way. Her narration was very helpful in actually being able to hear the correct pronunciation of various Scottish locales, i.e. Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye sounds somewhat like “Kill-ock-in”.

Ravished by a Highlander Kyleakin Isle of Skye

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The characters are interesting, well-developed, and all left with a bit of mystery about them.  Even at the end, I was unsure at times how the plot would develop and was waiting for betrayals to occur by those we were conditioned to trust, or by acts of martyrdom by those we came to love.

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King James II “James of York”, a Stuart, ruled from 1685-1688

This takes place in the year 1685 during the reign of King James II (grandfather to the future “Bonnie Prince Charlie”).  Lady Davina Montgomery has been hidden away in a convent in Scotland after the death of her mother when she was a child.  Her true identity is unknown to most and she is presented to the world as a young novice.  She is now 24, and with a small army sworn to protect her, her life is torn apart by an act of betrayal which causes the deaths of nearly everyone around her.  She is rescued at the last moment by a Scottish highlander, who just happens to be traveling near the convent with a few of his men when they hear the clash of swords, women’s screams, and see the smoke from the burning abbey.

Although Davina is reticent about exposing her identity, her rescuer, Robert MacGregor, knows she is of some importance, but is unable to leave her protection to anyone else now that he has met her, so he brings her to his home on the Isle of Skye, a castle hidden away among the mists in the higher reaches of the hills.  By the time his suspicions of her parentage are confirmed, it is too late.  He already loves her and is sworn to protect her, knowing that doing so could bring war to his clan.

Ravished by a Highlander Kyleakin Isle of Skye 2

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Ravished by a Highlander Scotland

Ravished by a Highlander

 

Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn
#1 Children of the Mist
Blackstone Audio, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie

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