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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Review - The Macgregor's Daughter by Dee Julian
Title: The Macgregor’s Daughter
Author: Dee Julian
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
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Rating: You GOTTA Read
Reviewed by: MarthaE
In 1776 England, American born Anadreya Macgregor is branded a spy by the arrogant Marquis of Canderlay. Despite her pleas of innocence, he refuses to listen and has her imprisoned. Aided by the Scottish father she never knew, Dreya escapes to Dragon's Breath Castle.
Five years later, the laird is missing and a badly injured Frenchman washes ashore. Dreya is wary of the blind and amnesic man, though something about him is hauntingly familiar. Is he an ally or a ruthless mercenary who stumbled upon her father's smuggling activities?
The stranger's vision and memory gradually return and Dreya discovers her fate and the continued existence of her clan might very well be in his hands. As the web of deception binding them together unravels, both are in danger of losing everything. Including their hearts.
This is a remarkably engaging historical debut! Full of action, mystery and romance! This is a book that catches your attention from the get go and keeps you turning pages to find out what happens!!
Dreya is a wonderfully bold and strong young woman. She manages to escape from the England and goes to live with the Scottish father she had never met. Although her father is thrilled to learn he has a daughter he is involved in activities that keep him on the “hit” list of the King of England. Any stranger at Dragon’s Breath is suspect and Dreya doesn’t know what to do with the injured “gentleman pirate” found on the rocks.
Lucian awakens in a strange place, blind and with no memory of who he is. He is pretty arrogant under all circumstances which creates a heightened tension between him and Dreya. A pleasant friendship develops between them during his weeks of recuperation but there still isn’t total trust. Then Lucian risks his life to save Dreya’s dog. So why does she lock him in the dungeon after that?
Lucian has begun to heal and regain his sight under the care of Dreya and the clan’s ancient healer and seer, Edwina. He escapes the dungeons and the Castle with a little help from Edwina and Dreya’s cousin, Derek. While doing so he locks Dreya in the dungeon which convinces her that he will betray her family and clan. He has the knowledge to declare the Macgregor a traitor and regain his own family land and titles from the King. But if he does so can he live with bringing destruction to Dreya and all the people at Dragon’s Breath?
The Macgregor has been missing and overdue at sea for months. A particularly nasty ship of pirates are looking for him and willing to use any means, including kidnapping Dreya, to capture the Macgregor and win the King’s reward. Is Lucian aiding the pirates? Will he give evidence against Macgregor? Or will he go back and somehow rescue the intrepid Scottish lass?
The author brings these characters to life and surrounds them with a beautiful, rugged setting and a good mysterious plot. The action starts from the first few pages and continues to the end. I would describe the romance as lightly sensual which confirms to me that it is not necessary to have even steamy interaction to have a good story. This is a great entertaining read and I highly recommend it!