Book: “The Highland Laird” by Amy Jarecki
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
“The Highland Laird” by Amy Jarecki is a historical romance set in 1714 in the Scottish Highlands. The novel follows the story of Emma, a young woman who has been blind all her life and is keenly interested in a man named Ciar. When he is wrongfully accused of a murder and imprisoned, Emma fights against the odds and dares to try and rescue him. Will she be able to save the man who has captured her heart?
This book was the perfect fictional escape for me! It will bring readers back to the 1700’s in the Scottish Highlands but it has a more female friendly approach. The author clearly creates a heroic main character in the form of Emma. She is kind, smart and extremely brave. Emma is able to navigate new surroundings and is constantly being challenged by obstacles. As a reader, I cheered for Emma and wanted all of her dreams to come true! Some of Emma’s behavior did seem to align more with contemporary viewpoints, but I appreciated that and it made me identify with her character more.
I also really enjoyed the premise of the story. It definitely was not what I was expecting, but in the best way! I enjoyed seeing all of the things that Emma had to overcome. For some reason, disabilities do not often find their way into novels even though they impact so many people. I loved that this heroine was a strong woman who happened to also be blind. The plot was unique and left me eagerly turning pages.
I also loved that the love story truly started before the beginning of the book. I enjoyed that the characters had already met several times and had known each other growing up. I felt like this made Ciar’s character more likeable and it made his intentions more clear and trustworthy. All in all, I enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it to romance enthusiasts!
Plus… who doesn’t love a man in a kilt?
Recommendations: Pick up this one if you are into more traditional romance novels or if you are a huge fan of “Outlander.”
Blogger’s Note: The cover of this one features a shirtless man in traditional Romance novel fashion. I wish the cover was different, because I thought this story deserved more than just a stock, cliche style cover.