Scottish War For Independence Trilogy, Book One
A Highlander Obsessed
While the Scottish War for Independence rages, a young Laird heads to the Scottish-English border to avenge his father's vicious murder. The time for retribution has arrived. Rage tightly controlled, Grant Drummond presses forward toward the magnificent Norman-style manor to take its inhabitants by surprise.
A Woman Defiant
Victoria Blackstone tensed with a sense of foreboding. Her stomach knotted as she surveyed the large men surrounding her. Instinct warned her to escape. Her movements gave Grant Pause. As his grey eyes surveyed the woman fate just delivered into his hands, he smiledfirst time since hearing the terrible news about his father's death.
Passion flares, but can love survive?
After kidnapping his enemy's daughter, Grant whisks Victoria away to Castle Drummond and there holds her hostage. They wage their own warof strong wills and growing emotions. As the brutal strife intensifies between their countries, the lovers seek fleeting happiness in each other's arms. Torn by their differences, and with such enormous odds stacked against them, can Grant and Victoria's love survive?
Or is theirs a love to last through the ages?
"England and Scotland Unite!" - 1296
Both of their lives are about to change as they wed and must adjust to their passion and overcome their painful distrust fashioned from years of historical animosity.
Misunderstandings frequently fraught their relationship such as the secrets Grant hides and will not tell her, which causes tremendous and unnecessary sorrow. More than one character is living with a history of being unwanted, and this novel goes a long way to depicting the healing that can occur, at the same time that Grant is joining William Wallace in the fight for Scottish freedom. Irony indeed that laces the history of England and Scotland.
Very nicely done, Leanne Burroughs!
Viviane Crystal, The Best Reviews
Wonderful Medieval Debut Novel
Highland Wishes is a first time Historical Romance by a new writer Leanne Burroughs. What hits the reader immediately is her true love for the romance of the period. As a Scot and someone who has dealt with the history of the country a big chunk of my life, it takes a lot to impress me. Burroughs does. First off she knows who Andrew de Moray is - big points for that, lass! Burroughs has written a wonderful Scottish Medieval full of heart and adventure.
It's set in the period just before the rising of William Wallace. Her tale uses the Scottish struggle for independence against Edward Longshanks, Edward I of England.
Burroughs has done a thorough job researching the book in an effort to tell a story that is strong, memorable. She shows promise of being a very delightful writer of this genre. Her next book Her Highland Rogue is in the works, so I am sure everyone will be looking forward to another heartfelt saga from this wonderful writer.
Deborah MacGillivray, The Best Reviews
Highland Wishes is every reader's dream of the perfect story! Author Leanne Burroughs has penned a majestic tale filled with romance, history and adventure.
Set against the background of the Scottish War for Independence against England, a young laird avenges his father's brutal death and kidnaps his enemy's daughter. He takes her back to his castle in the Scottish Highlands, where they both learn a lot about love, forgiveness, and trust.
Wonderfully written, with vibrant characters, this story is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Readers will be impressed with the amount of research the author has done. She has creatively mixed actual people with fictitious ones, thereby allowing the reader to enter into this momentous period of history. The anguish and adventure of this war becomes very real, as it provides the reasoning behind the characters' words and actions.
This reviewer especially enjoyed the Scottish words and phrases, which will cause readers to "hear" this Gaelic lilt in their minds. The stubbornness and superstitions of these people are told with a touch of humor and wonder.
It was a brilliant stroke to bring together a Scotsman and an Englishwoman during this time of war. Readers will come to a fuller understanding of their differences, and hope they can be overcome through love. Grant Drummond is the epitome of a hero, while the plight of Victoria Blackstone will tenderly touch readers' hearts.
It's this reviewer's opinion that the author truly enjoys writing and pleasing her audience.
Readers will also be delighted to learn that a sequel, Her Highland Rogue, is planned.
Highland Wishes will fulfill the reading desires of all lovers of historical fiction!
- Joyce Handzo, In The Library Reviews
These two main characters are the focal point of the book and their love story drives the plotline. They are ably assisted by the many secondary characters who appear within the pages. The backdrop of Scotland and her inhabitants appear throughout this book and the author imparts her knowledge to the reader.
This story feels like an honest portrayal. The violence and hatred between the Scots and English is vivid. The reader can feel the deep emotions simmering below the surface. The author has shown throughout this book the depth of research she must have done. The author uses apt descriptions of people, places and language to pull the reader into the story. Ultimately, it is the characters that keep the reader turning the pages. Highland Wishes is a great Scottish historical romance with memorable characters. This is the first book this reader has read by this author and I hope it won't be the last. We look forward to Ms. Burrough's next book, the sequel to Highland Wishes Her Highland Rogue.
Susan, Fallen Angel Reviews
When Scotland is in the middle of their war of independence, a young laird kidnaps his sworn enemy's daughter to avenge his father's death. Despised by her father, Victoria loathes the man she is told to marry, but fate steps in. Being kidnapped by Grant, she ends up finding the love she gave up on. Grant finds that Victoria isn't like anyone he has ever met, and he finds the other half of his soul. These two remarkable people find love and happiness in the middle of war, and find that by overcoming their fears, torments and sorrows, they can claim their love for all time.
