Title: Highlander for the Holidays
By Janet Chapman
Genre: Scottish, Magical Elements, Contemporary,
On Book Shelves: October 2011
Format: eBook &Print
Book Heat: HOT
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After a brutal attack, Jessie Pringle moved to the small mountain town of
, to start over. But she never expected to meet Ian MacKeage, who had seemingly stepped right out of the Scottish Highlands. As drawn to Ian as he is to her, Jessie finds it more and more difficult to deny her own desires... Pine Creek, Maine
Then, on one of her long walks through the wilderness, she meets a kindly hermit who sells her a walking stick-one imbued with a magic that may allow Jessie to finally be rid of the pain of her past, and build a future with Ian.
~About Janet Chapman~
A native of rural central Maine, Janet Chapman lives there in a cozy log cabin on a lake with her husband. Three cats and a stray young bull moose keep them company. The author of the hugely popular Highlander time-travel series, she also writes contemporary romances. To learn more please visit www.janetchapman.com
One word describes New York Times bestselling Author Janet Chapman’s eighth instalment in her highlander series latest release, HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS...Phenomenal! Released by Pocket Star Books this past October fans have been in desperation for that hottie highlander Ian McKeage and he is now here spreading a magical cherry this holiday season .
Jessie Pringle has headed north to the quaint country town of
after seeing the resort brochure. After a severe attack has left her scared emotionally and physically Jesse decides she needs a fresh start and away from the coddling her family and friends keep heaping on her. It is time to get back to living no matter how painful or scary it might be. What she never expected to find was a true-blue highlander who seems to have stepped right out from the Scottish highland mist. Inexplicably drawn to Ian Jesse is not sure what to make of him and his seemingly calm and gentle understanding. For one thing this hottie highlander has won over her service dog, Toby, which is highly unusual. If that was not enough to make a young girl shake her head and wonder she meets and old hermit one day out walking Toby and he gives her a walking stick, but this is not any ordinary walking stick. soon Jessie discovers that maybe there is more than meets the eyes in the beautiful country side of Pine Creek, Maine . It is the season of magic and anything could happen. Maine
Do you believe in Magic? I certainly do. HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a fantastically bewitching installment in Chapman’s charming Highlanders series. Chapman is an extraordinary story teller with her magnetic imagery wrapped around perfect wording that engages her readers from the get go. I was drawn to the aspect of the service dog, Toby, a broad chest barrel of a Rottweiler that would make angels fear to tread with just one snarl. In Chapman’s genuine of setting the tone early we learn that Toby is ferocious in his guard for Jesse with a heart of a warrior that deeply adores its owner. Yes, the dog captured this readers heart but Jesse Pringle is such a strong unique character that I wanted to learn more about her, too. The more this reader read the more I became obsessed. Jessie Pringle is not your carbon copy alpha female character or heroine. From the beginning we are shown and brought along on Jessie’s fearless journey. This heroine is not typical with her physical impediments but even more so is that she is hindered by the emotional scarring from the attack. Jessie is a one and a million woman who fights to regain her independence, her understanding of what happened to her. She is bound and determined to show others, but primarily herself, that she will never give up and be that broken shell of a woman again.
The one thing that will turn any reader away from a prominent book is its lack of characterization. HIGHLANDERFOR THE HOLIDAY is not short on some of the most fabulous characters that readers have come to enjoy. Along with Ian MacKeage and Jesse Pringle we are treated and reintroduced to the MacBain and more of that fabulously formidable MacKeage crew. The wily affectionate hermit that has his very own agenda sells a magical walking stick to Jessie. He is one of those characters that adds the comedy element, cracks the ice and will crack readers up. I do not know about you but I am a dog lover. I would have to, own two miniatures Dachshunds Magnum and Velocity along with a slandered gingersnap Dachshund named Bullet. My little guys would be very upset if I did not give props to Toby, the massive toffee and cocoa coated Rottweiler, Toby. The dog is an intricate character being Jessie Pringles service dog with a heart of gold. He stills every scene he is in and makes readers see a deeper traumatic side of our heroine. Without Toby, Jessie would not to function normally…or what she now considers normal. His is the fiercely loyal canine you want in your corner.
Any book that starts with a highlander is a very good book in deed. Add in a plot of a woman fighting to get her life back to normal all the while fighting against elements of her scared body, emotional damaged to being attacked and letting people get close to you than you have the beginning of HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS. The plot is intense but entertaining as readers participate in the struggle, conflict and overwhelming fight that set the tone for Chapman’s heroine to overcome. Fighting for what you want makes all the trials and tribulations worth the pain when you achieve your hearts desire.
As a reader we look for books that emotionally strike us. Chapman’s writing is concise and tight with intricate detailed imagery that leads readers into a believable imaginary world of the authors making. Chapman delivers as always. Her strong story lines, fleshed out characters with an intensely gripping prose prove why Chapman is one of today’s bestselling authors.