I received a free copy of The Highlander’s Holiday Wife by Vanessa Kelly from TLC Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
With the help of his friend, Bathsheba Blackmore, Braden Kendrick has discovered
that Lady Samantha Penwith is the mysterious woman who rescued him from an attack one night. Samantha is also engaged in a dangerous search to find her late husband’s murderer.
Worried for her safety, Braden now keeps watch on her: Samantha adjusted her short veil and shifted her walking stick to her right hand. Then she set off, heading down the silent laneway to the street on the typically damp and chilly November night.
The weather meant that few residents of New Town would be out on foot, so she would be able to make it down to Old Town without—“Out for a late-night stroll, my lady?” came a deep, brogue-laced voice from behind her.
Samantha whirled, instinctively pulling her blade even as she registered the identity of the man in the shadows. Kendrick put up his hands.
“No need to gut me, lass.”
She slammed her blade back into its sleeve. “If you don’t wish to be gutted, don’t sneak up on people.”
“I don’t think I was the one sneaking, actually.”
“No, you were lurking here like a footpad,” she snapped, more rattled than she cared to admit.
“And you look like one, too, I might add.”
He stood in the shadow of a high brick wall, dressed in a black greatcoat and boots, a slouchy hat pulled low over his forehead. Blending into the darkness, he was a shadow within shadows. Even though she couldn’t see his face, she felt the incredulity. It was coming off him in waves.
“Pot, meet kettle,” he said, gesturing to her coal-black garb.
Samantha repressed the desire to whack him with her walking stick. Instead, she took a deep breath to settle her racing heart before opening her mouth again. If there was ever a time she needed to keep her wits, it was now.
“Dr. Kendrick, what are you doing here?”
About The Highlander’s Holiday Wife:
Meet the most level-headed of the Clan Kendrick brothers and the independent woman who steals his heart in the fifth installment of USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s intoxicating series set in Regency Scotland…
Filled with saucy wit, surprising twists, and unforgettable lovers, the latest novel in USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s captivating historical romance series puts the most level-headed Kendrick at the center of a passionate and perilous adventure . . .
It’s Christmastime in Edinburgh, but Lady Samantha Penwith’s secret mission takes no holiday: the Highlands-born lass vows to find the assailants who murdered her beloved husband, founder of a charitable school for orphaned boys. On her latest undercover excursion, she closes in on a pair of armed attackers and interrupts another assault, then disappears into the darkness, leaving the lone victim mystified—and lucky to be alive . . .
Braden Kendrick may be the sensible brother, yet the dedicated doctor routinely ignores the dangers of his late-night calls to the city’s slums. But when a fleet-footed rescuer saves his life, he’s determined to uncover the stranger’s identity. And once he does, he’ll find himself facing his own past loss for the first time—and more than willing to risk his heart again, just in time to make the Clan Kendrick’s Christmas celebrations more festive than ever . . .
You can purchase The Highlander’s Holiday Wife on Amazon.com
About the Author:
Vanessa Kelly is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Improper Princesses series, the Clan Kendrick, The Renegade Royals and The Stanton Family series, in addition to other historical romances. Named by Booklist as one of the “Stars of Historical Romance,” her books have been translated into nine languages and published internationally.
In graduate school, Vanessa specialized in the study of eighteenth-century British fiction and is known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty story lines that captivate readers. She lives with her husband in Ottawa. Visit her at VanessaKellyAuthor.com or join the Clan Kendrick Facebook Group at Facebook.com/groups/ClanKendrick.
There is nothing like a fast paced, light read to make all of the holiday hullabaloo fade away into nothingness. And The Highlander’s Holiday Wife is the perfect escape when all around you is threatening to just consume you in a ball of unbaked cookies and presents that need to be wrapped.
Pick up this book and escape into the Highlands for a fun and admittedly mindless journey with the hero and heroine as they navigate their way toward their happily ever after. It IS a romance so you know they will find one. No shocking secrets shared here I am sure.
I have not read any other of Ms. Kelly’s books so I don’t know of the siblings’ stories but you can find them all to keep you busy throughout the cold winter months. Now and again I love nothing more than to indulge in a fun romance novel as it takes me back to my younger days when they were all I read. This book fits that bill perfectly
A truly enjoyable novel with engaging characters and a fun storyline. Plus the happily ever after that we all crave in a book now and again. It would make a great gift for the reader in your life.