This author takes you back to the times of Fae, curses, and where those of honor do the right thing. Where not all is resolved as you finish the last page, she will leave you smiling eager to pick up the next in the series.
Title: The Highlander’s Curse True Love Brides, book 2
Author: Claire Delacroix
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1424, The Highlands of Scotland
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke; 1.1 edition
Published Date: January 14, 2014
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 9 hours, 53 minutes
Released Date: October 20, 2015
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke
Publisher’s Summary: Cheated of his inheritance and burdened by the legacy of his Fae blood, Garrett MacLachlan believes he’s doomed to be an outcast forever – until he meets Annelise of Kinfairlie, a gentle maiden with the power to turn his curse into a gift. Can Garrett reclaim his stolen legacy with Annelise by his side? If Annelise defies her family to pursue true love, will that be enough to heal Garrett? And even if they triumph over mortal foes, will the Fae demand a price neither of them can pay?
This edition includes a cast of continuing characters, as well as excerpts from Claire’s upcoming titles, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss and Abyss.
©2013 Deborah A. Cooke (P)2015 Deborah A. Cooke
My Thoughts: Annelise is much like many a young girl – shy with a desperate wish not to be so. Since Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir are magical lands where the Fae abound, so it is, there is a natural spring in the glade where village folk come to pray for healing. It is also a place many a young maiden pray for their dearest desire, placing a ribbon soaked in the spring on a bush whose limbs grow over the spring. Annelise wished for boldness, a husband and both very soon. She knew herself to be so shy she couldn’t possibly entertain a young man’s interest.
Author Claire Delacroix introduces Garrett MacLachlan into the tale, on the trail of a cunning wolf he’s been tracking for weeks. Reaching the natural spring, the wolf is drawn to the water for it has a thirst it must quench. However, seeing the young woman, Annelise, it changes its mind, a morsel to eat was more in demand. Garret sees the way of things when he reaches the spring, killing the wolf directly. Strong this man might be, as gorgeous a man there would be, but, sadly, he cannot be among men. His curse is strong and he is better living alone…except when he meets Annelise he finds some peace. How can this be?
Will the prayer at the spring bear fruit? Will Annelise be bold enough to reach for what she wants?
Will Garrett, gifted by the gods, yet cursed, be able to believe in himself and demand better for himself?
Narrator Saskia Maarleveld, with her warm alto voice knows how to tantalize a listener. Her voice modulation easily captures the gender, emotion and spirit of each character. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to her in other narrations. She’s extremely talented, perfectly grasping the poignancy of each scene.
As with all I’ve read or listened to by Claire Delacroix, she holds me entirely engrossed and never am I disappointed with the telling. I love the rather archaic pattern of speech she uses in the Jewels of Kinfairlie and Lammergeier saga. Her stories are a perfect blend of magic, suspense, passion, honor, deceit and greed. She has me listening well beyond the time I should be doing something else. Simply delightful entertainment–on that you can rely! If you haven’t started reading Claire Delacroix, you are missing a wonderful magical land where dreams do come true, yet danger lurks beyond the shadows.
Note from the Author to the Reader:
The Renegade’s Heart was a milestone for me because it was my first indie-published original title. I created the fictional holdings of Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie in my medieval romance The Rogue, which was the first book in my Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy. The Scoundrel (book #2 in that series) further explored the history of those two sites, and also added the highland keep of Inverfyre to my fictional version of Scotland. The Warrior, book #3, was set primarily at Inverfyre, and at the end of that book, the family from Kinfairlie comes to Inverfyre at midsummer to celebrate the wedding of Aileen and the Hawk. There is one line in The Warrior about Roland and Catherine having eight children, which gave me the idea to write a linked series of eight books, each one telling the story of one of those children. I published the first three stories of these siblings in my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy (The Beauty Bride, The Rose Red Bride, and The Snow White Bride) but could not place the others with publishers. There was a conviction in 2005 that readers only wanted to read Regency-set historicals, not medievals. I knew otherwise from my reader mail, but until portals like KDP opened, there were few options for authors. I was (and am) very excited to have the chance to finish what was begun. Not only was I able to continue the series and tell Isabella and Murdoch’s story, but I could include the paranormal elements I love. The True Love Brides series begins after Alexander has decided to let his younger siblings marry for true love. These stories also occur when the portal to the realm of the Fae is wide open, and the Fae are prepared to make trouble for mortals in their vicinity. In The Renegade’s Heart, Isabella must save Murdoch from the Elphine Queen, who has no intention of surrendering him. The True Love Brides series continues with The Highlander’s Curse, which is Annelise’s story. Next up will be Malcolm’s story in The Frost Maiden’s Kiss. I hope you will return to Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir with me, and read about true love conquering all obstacles.
All my best – Claire