This series has been a favorite of mine. Campbell’s Redemption releases in a couple of days. Great reading with bold characters and dire events!
Title: Campbell’s Redemption A Highland Pride Novel, Book 3
Author: Sharon Cullen
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1746, border of Campbell and Sutherland land
Published by: Loveswept
Published Date: November 22, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC
About the Story:
In a tense, seductive novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Sutherland’s Secret (“[A] story of love, loyalty, and honor.”—Library Journal), a Highland chieftain and a beautiful young widow are reunited by deception and desire.
With Cait Campbell hiding Scottish fugitives from the British crown, who should arrive wearing his English-style coat but Iain Campbell, the traitorous clan leader and the man responsible for her husband’s death. Iain seeks a healer for his fallen kinsman, and out of a sense of duty Cait is obliged to help. Her uncanny ability to read people is powerless against his dark, impassive gaze, yet Iain is kind in a way that moves her.
In Cait’s company, Iain is overcome by painful memories of his best friend, her husband, who died protecting him. But grief shows weakness—a luxury he cannot permit, because Iain is playing a dangerous game with the British army. One small misstep and he could be branded a traitor or executed as a spy. But even with political tensions mounting to a fever pitch, Iain can’t get Cait out of his mind. What he doesn’t know is that Cait is playing a deep and deadly game of her own, and their love could put everything—even Scotland itself—in peril.
My Thoughts: I’m ever the fan of Sharon Cullen’s work. She weaves a story of passion, bravery and honor which usually reduces me to tears, at some point, as she did with this one. The depth of emotion runs deep in her characters, drawing me into their plight.
Iain Campbell wasn’t a likeable character in the other two books of the series. He always had a question mark with me about his motives. He manages to ride the fence between the Scots and the English. He has ulterior motives many don’t understand and others are quick to accuse him of being a traitor. Here in Campbell’s Redemption, we get to know him, and learn there are those who respect him on both sides of the fence. But he isn’t sure if he respects himself.
Iain and Cait, along with John, Cait’s husband and Iain’s best friend, spent many hours enjoying each other’s company in the past. So why the dislike now? Cait has the ragged memory of her husband dying to protect Iain. She blames Iain. And Iain blames himself, too.
One particular cast member I must make note of. It’s Cait’s uncanny cat who knows someone is coming to her small cottage and will sit by the front door. Her relationship with the cat tells me a lot about Cait. Since Cait loves the cat and wants it to remain with her, she dare not name it. Black Cat it was. Your next question might be, well, why not? Everything in Cait’s life she loved has been killed. So, if she doesn’t name it, it isn’t important and therefore won’t be taken from her.
Cait no longer trusts Iain. Even his presence torments her, for she loved John. She doesn’t trust him. As a healer, many people came to seek her aid, and on one fateful night Iain came with one of his clansmen, Adair. In this evening, Cait is harboring Scots under the floor boards of her cottage, who are being hunted.
Adair was leaning forward, his arm protecting his middle. She could see from the blood staining his shirt that he’d been either short or stabbed.
She was reluctant to let these two into her home. It was well known that she was not a friend of the Campbell, and if he discovered the fugitives hiding under the floor, she would expose Sutherland’s secret underground movement to whisk the most wanted of Scotland’s fugitives out of the country, thereby putting her life in danger and ruining any chance of the fugitives escaping.
But what choice did she have? She was the local healer, and as such, her door was always open to those in need. It would seem churlish and raise suspicion to turn them away.
But dear Lord, why tonight? Why couldn’t Adair have gotten hurt tomorrow night, when her cottage would be empty?
She tries to get Iain to leave Adair with her. It’s too risky having him around because of the fugitives. But Iain is obstinate and will not leave, after all, this is his land. He sleeps in the barn and discovers the fugitives leave her cottage in the middle of the night. He doesn’t confront her, but questions to himself why she should be putting herself in danger. Now he won’t leave the area. Then comes the admiring redcoat. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s an excerpt very telling about how Cait and Iain affect each other.
He stood, the scraping of the chair loud in the silence. “I’ll chop some wood.” “As ye wish.” She said tightly. What he wished was that she would forgive him for John’s death. What he wished was that he could forgive himself for John’s death. What he wished would probably never happen.
What Cait wished was that Iain Campbell had picked a better place to chop wood. Did he purposely position himself right outside her window, halfway between the house and the barn? He’d found her ax, set up a wooden block, and carried a mound of sturdy logs to the block.
And then he’d taken off his shirt, and Cait had abandoned any pretext of baking.
He lifted the ax high above his head, ripping torso tensing, revealing a stomach laddered with well-defined muscles. Shoulders flexed as he swung the ax down, cleanly slicing the log in half. He bent over to toss the pieces to the growing pile of kindling and started all over. Cait’s gaze traveled over wide shoulders that tapered to a thin waist. His trousers hung loosely, clinging to his hip bone and revealing the dip of muscles that arrowed down to…
Cait is fighting her attraction to Iain. Iain is fighting his attraction to Cait. Both are in way too deep in protecting their country. Cait has the added danger of one of the redcoats, Sergeant Halloway, showing her favoritism. Yes, the slope is very slippery for them both.
There is plenty of suspense and some scenes with tremendous danger, nail-biting time. I don’t hesitate to recommend any of this author’s work, particularly if you enjoy a passionate love story with danger escalating at every turn, gripping all your senses.
About the Author: After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University Sharon found that the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. The Notorious Lady Anne is her first historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
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