The Lost Laird from Her Past
A second chance…With her first love!
Lady Brenna Stewart is grateful to be saved from her burning carriage—only her rescuer is Laird Garrick MacLean, the man she once loved and lost! He seems determined to protect her from the unknown enemy pursuing her across the Scottish Highlands. But, bitterly hurt by his past betrayal, she needs answers. Why did he abandon her? And how can she keep her heart safe now, when the connection between them is as strong as ever…
Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a VIVIAN® and Golden Heart® Finalist as well as a Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers.
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Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Stewart Siblings, #2
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Once upon a time Garrick MacLean, Laird of Westmoreland, and Brenna Stewart were in love and while no formal agreement had been made, it was no secret that they hoped to one day marry. But all that changed when Garrick got the news that his sister Ayleen was in danger and he rushed off to save her.
Brenna stayed true to Garrick even though a year had passed with no word from him. But things in the highlands were changing and the English king was coming down hard on the clans, fearing for his family, Brenna’s father, Bran Stewart made a deal with an Englishman named Stephen Winters. A deal that included marriage to Brenna. With all hope of a reunion with Garrick gone, Brenna decides to agree to her father’s arranged marriage, thinking that if she can’t have her true love, at least she will be helping her clan and pleasing her father.
After the loss of his sister, a death that Garrick blames on himself, he feels unworthy of his title of Laird and unable to marry Brenna, fearing he will fail to protect her as he did his sister. He purposely waited to return, hoping she would have believed him dead and married another. But it is clear fate has other plans for him, because, on his way to his home, he finds a carriage wreck, and inside is none other than his lost love, Brenna. He rescues her from the carriage, just before it goes over a cliff. He tends her wounds and plans to take her to his home, but learns that while he was away, his family was killed and his lands seized. He is even more sure he is unworthy of love. But when it becomes clear that the attack was not a simple robbery – someone is trying to kill Brenna, he will do anything to keep her safe, even though she can never be his.
This was a well-written, fast-moving story, but it was a bit of an angsty read. The book is filled with lots of action, some loss, heartache, angst, a bit of intrigue, a well-done “whodunit” complete with a satisfying villain comeuppance, and finally a hard-earned HEA. The book was good, but I did find Garrick a bit tiresome, I felt that his guilt dragged on too long and I was also annoyed that he stayed away hoping she would be married when he returned, yet when he finds out she is betrothed, he is upset that she didn’t wait for him. Overall, it was a good read and one I would recommend.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*