Series: A Highland Feuding,#5
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Tracy’s rating: 3.5/4 of 5 stars
3.5 stars rounded up
At the tender age of 16, Anna MacKenzie meets and falls in love with Malcolm Cameron, heir to the chieftain of the Cameron clan. They meet in secret and promises are made. When Anna’s mother, the healer known as the Witch of Caig Falls learns of their relationship and realizes Anna is pregnant, moves them away to her family. Anna has a son and learns that Malcolm was killed, she vows to herself that his son will one day return to Cameron lands and claim his rightful place.
Thirteen years later, Anna is back with her son Iain, her mother has passed and Anna is an accomplished healer. She returns to the cottage she once shared with her mother. She is still working out her plan to integrate into the clan when she meets Davidh Cameron. Davidh is the commander of the Cameron warriors and a widower with a young son and was Malcolm’s closest friend. His son is the reason he seeks out Anna, Colm is ill and possibly dying. He asks Anna to see if she can help him.
Anna keeps Iain a secret, she needs to gain permission from the chieftain to stay and doesn’t want to introduce him until she is sure she can implement her plans for him. She treats Colm and Davidh gets her an audience with Robert Cameron, Malcolm’s uncle and the new chieftain. The clan has had some hard times since the death of Malcolm’s father and Robert seems to be a good leader who cares for the clan. Anna feels a little guilt for deceiving everyone, but truly believes her son is the rightful heir to the clan.
She cares for Colm and he seems to improve. When Colm is almost killed and saved by Anna and Iain, Davidh learns about her son. Davidh is attracted to Anna in a way that he hasn’t been to any woman since he married his wife. He isn’t sure what he wants from her, but he knows he doesn’t want to lose her. He invites Anna and Iain to live in his house – so she can be closer to Colm and so Iain (who Davidh recognizes as a Cameron) can get to know his kin. Anna agrees and still plans to have Iain declared the rightful heir. But things begin to change between Anna and Davidh and the secrets she has kept could destroy the love that they have found.
I thought this was a good story, it was interesting and well paced. There is a little action, a lot of secrets, jealousy, betrayal and some steamy-ish love scenes. This is the fifth book in the series, but I had no problem following the story as a stand alone title. I would be happy to recommend the book and will hopefully have time to go back and read the previous books.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review of an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*