by Margaret Mallory
Lily’s well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship, intending to return after Christmas celebrations calm the city’s witch fever. But when Lily lands in the wilds of Scotland, her skills for surviving in the city can’t save her.
Roderick MacDonald is on a secret mission for his chieftain when he finds a lass near death on a barren hillside and is forced to take her with him. Though this mysterious Sassenach may have The Gift his clan needs—and he burns with passion for her—he’s determined to resist the enchantment she weaves on his scarred heart.
When love blooms amidst the harsh winter beauty of the Highlands, will these two obstinate souls from different worlds accept the Yuletide gift?
What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
Sullivan met Margaret Mallory at the Love Letters Convention in Berlin and got me this novella as he thought I might enjoy Mallory's writing.
This is a nice read.
As it is a novella the attraction and romance move fast, but not unbelievably so. I liked both Roderick and Lily, although at one time during the story I thought everyone, including Roderick, was being very unfair towards how Lily is feeling. But this being a novella there's not a lot of room to work with storywise, so I decided to not hold it against Roderick too long.
The ending was a bit rushed in my opinion. I'd have loved another more intimate scene between hero and heroine before being ushered to the Happily Ever After epilogue.
Overall this is an enjoyable novella though, and I think I'll investigate what other books Mallory has written.
Why should you read it:
It's a nice historical romance.
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