October 20, 2019

#BookReview: Highland Jewel (Royal Highlander #2) by @maymcgoldrick @StMartinsPress

Synopsis: The next book in the new lush Scottish historical series from USA Today bestselling author, May McGoldrick.

Maisie Murray is the picture of docility, quiet and compliant in the eyes of her family. To her activist friends, however, she's a fearless crusader for women's rights. In the wake of the Peterloo Massacre, Maisie and a friend found the Edinburgh Female Reform Society, and she carries the banner for universal suffrage.

Niall Campbell, a hero of the wars, a decorated officer of the Royal Highland Regiment, is battle weary and searching for stability in his life. A fierce warrior by training and a poet at heart, Niall walks away from the shining career that lies ahead of him, to the dismay of his superiors. In saving his sister when a protest turns violent, he meets Maisie. Their relationship begins as one of experience versus idealism, of scars versus hope. Soon, however, he finds in Maisie the heart he longs for.

When Niall's sister is arrested and disappears, he quickly realizes his life is not his own, for the British authorities have a mission for him to accomplish in exchange for his sister's freedom. Overnight, Maisie loses Niall, her friend, and her home. And the wake of the riots that sweep through the cities of Scotland, Maisie's own sister Isabella is branded a traitor to the crown, and the family must flee to the Highlands. Here in the heart of the Highlands, Maisie runs into Niall again. He has a new name and carries a message of hope―but Niall has a task to complete―and their future rests on their ability to overcome the forces that divide them, or―for the future of Scotland―she must stop the man who owns her heart.

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About the Author: USA Today bestselling authors Nikoo and Jim wrote their first MAY MCGOLDRICK romance using historical figures that Jim researched while earning a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, is a born storyteller. She is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Together, they have crafted over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical and contemporary novels and two works of nonfiction under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: Although I did not read book one of this series I still really loved it!  The story about family loyalties as well as fighting for what's right was great experience and journey.  The characters all shine through the story with strong beliefs and knowing what they want to do.  The story is full of history, danger, and romance.  

If you are like me and you didn't read book one.  You will end up not knowing a lot of the connections that happened in the first installment.  However, it is still a great read!  I will be going back to read book one soon. 

Overall, this is a story where true history collides with fiction to give us this masterful journey! 

"Fast-paced and filled with political unrest ... Fans of romances with mystery, accurate historical intrigue, and magnetic characters will thoroughly enjoy this installment." - Publishers Weekly
"Complicated and enthralling...Highland Jewel has characters who engage the readers’ hopes and dreams for a well-deserved, if sometimes rocky, journey to happy-ever-after." - Romance Junkies
"Readers will enjoy Highland Jewel and its intrigue and romance ... Beautifully written, as usual, the McGoldricks are masters of history and romance." - Romance Reviews Today

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