God’s teeth! I loved this book– about a giant of a warrior with the kindest of hearts and a poorly treated and beaten woman who made some wrong choices. They join destinies where family is the most precious of commodities.
Title: Wee William’s Woman, Book Three of The Clan MacDougall Series
Author: Suzan Tisdale
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: Scotland, 1345
Pages: 406 Published By: Suzan Tisdale
Published Date: March 22, 2013
Narrated By: Brad Wills
Listening Length: 15 hours, 23 minutes
Publisher: Suzan Tisdale
Release Date: September 30, 2014
The Clan MacDougall Series
Laiden’s Daughter, Book 1
Findley’s Lass, Book 2
Wee William’s Woman, Book 3
McKenna’s Honor, Book 4
A Brief Description: They call him Wee William. Though he stands nearly seven feet tall, with arms and legs the size of tree trunks and hands as big as buckets, there is nothing wee about him. His scowl alone is enough to make most men’s bones rattle with fear. And women, rather than swooning, tend to run in the opposite direction. The giant Highlander is a self-proclaimed bachelor who has sworn for years that there isn’t a woman in all of Scotland worth shaving his beard for, and for good reason. Years ago, after a bonny young lass broke his heart and left his dignity in shreds, he swore never again to put it in such peril. As a testament to his sincerity, he vowed never again to shave his beard.
Then he met her. In a single heartbeat, Wee William was lost. Forever lost to a brown-haired beauty with gray-blue eyes brimming with tears — a woman in need. On her wedding night, Nora realized she made a terrible mistake. She had agreed to wed Horace Crawford when he promised her younger siblings would live with them. He soon broke his word and sent them away. Horace soon proved a harsh, cruel husband who owned no heart, nor a shred of decency.
On a dark, cold winter’s night, when Nora had almost given up hope of ever saving her siblings and herself, God answered her prayers in a most peculiar way. Through a band of fierce Highlanders on a mission to retrieve small but priceless treasures. Treasures she had unwittingly harbored. Little did the Highlanders know they would return with more than those treasures… They would return with Wee William’s Woman.
My Thoughts: As mammoth as Wee William is, this story is many-paged and hours of pure listening pleasure. Suzan Tisdale immediately drops us into action – Wee William and his almost equally fierce men are looking for treasure. It looked like they were going to kill for it!
The scene unfolds with events softening the listeners/readers heart. These men weren’t looking for treasure out of greed, but out of love to one mishandled wee lass who was newly married to their clan’s laird. My heart furthered softened in how he treats the woman he finds tied, yes tied to Horace Crawford. Wee William, that very evening fell in love, not knowing what love felt like, yet knowing he had to convince this woman to stay with him.
This first scene sets the mood for the remainder of the story. The author, with great detail develops each scene building on the one previous. Horace Crawford was the bad-ass wife beater who Nora tried to escape many a time. His two other brothers lived with them, so she had little chance to escape. Each time she had, she would be found and beaten.
When Horace kept trying to defend himself verbally after Nora had been cut from his ankle, I loved what Wee William said, in the wonderfully gruff and common language of this giant, as spoken by the talented Brad Wills.
“Ye utter another word, you cur, I’ll rip your tongue out and feed it to you through your ass!”
As you can well imagine, it made me laugh! Very descriptive, indeed!
In the first scene Wee William asks Nora if she wants to be a widow. Beaten, one eye closed and swollen, this is something she had prayed for, and thought it a unique way for God to answer her prayers. She nods. Wee William sent his men out to get rid of the three brothers. He sent them without a stitch of clothing, just shoes in the middle of winter. Laird Agnus told his warriors not to kill, so instead of following William’s orders, they left the three brothers to die, miles from the hut.
The rub is, if Horace is alive, she is still married and can’t marry William (which William discovers he wants). But Nora thinks she’s a widow, so lives her life as if she is free. Again, it is extremely funny how Wee William engineers the events to his favor.
Brad Wills never disappoints me when he narrates. His voice was gruff, deep and ‘huge’ for Wee William, which of course, suited him perfectly. I adored the voice he had for Nora’s little six-year-old sister. The character was as cute as a button, sensitive and truly lovable. When Brad Wills pitched his voice 2 octaves above Wee William, it always made me smile. Bravo, Brad! What a great voice range!
This story is about pay-back to those who have done evil and promises are not kept, cherishing family and protecting them even if resources and capabilities are limited. It’s about honor, never giving in to a promise you have made. It’s about camaraderie among men and friendship among women. Readers and listeners, I highly recommend this series. It will tickle your funny bone, melt your heart, curl your toes and make your heart race.
I received this audiobook as a win on a blog and I am so happy I did! Thank you Suzan Tisdale for the great tale and to Brad Willis who narrated it so marvelously!
About the Author: Suzan lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband and the youngest of their four children. Monetary donations are currently being accepted to help feed their 17-year-old, 6’3″, built-like-a-linebacker son and keep him in shoes.
Some people say she is obsessed with writing. Suzan prefers to think of it as a passion. While there is great joy in writing, the biggest joy comes in sharing what you’ve written with the world. So she writes passionately and shares her work joyfully with the intent of bringing smiles to her readers’ faces.
You can visit Suzan at her website: http://www.suzantisdale.com
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About the Narrator: Brad Wills has been narrating audio books for a little over two and a half years, specializing in the Historical Romance genre. His most frequent collaborators are Kathryn Le Veque, Suzan Tisdale, and Amy Jarecki.
Other titles he has narrated for Ms. Tisdale include ROWAN’S LADY, FINDLEY’S LASS, and MCKENNA’S HONOR. Next up is FREDERICK’S QUEEN from the Clan Graham Series.
Before diving into the realm of audio book narration, Brad spent 20 years in New York as an actor/singer. His credits include the 20th Anniversary Broadway revival of ANNIE, touring with MAMMA MIA! and THE WIZARD OF OZ, and numerous regional productions. As a singer, Brad made appearances in several cabaret shows, and sang with the á capella jazz octet Pieces of 8, with whom he recorded the album FALLING TOGETHER. He was also featured on the Grammy-nominated (Best Opera Recording, 2004) studio recording of composer Edward Thomas’ operatic adaptation of DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS