Beauty and the Highland Beast (A Highland Fairy Tale Novel) by Lecia Cornwall
Overview by Publisher:
Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Dair is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.
When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Dair’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.
Although Dair does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Dair let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?
Beauty and the Beast is such a classic tale. This story is a beautiful take on the fairy tale.
The Beast is a character that has gone through a profound change. In this case, Dair had the world at his feet. A pirate who has made his clan wealthy, he is the heir to the Sinclair clan. A horrific event has changed everything. His body is no longer one that women chase. His mind is broken and damaged. His night terrors shake the castle with their force. He truly has become a beast of a man.
His father is desperate to save his son. When an old midwife tells him that only a virgin can save him, he heads to the McLeods where there are twelve daughters to choose from. The one that catches his attention is Fia.
Fia is a sheltered and coddled young lass. She is very protected by her family because she has wounds and scars from her childhood. She has a kind and gentle nature and works to protect the wounded animals on McLean lands. No one expects much from Fia in her clan. They don’t see her as worthless, but rather as too fragile to be of real use.
Some of the most comedic moments in an otherwise serious story are from Bezelbub. This is Fia’s cat and he is a terror. Moments of brevity come courtesy of his behaviour and the men of clan Sinclair.
Dair is aware of the reason Fia has come to his lands. He is determined to never marry or even take over as Laird. He lives in his mad world and sees the terrible things that he witnessed over and over again. He mourns his men lost and his beautiful cousin. He doesn’t believe for a minute that Fia can heal him, but against his intentions, he can’t help be drawn to her. Her beautiful spirit calms his soul and she is able to reach him like no one else.
OF course there is drama in this story. Treachery and traitors abound this story making what could have been a simple story complex and unique. But at the heart is a lovely story about two wounded people who have found hope and love with each other. This is a lovely story!