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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Macgregor's Daughter by Dee Julian

The Macgregor's Daughter by Dee Julian
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

In 1776 England, American born Anadreya Macgregor is branded a spy by the arrogant Marquis of Canderlay. Despite her pleas of innocence, he refuses to listen and has her imprisoned. Aided by the Scottish father she never knew, Dreya escapes to Dragon's Breath Castle.

Five years later, the laird is missing and a badly injured Frenchman washes ashore. Dreya is wary of the blind and amnesic man, though something about him is hauntingly familiar. Is he an ally or a ruthless mercenary who stumbled upon her father's smuggling activities?

The stranger's vision and memory gradually return and Dreya discovers her fate and the continued existence of her clan might very well be in his hands. As the web of deception binding them together unravels, both are in danger of losing everything. Including their hearts.

Charm and intrigue exude from the cover, and The Macgregor’s Daughter does not fail to live up to all that the images suggest. From the first heart-pounding moments, we follow ‘Dreya’ through a twisting array of exploits.

It is eighteenth century England and this young woman, Andreya may be foreign-born but she is dedicated to her clan nonetheless. She is also strong willed, loyal and utterly admirable. The first man she encounters we rather suspect is something of a cad, perhaps noble, certainly sly and suggestive… but her focus is on escaping, and we readers are forced to just wonder about this encounter.

On one of Scotland’s western islands, Dreya will discover a man desperately in need of her aid. Their early encounters are beyond amusing, as he is blindfolded, she suspects he is a pirate, and their mutual antagonism only increases, as she tries to be a good care-giver and he attempts (from the sick bed) to prove just the sort of man he is. These are some of the absolutely best pages of the tale.

As the story progresses, the strength and determination of Dreya really come through. That first encounter sort of haunts the reader though, so when Lucien appears, you don’t so much wonder, as hope. Although Dreya’s true heart is not so hastily revealed, her extraordinary actions will eventually reveal where her heart lies.

The Macgregor's Daughter has a lot of good points, from characters to pacing, includes delicious descriptions and maintains your interest level. However, I must admit that the shining star here is the simply fantastic dialogue. It is always fast-paced and believable, sometimes heartfelt, sometimes full of innuendo, and always always revealing. A great story that I have to recommend.