I love a book filled with adventure, passion and humor—with a mandatory HEA, of
course. Add a medieval setting—preferably in the Highlands of Scotland—and I’ll
stay up way too late finishing the story!!
But I can only imagine how tough it must have been to actually live there in the
1450s: danger from brigands and other clans, blustery cold in the winter months,
the very real possibility of starvation, not to mention plague and pestilence.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, women and infants had a much higher mortality
rate during childbirth than they do now—some estimates are as high as 4% (and
that sounds conservative to me).
So Highlanders had to be a hearty bunch to survive, which got me thinking…what
are some of the essentials all Highlanders need to not only survive, but to
thrive? Here are my top five!
Did I miss anything? Tell me what you think is the most important thing a
Sons of Gregor
A betrothal. A betrayal. A love threatened by
Laird Callum MacLean vowed to marry Maggie MacDonnell.
But when his father's apparent suicide makes him Laird of his clan, Callum must
unmask his father's killer before bringing Maggie into his dangerous new home.
Maggie's home isn't any safer. When Callum fails to return, Maggie does what
any resourceful Highland lass would do. She escapes—and finds herself toe-to-toe
with Callum, who's determined to fulfill his promise. Maggie can't bring herself
to trust him with her heart again. But with a traitor still at large, they must
rely on each other in every way, or their clans—and their love—will be
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Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer
of contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and
cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in
theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the West Coast of
Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her Prop Master
She and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but
troublesome chocolate lab puppy named Jasper.
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