When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall
Overview by Publisher:
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.
This story gives equal time to the hero and the heroine. Malcolm’s life is turned upside down by the death of his estranged father, the Laird of the MacDonald clan. He must leave his life as a lawyer and lowlander and return to the Highlands to fulfill his father’s wishes.
Malcolm is the ultimate outlander. He doesn’t understand the superstitions and culture of the clan. He vacillates between the clan is backward and unrealistic to understanding the mystic roots the Scots believe in. He also has civil war on his hands. The clan elders are unsure that he can fulfill the role of Laird. He doesn’t wear a kilt, swing a broadsword or know their history. Malcolm has to decide what he wants and what is best for a clan struggling to rebuild after an illness wept through and decimated their numbers.
One thing Malcolm doesn’t understand is the Highland feuds. His clan is mortal enemies with the MacLeods. There is no Highland hospitality between the two clans – just instant war and death. So when Malcolm finds a woman washed on the beach, wrapped in a MacLeod tartan, he doesn’t think to help her. Only later, he worries about harbouring the ‘enemy’ from his clan, but for the reason he doesn’t know what they will do with the sick young woman.
Ronat, the woman Malcolm found, has lost her memory. She has no idea who she is or what happened to her. While frightened, she finds sanctuary and peace with the surviving MacDonald’s. When the situation for the MacDonald’s takes a turn, she must pretend to be Malcolm’s wife. She assists him in learning the Highland ways and supports him. They start to build a relationship. Ronat still doesn’t remember who she is, therefore her inhibitions are loosened. She wants Malcolm. She doesn’t know if there is a husband or children waiting for her to come home, but she just knows that she needs and longs for Malcolm’s touch. It’s the ultimate forbidden fruit for Malcolm – she may belong to another man, but she definitely belongs to the enemy clan.
This story is perfect for those who love historical romance books that feature Scotland. It’s actually perfect for Outlander fans as the superstitions and clan feuds are front and present in the story. I adored the evolution of Malcolm, from lawyer to Highland Laird. Ronat was such a great element to the book. She brings the mysticism to the reader. Scotland is a place where magical events seem possible. Clan politics are front and centre and lead to some very dramatic and tense moments.
If you are a fan of Scottish based historical romance novels, you need to read this book! It’s the quintessential adventure featuring romance, clans and superstitions.