Errol MacRae’s days of gallivanting across the Highlands are nearing an end. His father’s health has taken a turn for the worse, and rumors are swirling that the crown intends to transfer ancient lands into the hands of the MacKenzies, the clan the MacRaes are sworn to defend. Errol expects to lead his men into battle soon. So he isn’t pleased when his father instead sends him to retrieve a beautiful flame-haired lass who has fled into the mountains.
Orphaned as a young girl, Aileana vividly remembers how the MacRaes rescued her and welcomed her into their clan. For ten years, she has served them loyally—until the night she’s nearly despoiled by one of the laird’s captains. Aileana risks her life and her reputation to seek refuge in the snowcapped peaks of the Five Sisters, the one place that has always felt like home. But after the strong-armed, strong-willed Errol tracks her down in a blizzard, she finds herself tempted to risk something even more dangerous: her heart
This book was a nice and steady read but it couldn't captivate me completely. It was a solid story, with nice and interesting characters but I found my thoughts straying every now and then. Apart from that, it was nice and easy to read even though I couldn't always understand the hero's and the heroine's actions - well, and those of the other people around them. The whole story sometimes seemed a bit far fetched starting with the hermite living in the mountains without anybody being the wiser and several other things that made me question the pprobability of people behaving like that or things happening like that.
On the whole the story about Errol MacRae and the orphaned Aileana, foundling and beauty extraordinaire, is sweet and romantic. Both are very likable characters and despite the critical points mentioned, I enjoyed reading the book. It is not a book that will rate among my highlights of the year and it won't be one that I reread very often but I loved the interaction between the hero and the heroine and after everything she's been through, I also loved how things turned out for sweet and gentle Aileana, even though I was furious (again) with the men who didn't even think of asking a woman whether she wants to marry someone...as usual. Definitely something I'll never get used to.... But, well, in the end all is well that ends well, isn't it?