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Book Review: The Bride Chooses a Highlander by Adrienne Basso

December 3, 2018

 

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This book was set in the medieval ages, and I so rarely get to read books whose focus is in Scotland during that time. A rare treat for me! I have read this author's work before, and I have always enjoyed the way she sets up the story with historical facts. It makes me feel very comfortable reading about this time period, because she explains what has happened in the past, what's going on now, and why any conflicts exist. If you like true history with your romance, this is the book for you.

At the advanced age of 22, Katherine McKenna is a rare breed of woman in medieval Scotland. Allowed to choose her own husband due to a promise her mother extracted from her father, she has turned down many suitors in hopes that she could find love. But so much time has passed that she has decided that she would rather marry an amiable man she does not love than to remain unmarried, without children or a home of her own. Unfortunately, the man she chooses turns out to be hiding a big secret, and she flees soon after the betrothal agreements are signed. Captured by another clan before she can reach her home, she finds herself in the company of a man who evokes feelings in her she has never felt before. But things aren't easy, and it's going to take all her persuasion to convince her father that Lachlan MacTavish is who she truly wants to marry.

While I do think you have to suspend belief a bit to imagine a woman choosing her own husband during that time, I really enjoyed reading about Katherine and her family. It was lovely to imagine a medieval family who appreciated and respected their women as much as their men, and Katherine held her own well When she realizes who Lachlan is and what her kidnapping might mean for him and their future, she doesn't cower or leave it to him to solve. She tries to help herself and refuses to act the victim. A very strong character! Lachlan was, unfortunately, not as strong as her, so I did feel their pairing wasn't as aligned as I would have liked. It seemed to me that he allowed his mother and brother to get away with a lot, and his level of anger didn't seem to reach the height it should have, particularly with what his mother did later in the story. I understand family loyalty and all, but his reaction didn't seem believable. He redeemed himself towards the end, but I definitely felt like Katherine was the stronger of the two, when I would have rather had them be equal in strength.

This book peaked my interest in this time period, and I am eager to read what comes next in the series! Hopefully Katherine's brother gets a book next, as it seemed to be the most interesting teaser in the book. 

**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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