Campbell’s Redemption (A Highland Pride Novel) by Sharon Cullen
Overview by Publisher:
With Cait Campbell hiding Scottish fugitives from the British crown, who should arrive wearing his English-style coat but Iain Campbell, the traitorous clan leader and the man responsible for her husband’s death. Iain seeks a healer for his fallen kinsman, and out of a sense of duty Cait is obliged to help. Her uncanny ability to read people is powerless against his dark, impassive gaze, yet Iain is kind in a way that moves her.
In Cait’s company, Iain is overcome by painful memories of his best friend, her husband, who died protecting him. But grief shows weakness—a luxury he cannot permit, because Iain is playing a dangerous game with the British army. One small misstep and he could be branded a traitor or executed as a spy. But even with political tensions mounting to a fever pitch, Iain can’t get Cait out of his mind. What he doesn’t know is that Cait is playing a deep and deadly game of her own, and their love could put everything—even Scotland itself—in peril.
If you know history, you will find this book hard to read. It is set in the immediate years after Culloden and the beginning of the atrocities the English brought to the Scots (not for the first time). For many Outlander fans, this is the time when Jamie Fraser was hiding in a cave to avoid the redcoats that overrun Scotland and destroyed the Scottish way of live in the Highlands. The author was so adept at portraying the fear and anger the Scots had to the invasion of the English. The English soldiers had carte blanche to treat the Scots however they wanted. They drove men and women from their land, they raped women, they killed and beat Scots and the worst part was that Scots were not allowed to fight back, protest or protect themselves. This despair was very evident in the story.
However, when there is great travesty happening, there are people who work to fight. The plot of this story is how Jamie and Cait, albeit separately, work to fight submission to the English. Jamie is a Lord and Laird, who plays both sides in order to help the Scottish people. His position makes him unpopular with other Scots and also unable to really help stop what the English are doing. Cait has teamed up with Sunderland (featured in a previous book) to be part of the underground railroad for disaffected Scots fleeing to Canada. Both are playing dangerous games.
Cait has lost her daughter and husband. She has basically lost everyone she loved, so she has shut herself away in a tiny home on the edge of Campbell land. She is a healer, sought by both the English and the Scots. Cait was a really interesting study of grief and how it impacts the psyche of a person. I honestly don’t know if I would have had the fortitude that she had to keep going. She despises Jamie and blames him for the death of her husband, but it can’t stop the pull she feels towards him.
What works in the novel is how the characters react and deal with the situations they are in. They live in a mad world and how they seek to find some sense of normalcy and comfort makes them relatable. The development of the relationship between the two doesn’t seem fake or strained, it develops from a place of need. Even with the extraordinary times, they still struggle with many of the common challenges that most couples go through. The passion between the two was such a lovely reprieve from the dire situations they face.
If you are a fan of Scottish history or Outlander, this is definitely a book you should check out!