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THE HIGHLAND GROOM
SARAH GABRIEL
ISBN# (10): 0-06-123497-4 / (13): 978-0-06-123497-2
December 30, 2008
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Dougal MacGregor, laird of Kinloch, wants to be a fine man one day to watch over the people of Glen Kinloch. As much as he desires to be a smuggler, his father is adamant about him being honest and getting an education.

Fiona MacCarran is a teacher and was told it would be safe for her to teach the children in the Glens. When she is given the opportunity to travel to the Highlands and teach, she sets her mind to find a wealthy Highlander, marry, and then claim her inheritance.

Dougal was always told by his father that education and personal wealth was the way to save Glen Kinloch and its people. When an untimely accident befalls his father, Dougal knows he is unable to live up to his father’s expectations, so chooses to become a smuggler. Fiona travels into the hills to teach, believing the Highlanders should understand and speak English. She is in search for an acceptable groom as well, to break her family’s terrible curse and be given her rightful inheritance. With not much time left, she stumbles upon Dougal, who believes the area is an unsafe place for her. Smuggling is a dangerous business, but being in the midst of Dougal, proves to be a bit dangerous to her heart. Can the fairies show Dougal and Fiona, even though they come from different backgrounds, that they belong together?

I love The Highland Groom and the conflict Olivia and Dougal face. The way they are a bit mismatched makes the story more engaging. There were many times I found myself carried away into the center of the action. Sarah Gabriel tells a fascinating story that transports the reader into another country and time, making it new and exciting. She keeps the pages turning at a good pace, with lovely visual descriptions that blend in well, making the story feel more convincing and believable. This enchanting read, with delightful dialogue and breathtaking beauty, mixed with a touch of smuggling sketched in, is well worth the read.

Cherokee
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