The third novel in Amanda Scott’s bestselling Highland series introduces an unforgettable Scottish beauty caught between two men vying for her hand
Most Highlanders fear Black Duncan Campbell. Mary Maclaine isn’t intimidated, but she blames him for the death of his brother Ian, her first love. When Ewan, Lord MacCrichton tries to strong-arm Mary into marriage, he unknowingly forces Mary to seek aid from the man she vowed to hate forever.
The only way Duncan can convince Mary of his innocence is to find his brother’s real killers. But now she faces grave danger… unless Duncan can stop MacCrichton from exploiting her gift of Second Sight for his own avaricious ends. Resisting the desire that Mary arouses poses an even greater risk to Duncan. To win her trust, he has to show her that the most priceless treasure of all is the love they can find only in each other’s arms.
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After reading Highland Fling and Highland Secrets, I knew I’d want to read Highland Treasure but was concerned about what I’d think. Luckily, I really enjoyed this sweet historical romance.
What I liked: Highland Treasure is a terrific book!
I really liked Mary. She’s a strong character who is generally peaceful and very loving. She was fun to get to know and watch fall in love. Her part as the victim of suspense was very well done.
Even though I had concerns about whether I’d like Duncan and his parents, I really ended up liking all of them. In Highland Fling I really didn’t like any of them. They just weren’t nice people. Learning more about them and seeing their growth really changed that. I can’t wait to visit them again!
I’ll absolutely read Highland Treasure again!
What I didn’t like: Honestly, the only thing I didn’t enjoy was that I couldn’t remember the previous books in the series well and was getting them confused with other books so there were some confusing moments during the first few chapters until I got previous events straight in my head.
Note: Mary is threatened with rape several times throughout Highland Treasure and has memories of the rape and torture of her sister. All are mentioned but not dwelled upon or elaborated upon.
|Source:||I purchased Highland Treasure on December 2, 2013 when it was on sale for $2|
|Publisher & Date:||March 26th 2013 by Open Road Media Romance (first published June 1st 1998)|
|Genre:||Historical Romance, Suspense|
|ISBN:||1480406872 (ISBN13: 9781480406872)|
|Steam:||Adult | Just one or two consummation scenes.|
|Setting:||The Scottish Highlands, November 1753|
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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