Audiobook Review: TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER by Barbara Longley

Trap yourself in 15th century Scottish highlands in this delightful time travel trip you’ll not wish to miss!

515x6LTA+3L._SL300_Title: True to the Highlander, A Novel of Loch Moigh
Author: Barbara Longley
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 338
Published by: Montlake Romance
Published Date: February 18, 2014
ISBN-10: 1477817441
ISBN-13: 978-1477817445

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 12 hours, 1 minute
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Published By: Brilliance Audio

Publisher’s Summary: A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

And only she can tip the scales.

The fortune-teller said something about saving a life, then zapped Alethia Goodsky back to fifteenth-century Scotland — a land bristling with broadswords and intrigue. Alethia is no damsel in distress, though, even if brawny, blue-eyed Malcolm has sworn to protect her. With her wits and special abilities, she races to solve the gypsy’s mystery and protect those she’s come to love. The stakes climb higher and enemies close in, forcing Alethia to choose between finding her way home…and staying true to her Highlander.

©2014 Barbara Longley (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

IMG_4899My Thoughts: I always enjoy time travel and the complication between people with such vast differences in experiences.

Alethia is the epitome of a 21st century young lady—independent, intelligent, goal-driven and humorous. She wasn’t one to look for help, but stood on her own feet to solve her problems. But the tangle she found herself in was not one she could unravel. I admired the way she was able to adjust to the circumstance and even in a foreign setting she looked beyond her own needs.

She holds back her heart when it came to her relationship with Malcolm. If she were sent by Gissell to the 15th century to right a wrong, she had best get to it; she would, then probably be whisked back to her time—mission accomplished. She could not afford to leave her heart with Malcolm, yet her body yearned for his, making it neigh impossible to keep it from happening.

Malcolm, once he made up his mind to have Alethia, he was fearful for her. He saved her life many times while she also saved his. Was that her mission?

A theme throughout: Nothing is more important than love. Riches, titles, land are not what truly is important. It was a pleasure to listen to such a well-written historical romance of this time period with all its terrorizing and poignant moments. We experience deep feelings between Malcolm and Alethia, and humorous moments when Alethia uses modern vernacular on Malcolm and his family who react with quizzical comments which made me laugh.

The narrator, Angela Dawe, told a fine story, Scottish brogue in dialog from the highlanders and her own voice and that of Alethia with American accent. Her pacing and emotional engagement made it a pleasure to listen, moving the story forward effortlessly. I’m glad I listened to book one of the series, because it is quite an interesting tale and would enjoy continuing the series. If you love a highlander story with plenty of adventure, suspense, time travel and a heroine with special abilities then set your sight on this book.

timthumbAbout the Author: As a child, award-winning author Barbara J. Longley moved frequently and learned how to entertain herself with stories. As an adult, she’s lived in a commune in the Appalachians, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled from coast to coast. Once she had children, she decided it was time to plant roots and made Minnesota her permanent home. Barbara holds a master’s degree in special education and has been an elementary school teacher for many years. While she loves teaching, reading and writing are her passions. By night, she likes to explore things mythical, metaphysical, paranormal, and/or newsworthy. Much of what she learns makes its way into her stories, where all things are possible.

She is also the author of The Difference a Day MakesFar from PerfectA Change of Heart, and Heart of the Druid Laird.

Don’t miss hearing about new releases and breaking news–subscribe to Ms. Longley’s newsletter via her website: AWARDS:

Far From Perfect2012 OKRWA National Readers Choice Award Winner/Contemp. Romance  2013 Virginia Romance Writers’ HOLT Medallion Award of Excellence Winner/Mainstream Fiction 2013 GRW Maggie Award of Excellence Winner/Single Title 2013 GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Award Finalist 2013 ACRA Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award Winner/Contemporary single Title The Difference a Day Makes: 2014 ACRA Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award Winner/Long Contemporary 2014 Virginia Romance Writers’ HOLT Medallion Merit Award If you are interested in reading excerpts of her other works of fiction, please visit her website

Dawe_A_DAbout the Narrator: Angela Dawe is originally from Lansing, Michigan, and currently calls Chicago home. Her work includes film, television, theater, and improvisational comedy, as well as audiobook narration. Her award-winning audiobook narrations, include young adult, suspense, romance, and historical fiction titles. Among Angela’s recordings are The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry, Wild Roses by Deb Caletti, and Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts. She hopes you enjoy listening as much as she enjoys narrating!

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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5 Responses to Audiobook Review: TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER by Barbara Longley

  1. seelkfireice says:

    Great review! Sounds like a good story I wouldn’t mind listening to, I’ll have to add it to my TBL list!


  2. I actually got book 2, too. They were on special at audible. Maybe they still are. I didn’t get them long ago.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bookworm says:

    I read the book though 😉
    Great rev 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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