MacKellar is on vacation in Scotland touring Urquhart Castle
when she is suddenly swept up and deposited into the year
1296. She’s a retired U.S. Army veteran, and her years as
an MP have prepared her for everything except time travel or
13th century men like Lord Iain MacAlister.
MacAlister has to marry—or else. The ultimatum was given by
Edward Longshanks, the invading English king who is
determined to crush the Scots. Iain only has one week.
When a mysterious woman suddenly falls into his
lap—literally—he decides to take advantage of the
obstacle to overcome is Longshanks, and the ultimate task is
to convince Kenna to marry him. The feisty Sergeant Major
is more than a match for the sexy Scotsman. Besides, a
woman with eight tours of duty can hold her own in war torn
Scotland, especially if she is accepted, loved and supported
by the right man. All’s well that ends well when Iain
proves to be Mr. Right.
MacAlister proves to be everything and more in Her
Highland Destiny, and I think that is what bothered
me the most about this story. He was too perfect.
Perhaps, he is so confident that he can overcome all
things. Who knows? His main ‘weakness’ was in failing to
secure his kinsman’s property from the English usurper king,
Longshanks. Everything about this story challenged my
ability to believe in it, to feel it. I realize that the
Celtic women (and the ancient Picts) were warriors and
fought beside their families on the battlefield. How
convenient that Kenna is glaringly of Scottish descent.
Marshall uses a few plot twists to explain Kenna’s presence,
which proves intriguing at first. A lot is easily explained
or dismissed. There are elements where I felt that Iain
would have a difficult time accepting Kenna on her terms.
Kenna seems to take things in stride, and the argument could
be that she is a soldier first, able to adapt to anything.
The build up to where they consummate their passion is good
but it didn’t knock my socks off either.
Overall, the winning point for Her Highland Destiny
is the setting and the historical conflict that is used as
the primary motivation to bring Iain and Kenna closer. The
ending fizzled even with an intriguing build-up. It lacked
substance, was clichéd, and fell far and away on impact.
It would be interesting to see what direction Ms. Marshall
takes in her writing because she does a credible job with
the historical setting. Her Highland Destiny
is a story that has the potential to find its audience.
Unfortunately, I’m standing away from the crowd on this one.