The Highlander’s Christmas Lassie by Anna Campbell
Tracy’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Series: Have Yourself a Merry Little Scandal Anthology
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Malcolm Innes, Laird of Dun Carron, is traveling to the town of Muirburgh in December because Fergus Mackinnon, Laird of Achnasheen told him that he might find what he has spent the last 18 years looking for – his son! But when he finally makes it to the farmhouse, he finds much more than he was hoping for – not only is his son alive and well but so is the woman he has never stopped loving, even after he was told she was dead! But rather than be thrilled to be united with her love, Rhona Macleod is angry and tells him to leave. Stunned that she is alive, he agrees to go, but he will be back. He prepares to go when his son Patrick intervenes and tells him that he can stay in the barn and that he will try to talk to his mother.
Rhona is furious, how dare Malcolm show up and pretend to be happy to see her? He is the reason she was sent away from Dun Carron! When she calms a bit, she brings a meal out to the barn and they talk. Soon it becomes clear, they were both betrayed that day and she is amazed to learn that he has never married and has spent the last 18 years looking for Patrick because he was told that Rhona was dead. But even with this revelation, Rhona is not convinced that this is the miracle that Malcolm believes it is – 18 years is a long time and she is not the same girl he knew – can they pick up the pieces of their broken love and have a second chance at happiness?
I loved this story, it is part of the anthology “Have Yourself a Merry Little Scandal” that I can’t wait to finish reading! The story reminded me of the book Betrayed by Bertrice Small, however, this novella is definitely its own tale, but, if you liked that book – you will LOVE this novella. It is a well written, nicely paced story complete with a crushing betrayal that tears them apart, warm love scenes, revelations, surprises, a love that never died, a HEA and a sweet epilogue. This is story has a tie-in to the Lairds Most Likely series, but it is definitely a standalone title. This novella is part of an anthology, but even if it is the only story you read in the collection – it is worth the money you paid for this story alone!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me.*