The Macgregor's Daughter by Dee Julian
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Book Title: The Macgregor's Daughter
Author: Dee Julian
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-935013-87-7
Pages: 176
Genre: Historical
Series: None
Available In: E-book
CRR Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: Margaret Coleman
Review Score: 5 Wings

It is 1776 and American, Anadreya Macgregor, is branded a spy and imprisoned in England by the Marquis of Canderlay. He is on a mission for the mad king, George III.  

Dreya escapes to Dragon's Breath Castle, on one of the Western Isles of Scotland where her father resides as laird.

Five years later, the laird is missing and Dreya finds a badly injured Frenchman washed ashore. The man Dreya calls Pirate has lost both his sight and his memory. A charming, attractive man who flirts with her shamelessly, she finds herself drawn to him against her will. But she comes to believe her fate and the fate of her father lies in his hands, and she must act to stop him. Dreya takes the role of laird in her father's absence, but as the story unfolds, we learn much is at stake here that is beyond Dreya's ability to control.

The Macgregor's Daughter is all that you could wish for in a swashbuckling historical novel. Merely the strong attraction between Dreya and her Pirate would keep you turning the pages, but danger lurks round every misty corner of Dragon's Breath, and the story holds your interest until the very end. Dreya, although unsure of her position in her father's home due to the circumstances of her birth, shows herself to be a worthy heroine, quick-witted and brave. A fine match for her Pirate, who proves his mettle in a crisis. The supporting cast of crusty Scots are all excellently drawn characters, particularly Edwina, the old woman with second sight, and the island setting is well evoked. All the threads of the plot are neatly tied up at the end. The one complaint I have, and it's nit-picking in such a fine novel, is the Scottish language slowed the pace for me a bit at times, but it was well handled and added authenticity to the novel. With a touch of the paranormal thrown into the mix, The Macgregor's Daughter is an excellent read and I look forward to the next from this fine author, Dee Julian.


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