On Hist Fic Saturday
Let's go back to...Scotland, 1720
1 December 2020
Lairds of Ardvarrick #1
My thanks to the author for my e-copy of this book
A Scottish beauty
Lures the Laird to sin!
Exchanging elegant society balls for clan wars, Logan Rathmore has returned to Scotland as the new Laird of Ardvarrick. Peace is within grasp when he meets musician Ailsa McInnis from a rival clan. Her stubborn pride and innocence fascinate him—but with her now under his protection, he must do nothing to abuse her trust. The fragile peace is dependent on his being able to resist the forbidden temptation she presents…
It's no secret that I have a weakness for Scottish highland romances so to have a proposed new series written by one of my favourite historical fiction writers has been a real treat. Setting the story in eighteenth century Scotland is a bit of a departure for Sarah Mallory whose usual Regency romances tend to take place in the salons and high society of Georgian London.
Logan Rathmore is newly arrived in Scotland to take up his role as the new Laird of Ardvarrick, however, his arrival in the highlands causes something of a stir especially with the clan at Contullach, who are not only his nearest neighbours but also his deadly enemies. Logan is determined to heal any rift between them but when he catches the eye of the beautiful harpist of Contullach, resentment flares and deadly jealousies start to fester.
Throughout the story there's a real sense of history, and the author has done a skilful job of recreating eighteenth century Scotland. The dangers which are so often associated with clan rivalry are well explored and yet at its heart is a beautiful love story which the author brings to life with all the passion and lively dalliance which we have come to expect from her fine writing.
The natural beauty of the Scottish highlands is allowed its moment in the spotlight and compliments the burgeoning romance between the handsome young Laird and the talented harpist. However, the story is not all hearts and heather, there are some pretty dark moments ahead for this young couple and the hint of danger definitely adds a deeper dimension to the plot.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this first visit to the Lairds of Ardvarrick and hope to see the story progress in future visits to the beautiful Scottish highlands.
About the Author
Sarah Mallory was born in the West Country and grew up with a love of books and history. She has had over 40 historical novels published and won the Rona Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists Association in 2012 and 2013.