1684, Scottish Highlands
Englishwoman Evelyn Worthington is resolved to build a school for ladies in her brother’s newly purchased Scottish castle. But when she arrives, not only does she find the castle scorched by fire, but a brawny Highlander bars her entry.
Clan chief Grey Campbell would rather die than see his family home, Finlarig Castle, fall into English hands, so Grey must win the battle of wills with the beautiful Sassenach who flashes a bill of sale before him.
When the war between Evelyn and Grey escalates, passions flare. But outsiders have their own plans for Finlarig. After secrets are revealed, and muskets are lit, the fates of the Campbell Clan, the school, and a possible future for Grey and Evelyn are in as much jeopardy as their lives.
In A Rose in the Highlands (Highlands Rose School #1) by Heather McCollum, Evelyn Worthington is determined to escape the situation she's found herself in. In order to avoid marrying a man she wants nothing to do with, she has to find a way to be independent. However, when she arrives at the castle her brother has purchased, she finds it is already inhabited by the people that once owned the land and they're not willing to give it up without a fight. Will Evelyn be able to get Grey Campbell on her side or will they both lose when trouble arrives; trouble that could put an end to the happy ever after they truly deserve together?
What a brilliant start to this series Ms. McCollum has delivered in this first book of her Highlands Rose School series where the plot was an absolute page turner due to the obstacles these two face to be together; the dialogue was compelling and had me liking how much of a challenge the heroine provided the hero; and the main characters were absolutely entertaining and had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether the hero would be able to win the heroine over. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story really takes off, as the heroine isn't about to let the hero send her on her way. Not when she has so much to do in order to show her brother she can be independent and doesn't want to marry a man she's been promised to. Will the heroine get her way?
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and I could understand why the heroine is so determined to gain her independence. Why should she have to marry a man she wants nothing to do with? Moreover, both the main characters were compelling and I loved the obstacles these two face to be together including the trouble Evelyn faces when it comes to her betrothed and whether she'll ever be free to be with Grey.
With the heroine, she's resilient, courageous, driven in her pursuit to get the school she wants to open up and running and I liked how much of a challenge she provides the hero. She's there to stay and not going anywhere, even after discovering things that make it hard not to want to give the hero what he wants most. I also liked the heroine's determination to fight for her chance with the hero when things become dangerous because love is worth fighting for. Then again, she must fight for the people she loves too in her family. No way can she lose anyone else. While the hero, he's been through so much and I could understand his hostility towards the heroine because her people (the English) were responsible for so much hurt. Will Grey and his family get their revenge or justice for crimes committed against them? I also liked how the hero's opinion of the heroine changes. She's different in the way she really cares for people unlike some of her fellow countrymen.
Overall, Ms. McCollum has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance was delightful and had me loving these two together; and the ending had me worried for the main characters, but had me liking how determined these two were to fight for their happy ever after. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as the hero and heroine are so happy together. I would recommend A Rose in the Highlands by Heather McCollum, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the enemy to lovers trope or books by authors Stacy Reid, Jennifer Trethewey, Kerrigan Byrne and Lori Ann Bailey.
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HEATHER MCCOLLUM is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination every time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond. When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.