She will never yield—not to the English king, nor to Rory Campbell, the seductive man who saved her but remains her sworn enemy.
With her imprisoned mother’s liberty at stake, Jacobite sympathizer Diana Maclean steals into the dungeon of Edinburgh Castle and pulls off an audacious switch. But her bold escapade comes at a price. With her own freedom now hanging in the balance, Diana is unexpectedly rescued by the mysterious Lord Calder. She’s instantly drawn to her kind savior, unaware that he is Rory Campbell, of the Campbell clan—her family’s most treacherous enemy.
The youngest baron of the Scottish Court of Exchequer, Rory manages the Highland estates that were forfeited to the Crown. But the bonny lass he just liberated haunts him. As Scotland prepares for another uprising, their paths cross again. Rory finds himself yearning for Diana, and hoping to protect her family, too. Can they change the course of Scottish history by rising up against a legacy of hate . . . even as they surrender to glorious, liberating love?
Eh. Make no mistake. I love Amanda Scott and her books, but Highland Secrets isn’t one of her best. I enjoyed it and will probably read it again, but it did take quite some time for me to get into the rhythm of Highland Secrets.
I really liked Rory but I didn’t love DIana. I’m not one for blind faith and Diana tends to assume people are right, or wrong, because of their clan before even knowing the facts. Yes, I’m aware that’s an extrememly accurate view of how things were done, and how many people are today, BUT it’s still frustrating to watch.
However, Highland Secrets does have some great characters and I really enjoyed the plot.
|Source:||I purchased this for Amazon Kindle on December 2, 2013|
|Steam:||Adult | None except for a couple paragraphs of consummation at the end.|
As a child, Amanda Scott was a model for O’Connor Moffatt in San Francisco (now Macy’s). She was also a Sputnik child, one of those selected after the satellite went up for one of California’s first programs for gifted children. She remained in that program through high school. After graduate school, she taught for the Salinas City School District for three years before marrying her husband, who was then a captain in the Air Force. They lived in Honolulu for a year, then in Papillion, Nebraska, for seven. Their son was born in Nebraska. They have lived in northern California since 1980.
Scott grew up in a family of lawyers, and is descended from a long line of them. Her father was a three-term District Attorney of Monterey County before his death in 1955 at age 36. Her grandfather was City Attorney of Salinas for 36 years after serving two terms as District Attorney, and two of her ancestors were State Supreme Court Justices (one in Missouri, the other the first Supreme Court Justice for the State of Arkansas). One brother, having carried on the Scott tradition in the Monterey County DA’s office, is now a judge. The other is an electrician in Knoxville, TN, and her sister is a teacher in the Sacramento area.
The women of Amanda Scott’s family have been no less successful than the men. Her mother was a child actress known as Baby Lowell, who performed all over the west coast and in Hollywood movies, and then was a dancer with the San Francisco Opera Ballet until her marriage. Her mother’s sister, Loretta Lowell, was also a child actress. She performed in the Our Gang comedies and in several Loretta Young movies before becoming one of the first women in the US Air Force. Scott’s paternal grandmother was active in local and State politics and served as president of the California State PTA, and her maternal grandmother was a teacher (and stage mother) before working for Monterey County. The place of women in Scott’s family has always been a strong one. Though they married strong men, the women have, for generations, been well educated and encouraged to succeed at whatever they chose to do.
Amanda Scott’s first book was OMAHA CITY ARCHITECTURE, a coffee-table photo essay on the historical architecture of Omaha, written for Landmarks, Inc. under her married name as a Junior League project. Others took the photos; she did the research and wrote the text on an old Smith-Corona portable electric. She sold her first novel, THE FUGITIVE HEIRESS—likewise written on the battered Smith-Corona in 1980. Since then, she has sold many more books, but since the second one she has used a word processor and computer. Twenty-five of her novels are set in the English Regency period (1810-1820). Others are set in 15th-century England and 14th- through 18th-century Scotland, and three are contemporary romances. Many of her titles are currently available at bookstores and online.
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