Author: Lecia Cornwall
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Daire is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.
When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Daire’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.
Although Daire does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Daire let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?
Review: What a delicious rendering of Beauty and the Beast, Scottish style. We all love the transformation of an unattractive character who’s been disfigured through no fault of his own (or sometimes a curse) finding true love with a beautiful and usually very nice heroine. This one had some interesting new tweaks that made it a little more heartfelt and exciting…
Luckily, both of the characters in this historical romance have scars. And I don’t just mean the visible kind–even though they both limp and have terrible scars. Fia and Daire both have the most insidious kind of internal scars…ones that make the owner saddened and filled with self-doubt.
Fia had gotten injured as a small child in the nursery in a horrible accident. She’d never gotten over that event, and it colored her world and the way the people in her life treated her forever after. It was nice going to Daire’s castle because even though her scars were visible, her past wasn’t openly known by the inhabitants there.
For Daire, the last few years had been filled with anguish and loss. While sailing his cousin Jeanie to take her vows as a nun, the ship had been captured by English soldiers and all of the crew plus his beloved cousin had been killed. Daire himself had been horribly tortured and forced to witness his cousin’s torture and death in depraved and unspeakable detail. I don’t know of anyone that could easily get over that. Luckily John, an Englishman who was at the jail, had rescued what was left of Daire and brought him home. Now Daire is the “beast” of the castle and surrounding area because of his wasted appearance and because of the screaming nightmares that had tortured him. Was there truly a cure out there for him?
Faith, hope and nature all conspire to bring these two together. Will they be able to help one another? Can she be the virgin that the healer had prophesied coming to save him?
Let’s hope, because I don’t think Daire can take much more. Great romantic adventure with suspense and swashbuckling by the most surprising sorts. Thanks!