My Recent Release Review of
When a Laird Finds a Lass
by Lecia Cornwall
St. Martin’s Press /Swerve/Romance
Pub Date 01 Nov 2016
There’s an old Highland legend that says seals can come to shore, shed their skins and walk among human folk. If a man finds a selkie lass’s skin and hides it from her, he can keep her for his own. But if she discovers her skin, she’ll return to the sea forever…
Once upon a time, there was a lass who fell from a ship into the cold water of the sea on the way to her own wedding…
Malcolm MacDonald is a lawyer in Edinburgh when he unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, a place Malcolm has not seen since he left as a small child. He must face a clan in crisis that desperately needs a leader, but doesn’t trust the man they see as a Lowlander and an outsider. They’ve brought Malcolm to Dunbronach to make a magic wish, which according to an ancient legend, they believe will restore the clan to health and good fortune. They insist he must cast aside his English fiancee and marry a Highland lass, but there’s one rule—no MacLeods.
One day, while walking along the beach, Malcolm sees something in the water, and finds a young woman, half drowned and barely alive, and wearing a MacLeod plaid. To save her from the revenge of his clan, Malcolm hides the telltale garment.
When the lovely lass wakes, she cannot remember a thing, including her name. The fanciful MacDonalds decide she must be a selkie.
As new dangers threaten the MacDonalds of Dunbronach, the lass from the sea charms them, helps them, and teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird. And as he falls deeper and deeper under the spell of the lovely lass from the sea, he keeps the one secret that could destroy them both—her connection to the terrible, barbaric, enemy MacLeods.
When the secret comes out, and she finds her plaid and remembers who she is, Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.
She is his greatest enemy and his only salvation.
Malcolm MacDonald, a lawyer in Edinburgh, unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, forcing him to return to a place he hasn’t seen since he was a small child. To gain the trust of a wary clan, Malcolm must act upon their insistence that he cast aside his English betrothed and marry a Highlander.
However, they have one condition—no lasses of the barbaric clan MacLeod.
When he finds an unconscious woman in the sea, he brings her back to his clan but not before doing the one thing that could save her life—hiding her all too telling MacLeod plaid. When she wakes with no memory of who she is, Malcolm vows to keep the little he knows about her identity a secret. As new dangers threaten his clan, the mysterious lass teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird.
But secrets never stay secret for long, and when she finds her plaid, her memory returns and she flees. Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.
About The Author:
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate lab, and one very patient husband. She’s hard at work on her next book. Come visit Lecia at www.leciacornwall.com, or drop her a line at email@example.com.
NEWS! July 27, 2012: SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS, Lecia’s debut novel, has been honored with the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book of 2011!
NEWS! November 15, 2012: HOW TO DECEIVE A DUKE named an RT Book Review Magazine 4 1/2 star TOP PICK!
This book like the first one of this series by this author has the ability to frighten off most readers. It has too many chapters. Although most of them are very short, if you look at it and see 68 chapters you don’t know that many of them are only 2 – 5 pages long.In this reader’s opinion some of them could be combined into single chapters cutting down on this daunting factor.
Now to get down to story and characters.
This story is a very good one that focuses mildly on the myth of the selkie. In mythology a selkie is a seal that sheds it’s skin to become a woman. Many Scottish people believed in the folk tale so when this lass was found on the beach with no memory that is what some of the clans folk believed was her origin.
The characters and the storyline in this book are well developed. I recommend the read. Do not be frightened off when you see sixty eight chapters. They are not lengthy.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating for storyline and characterization and a heat rating of 2 flames. It is a very well written book with minimum sexual content.
I received a complimentary digital ARC from the publisher to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion.
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