Having recently read Trade Winds by Christina Courtney I was very much looking forward to reading its sequel Highland Storms, which was very kindly sent to me by the lovely ChocLit team.
Brice Kinross, son of the gorgeous Killian Kinross, takes up his seat in Scotland as Laird of Rosyth. The estate is in a dire state and appears to be losing money each year, the local people are living in poorer and poorer conditions and there doesn’t seem to be a logical explanation for it.
Brice arrives with the intention of getting to the bottom of this and bringing the estate back to a profitable entity. However as Brice delves deeper it becomes apparent that there is more to it than simply bad management, there has definitely been some underhand dealings. But by who? Who can Brice trust?
Unexpectedly Brice also finds himself involved in a tussle of the heart. The beautiful housekeeper Marsaili is a tempting prospect to help him get over a lost love back in Sweden but it seems he is not the only one who has an eye for her.
What I love about Highland Storms is that it is more than one thing. It’s a combination of romance, adventure and action. I was really drawn into the plot surrounding the running of the Rosyth estate and the history that is layered so well throughout the book doesn’t interfere at all, only adding to the enjoyment. The twists and turns kept me on my toes and I really enjoyed the romantic element that although was integral to driving the plot along, again wasn’t so overwhelming that it distracted you from the other aspects. All three elements seemed to mould effortlessly together.
Highland Storms is definitely in my top three favourite reads this year, it may even be number one!
Highland Storms is Christina’s third Choc Lit novel. Her debut, Trade Winds and prequel to Highland Storms, was short listed for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Pure Passion Award of Best Historical Fiction 2011. The Scarlet Kimono was short listed for the Big Red Read and The Festival of Romance Readers Award for Best Historical Read 2011.
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