Published bySuzan Tisdale February 12, 2012
Betrayed by lies before her birth, Aishlinn believes kind and honorable men do not exist. Raised in near seclusion by a cruelstepfather, she is traded to work at Castle Firth in Penrith England for the price of two sheep. When the despised Earl of Penrith attacks her late one night and attempts to rape her, Aishlinn stabs him in self-defense and flees England for the safety of the Scottish highlands.
Surviving the horrific beating at the hands of the Earl, Aishlinn is rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors who swear their allegiance to her for killing the hated Earl–the same man who had destroyed their village and killed their families when they were boys. Duncan McEwan, future chief of the Clan MacDougall, has survived countless battles and bed innumerable women. He has scaled mountains,survived a horrific storm at sea and even hand-to-claw battle with a ferociouscat-o’mountain. But none of that could have prepared him for how his life is forever changed one fateful spring day when he rescues a very battered young woman from an icy stream.
Together with his men, they risk everything to take her to the safety of their clan. She soon learns that kind and honorable men do exist and one in particular changes her heart forever. She discovers an inner strengthand it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heartwrenching decision–allow the English to kill those she loves or surrender forthe crime she committed. With an intense code of honor Duncan must now battle the feelings for the beautiful Aishlinn. He will do anything to keep her as his own and he’ll do anything to keep her out of the hands of the English.
Middle Ages/ Highlander
Reviewer rating: 5 STARS
Reviewed by:Lee Anne
I LOVE Highlander stories. They are so romantic. Big brutish men, who go off to battlefor honor and clan but are all gooey and mushy on the inside, how can you not love them? Laiden’s Daughter definitely delivers on that front!
Suzan Tisdale weaves a story that will pull at your heartstrings one minute and having you smirking the next. Aishlinn is a wounded young woman who flees for her life as horrible, evil men search for her. Along the way she finds honorable Highlander men who teach her about family, loyalty, and love. I could not put this book down and I seriously considered calling in sick to work, just so Icould finish it!
I thoroughly enjoyed taking Aishlinn’s journey with her as she breaks out of the shell she’slived in for so long out of self-preservation to become the spirited woman she should have been all along. I found myself smirking and cheering her on as she found her voice and conviction and stood up to the big marshmallow Highland warriors.
The main characters in the book are so well developed I felt like I knew them personallyand I took their challenges and victories to be my own. The periphery characters are well developed as well and I loved them all! I’m so excited that this is the first in a series and I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories.
Castle Gregor has many more stories to tell and I can’t wait to read them all. Unfortunately I have to wait until Decemberto get my greedy little hands on the next one! Findley’s story looks to be as interesting and compelling as Aishlinn and Duncan’s.
**Laiden’sDaughter is currently available on Amazon for $0.99. That’s a fantastic find as it’s definitely worth more than that!**
I am a happily married mother of three very busy children. Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Somedays I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.