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5 stars for MacIan’s Gift by @TGrahamWriter #scottish #historicalromance #romance #bookreview
Title: MacIan’s Gift
Author: Terry Graham
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance
A bard, Jamie MacIan believes in ghosts and family curses. Nothing else explains the loss of his clan years ago. His wife and newborn son were slaughtered, and he wasn't there to stop it. When he sets out to restore his ancestral home, he finds more than the reputedly haunted tower. He finds a woman as beautiful and innocent as an angel and more trouble than he ever imagined.
Sarah Clinton tries to be obedient and dutiful, but it's difficult when one finds oneself in hell. Rather than wed her step-father's son, she flees and hides in a ruined castle. Discovered by a Scotsman as gorgeous as sin, she can't trust her savior with the truth. Her uncle, known as the Devil of the Highlands, destroyed Jamie's clan. Lying in his arms is heaven, though, and she learns more about love than she ever thought possible.
Can Jamie and Sarah learn from the past and trust in love, or will the sins of their ancestors destroy all hope of heaven on earth?
Rather than endure another day of abuse, Sarah flees her home, finds shelter in a crumbling tower and discovers love in the arms of her stepfather's enemy. Sarah Clinton shakes with fear every time her stepfather and stepbrother are in the same room as her. When her stepfather demands she marry his son to carry on the name, she refuses. She runs as hard as her crippled leg will carry her and finds refuge in an old deserted castle. It's not vacant for long, though, as the heir, Jamie MacIan, discovers her inside his ancestral home. He talks about ghosts and family curses, yet his kisses are pure heaven. She vows to keep her identity from him, for once he knows the truth, he'll surely seek revenge on her stepfather. Can this be love? Can she and Jamie break the curse through their love for each other? Or will they sacrifice their love to pay for what their ancestors did so long ago?
MacIan's Gift is a truly special Scottish historical romance. I connected with Sarah right away and my heart went out to her several times. Her stepfather and his son are despicable animals who need to be fed to the dogs, slowly and painfully. It takes great writing talent to write such evil characters, but Terry Graham pulls it off with ease. The emotional narration is deep and grabs the reader's heartstrings. Both Sarah and Jamie deal with heart-wrenching circumstances yet the author portrays the abuse and grief with historical accuracy. The plot moves at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. What makes this book so special are the romantic scenes. The author beautifully describes every facet of falling in love including emotional, physical, and spiritual with intricate detail. The reader gets to experience every sensation. So well done. If you're looking for an escape to historical Scotland, pick up MacIan's Gift. If you love historical Scottish romance, you've got to read MacIan's Gift. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Terry Graham has been imagining love stories since she began playing with Barbie and Ken. In high school, she read Barbara Cartland along with Dickens, Austen, Asimov and everything else she could get her hands on. After two careers, as a chemist and a computer programmer, she retired to try her hand at writing. Terry lives in upstate New York with her cat Amber. She's divorced with a grown son who makes it all worthwhile.
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