This reviewer found that this book was a wonderful story set in a time when tension was high between England and Scotland. She writes a well-crafted story, with multidimensional characters and exquisite backdrops of Scotland. The storyline is a fast-paced tale with much detail to specific areas of history. The reader can feel this author's love for Scotland and its many wonderful heroes.
The characters connect immediately and don't stop until the end. At the end of the book, the reader wonders what happens next. The interplay between characters was smoothly done and helped the story along. It was a very smoothly told story. This reviewer was easily captivated by the story and was enthralled by it until the end. The reader will laugh and cry as you read this wonderful story. The reader feels all the pain, torment and disillusionment felt by both main characters, but also the joy and love they felt. Ms. Burroughs has crafted a well-researched story that gives a glimpse into Scotland during a time when there was upheaval and war for independence. This reviewer is anxiously awaiting her next novel in this series HER HIGHLAND ROGUE - and commends her for a wonderful job done.
Dawn Roberto, Love Romances
The year is 1296. Grant Drummond has just become the new Laird to Clan Drummond following the brutal death of his father. Grant knows one thing; he will avenge his father's death. He and his clansmen head to Blackstone Manor to exact their revenge.
HIGHLAND WISHES is a meaty, Scottish historical romance. Topping 650 pages, it is obvious that Leanne Burroughs has painstakingly researched her setting. This is not a quick read. Instead, the author transports you to a new place, a new time, and holds your attention from beginning to end. Despite its length, I found my attentions wandering back to it. I ended up forgetting about more pressing needs. Instead, I curled up with one goal - to find out what happened in the end.
Tracy Farnsworth, Roundtable Reviews
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is one book that cannot be put down once you begin. From cover to cover, you are drawn into the story. Through the laughter and the tears, you will finish this book wishing it would not end. Leanne Burroughs has truly written a wonderful Scottish historical and the research that must have gone into this book is just wonderful. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read Historical romance. If I were going to compare this author and book to anyone, it would have to be Julie Garwood and her Scottish historical romances.
Tangela William, The Romance Readers Connection
The author conveys easily her love for Scotland throughout this book and weaves an interesting story of a woman who attracts trouble and the man trying to protect her from herself. I found it an enjoyable read. The plotting is well done, and while the story seems familiar, to lovers of Scottish romance, this offers a pleasant interlude. Ms. Burroughs shows strong writing skills in this, her debut novel, and shows promise of good things to come.
Karla Lang, The Road to Romance
England and Scotland, March 1296
The tide slowly turns and Tory is no longer the captive, but the captor of Grant's heart. Can the two ever overcome the differences between their countries, and the darkness of Tory's past, which seems to rear its ugly head at the most inopportune moments?
Well written, HIGHLAND WISHES had me turning each page anticipating what would happen next. Tory is a vulnerable, sweet heroine, haunted by the insecurities and abuse of her past, but with an inner strength that leaks out whenever she is backed into a corner. Grant is a great hero, determined to prove his love to Tory; without actually admitting it, he does everything in his power to prove her worth to him.
I do have to say that the dialogue was the best I have ever seen in regards to the Scottish words and pronunciation. It was refreshing to actually read words as they are truly spoken in Scotland, and in my own family's homes. Secondary characters are true to the Scottish form in their hatred of the English . . . even to this day, if my uncle is anything to go by. I enjoyed the visits by William Wallace, and his open distrust of Tory is, I imagine, exactly how he would have reacted.
For a really good Scottish story with secrets, love, insecurities, evil, battles, and laughter, HIGHLAND WISHES fills the bill. Kudos to Ms. Burroughs for a true to form read that kept me entertained and wanting more. I look forward to her sequel, HIGHLAND DREAMS.
Catherine McHenry, Romance Reviews Today
As if she sensed his thoughts, Victoria folded her arms across her chest to shield herself from view, but the motion only pushed the curves of her breasts to greater prominence. He thought it odd she didn't turn her back in an attempt to cover her nudity, but sat fully facing him.
Her eyes searched for a cover when she set the ragged clothes aside. "Might I have a fur?" she questioned tremulously, unable to conceal her terror. Her face ashen with fear, her voice cracked and she fought back tears.
Grant made a supreme effort to tear his eyes from the luscious curve of her breasts. He didn't fancy the thought this wee slip of a girl could affect him so deeply. But affect him she didclear to his loins. Regardless of what he'd told her earlier, he wanted her so much his body shook. He took a deep breath to steady his turbulent emotions.
"Nay," he retorted icily, trying to break the spell he felt she'd cast over him. "You are a prisoner. You belong to me. Now lie down and quit yammering."
He fisted his hands by his sides and tried to talk over the lump growing in his throat as his eyes slid over her curvaceous body. Actually, it wasn't merely the lump in his throat that had his body in misery right now, since it hadn't been the only thing that had grown while looking at her. He feared sleep would be impossible this night after all.
Victoria shivered. Though pleasantly warm during the day, Highland nights grew cold quickly. She wished she'd had a bath after her long journey, but considering no one bothered to offer her food, she assumed she'd get nowhere asking for a bath.
She wouldn't sleep. Not with him in the room. He was as naked as she. She'd seen himall of himbefore casting her eyes downward. She made the conscious decision not to sleep as long as he stayed in the same room, and certainly not while he remained naked!
But he said he didn't want her.