Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Claimed by the Highland Warrior (MacKinloch Clan, #1) by Michelle Willingham

    Claimed by the Highland Warrior (Harlequin Historical)
  • Title: Claimed by the Highland Warrior
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Format: Paperback, 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (April 19, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0373296428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373296422

War tears families apart, takes away loved ones, ruin lives, and devastates relationships. Nairna and Bram had just said the "I dos" when duty called. Word came that their clan was being attacked, and he left to defend their home. Nairna never saw him again, and was told he had died in the attack. Three years later, she remarried, and went on with life never forgetting her first love. Now, nearly seven years later, he shows up battered and bruised outside Nairna's clan's gate. The implications are mind shattering. After years of imprisonment he's finally managed to escape. Now he's returned looking to claim his bride.....

I really enjoyed this book. Knowing that it was inspired by a true story made it seem all that more real. I still remember hearing stories of men coming back from Vietnam years after the war ended. It was one such homecoming that inspired this story. The emotions and feelings of Willingham's characters made them appear so real I felt I could almost reach into the pages and touch the them. The emotional baggage that Bram experienced reminded me of stories my Grandmother told me of my Grandfather after World War II. The book dealt with how Bram and Nairna had to come to grips with the past while looking to the future. It also dealt with how the two had to get to know one another all over again, neither was the same person that they were when they first married. So if you're looking for an out of the ordinary love story that has the added bonus of a highlander to boot, then this may be the story you've been looking for. I gave this book 4 out of 5 roses.   

Order to be read:
2. Seduced by Her Highland Warrior (Coming July 19th)

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