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September 26, 2017

A Highlander goes west

By Hannah Howell
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Set in the ruggedly beautiful but essentially lawless American frontier, The Scotsman Who Saved Me is a fascinating new take on the highlander romance.

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The year is 1860. Iain MacEnroy and four of his seven brothers are traveling through the Arkansas Ozarks when Iain smells smoke. Their investigations lead not only to the brutal murders of a young couple, but also to two escapees—Emily Stanton, a well-bred English woman, and her young nephew, Neddy. While transporting her and Neddy to the MacEnroy residence to tend to her wounds, Iain finds himself falling for her, and Emily feels likewise. Although Iain and Emily have more in common than they think, there is also more to Emily than Iain is aware of. When the men who killed her sister and brother-in-law discover where she and Neddy are staying, she must decide whether to trust her rescuer with her secrets.

Set in the ruggedly beautiful but essentially lawless American frontier, The Scotsman Who Saved Me is a fascinating new take on the highlander romance. Howell introduces a whole set of memorable characters with Iain, the oldest of the MacEnroy brothers, and Emily at the forefront. Iain and Emily may come from two different worlds—English gentry and Scottish commoner—but Howell makes sure that both her protagonists are more than class stereotypes. Howell also gives her audience plenty of time to get to know the rest of the cast by slowly and steadily ratcheting up the action.

If the upcoming books share The Scotsman Who Saved Me’s assured mix of character development and suspense, Howell fans have much to look forward to in this new series.

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