Title: Highland Knight to Remember, book 3 Highland Dynasty Series
Author: Amy Jarecki
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: Late 15th Century, The Scottish Highlands
Published by: Rapture Books Published Date: May 12, 2015
About the Story: In 15th century Scotland, Gyllis Campbell arrives at the Beltane festival with one thing on her mind—to win the heart of Sir Sean MacDougall once and for all. Astonishingly, Sir Sean would like nothing more than to oblige the lovely lass. But when news of his father’s death arrives, Sean races for Dunollie Castle. Unaware of Sean’s tragedy, Gyllis departs the festival thwarted. Worse, a terrible illness strikes her down, and she’s sent to the cloisters of Ardchattan Priory for healing. Plagued by raids on his lands and deception in his ranks, Sean is embroiled in a battle to regain control. Pulled in a myriad of directions, adversity runs rampant as Gyllis struggles to regain her health and Sean battles the very demon who covets his title. Fighting for their lives, both must prevail before their love can blossom.
My Thoughts: When everything goes fairly swimmingly at the beginning of a story, you know it will never stay that way. Both Gyllis and Sir Sean fight their own demons and love’s happiness is cast aside. I loved the way Gyllis fought her illness. What could be worse than total paralysis? However, with her sheer will and gusty temper, she begins to heal. Sir Sean is dealing with keeping his clan together for after his father’s death (Laird of Dunoillie) many men who felt they had been wronged by his father made trouble for him, trying to weaken his leadership. We see that Sir Sean is a strong man, but tends to give men second chances or the benefit of the doubt.
In this story, he should have listened to his first gut feeling and gone with it. The intensity of the love and connect that eventually blossoms between Gyllis and Sir Sean eventually saves his life. Gyllis is a lass I would gladly count as a friend for she is very loyal and giving, qualities every heroine should have. Amy Jarecki’s stories are always full of excitement, wondrous heroes or heroines with passionate natures.
This story has plenty of humorous remarks and scenes which remain in my mind. I particularly likes the time that Gyllis spends in the Abbey being taken care of by the monks. Duncan Campbell, Lord of Glenorchy, brother to Gyllis took his responsibilities seriously where his sisters were concerned. He remembered how he and Sean MacDougall were very much the rake when younger. This put a lot of tension between the good friends and very nearly lost Gyllis the boy she had loved since she was seven.
Other characters sure to have a story of their own is Helen, Gyllis’s younger sister. She was married to a husband who didn’t offer her love. The tie between Gyllis and Helen was very strong, one that every sister should have.
When I read the Author’s Note I was pleasantly surprised to see many of these main characters were indeed part of history. Ms. Jarecki’s talent for storytelling and love of the highlands shines forth in her writing. Her stories are easy to follow, however with plenty of subplots and characters to prod the reader to read, trying to figure out what will happen to blow all happiness to smithereens and open-mouthed when it does.
I highly recommend this lovely Scottish love story, the kind of love that will endure forever. As the author put it, “a love with a fire so passionate the torch he carried could never be snuffed.” That’s heady stuff!
About the Author: Amy loves Scotland! She holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and now resides in Southwest Utah with her husband where she predominantly writes historical romance. Amy is the president of the Heritage Writers Guild, and a member of the Celtic Hearts Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and lectures on writing topics. Amy’s first published novel, now titled Boy Man Chief, won the League of Utah Writers award for Best Manuscript, and the St. George Spark Book Award. Since then, she has won many other writing awards. Her novels, Captured by the Pirate Laird, The Highland Henchman and Beauty and the Barbarian achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s Scottish Historical Romance genre list.