Highland Solution by Ceci Gilternan
Series: Duncurra (#1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be “unmarriageable” and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine’s hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.
Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?
ReviewI met Ceci Gilternan at the Indie Book Convention in Orlando and bought the book from the author herself. She was very sweet and funny. We had a pleasant chat about her debut novel "Highland Solution" and the series' new book cover. We'll get back to the book cover in a bit.
At page 3 of this edition there is a little sneak peak into the love between Laird Naill MacIan and Lady Katherine. It was the sneak peak that caught my eye into starting this book, I got excited to know how their love plays out what tragic scenario occurs; because there always have to be one.
The book started out getting straight to the point; the forced marriage, which I enjoyed. Though after a the first few chapters I started to lose that excitement that came when I started the book. My interest in the plot was still there but my eagerness to finish it dropped after I got passed the first few chapters and struggled to get through it at all. The book was well written as well as the dialogue, that's why as I got passed the middle of the book I was off like the Flash. I would carry it around with me everywhere with the hopes that I would have time to pick up where I left off.
The antagonist was quite obvious that I was screaming it in my head every time something would go wrong or when the protagonist, Niall, would be a complete stubborn arse and not listen to those closest to him.
The main characters, Niall and Katherine are both so very stubborn which makes them a perfect match. The growth of their love was so sweet and romantic, my heart flutters with every sweet word uttered by Niall. He's the over protective stubborn husband of my dreams.
One thing I wished that was in the book was an appearance of King David II, I was hoping we'd have a little peak into the life at court in real time instead of flash backs.
As for the book cover. It's..okay. I'm just glad Ceci decided to change it. The latest edition of this book looks much better. No offense to this book cover artist that is.
All in all, this was a brilliant debut novel. The book and the dialogue was well written. I enjoyed the plot and the entire book immensely. It was sweet, romantic and can get a tad bit exhilarating towards the ending.
I'll be looking forward to reading book two of the series.