Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Highlander for the Holidays - 8th in the Pine Creek Highlander series
Author: Janet Chapman
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements
Year/Setting: Present day, Tar Stone Mountain Resort/Pine Creek Maine
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: None (Off scene)
Janet's Website/Blog: www.janetchapman.com
Paralyzing fear, pain, and flashbacks have been her constant companion for four years now, ever since she’d been horrifically attacked. Jessie Pringle has had enough of being a victim, though. It’s time to rebuild her life and that means a fresh start two thousand miles from Atlanta.
Jessie is immediately drawn to Ian MacKeage upon meeting him, however, the fear of exposing her scars and disfigurement to anyone, especially a man such as Ian, overpowers any ember of desire that may have flamed deep within her.
Sometimes Ian feels as if he, his family (clan) straddles the 21st century along with one long past. His feelings and thoughts about his ‘place’ in the clan are conflicting. He’s side-stepped the issue until now. Until meeting Jessie. She has a powerful pull on him. So much so that his chest aches. He wants to protect her, but that’s not all he wants. He wants her. Mind, body, and heart. First he needs her to see that she can trust him. Completely. It may also mean an irrevocable change for Ian.
As Roger, an old and odd hermit who barters peculiar things and knows way too much about Jessie’s life, gives her a ‘powerful’ walking stick, he tells her she has until the winter solstice to give and receive a miracle. Crazy old coot! What does he mean by that?
Jessie soon learns that most of Roger's comments and instructions are obscure but maybe he’s not so crazy after all. Jessie notices a healing has begun. Sadly, it’s darkest before the dawn and Jessie will somehow have to face her demons before she can fully, emotionally heal.
I feel as if I’ve been somewhat cryptic in summing up the plot for you. To be more thorough would be unfair as there is a wealth of heartache and joy for the reader to discover with each turn of the page.
I can’t tell you in a few simple words how perfectly Jessie and Ian’s hearts come to a blending. Their interaction is by turns fun and moving. The setting is peaceful yet refreshing.
This was my first Janet Chapman read (Geez…I know! Right?), but it definitely won’t be my last. Ms. Chapman surely knows how to tell a story that touches one to the core. With her Highlander series she makes magic happen!
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