The Gift: A Highland Novella Paperback – December 17, 2014
"The Devil Wears Black" by L.J. Shen
From author L.J. Shen comes a second-chance romance about love, loss, finding yourself, and getting lost in the right person. | Learn more
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (December 17, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 116 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1511631937
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511631938
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.27 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,928,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I did like the h, but felt she protested too much. Especially knowing what waited for her back in London. I did like the H and understood why he fought his feelings. I loved his grandma and enjoyed her being a seer.
There is passionate lovemaking, outside of marriage, rated 3.5 out of 5 if that. Not vulgar or erotic.
Only one fight scene in this story. The rest is a story of two people fighting their feelings for each other. Yes, we have misunderstandings (yes plural), and our h didn't give the H time to explain nor trust what he was saying.
We have no cheating, no cliffhanger, we get HEA and a fulling epilogue 7 or so years in the future which I loved. I am not going into the blurb, because I can't explain it better. Just what you may get out of reading this novella. (ljb)
Lily leaves London for the north of England where she has a friend. She's fleeing London to escape the witch hunts that are currently going on. She figures she'll spend Christmas with her friend and then come back to London when things have settled down some. She stows away on a ship headed north, but didn't check to see exactly how far north it was going. So, she ended up stranded in Scotland trying to walk back to England (not a very wise choice)
Roderick MacDonald's aging grandmother is the seer for his clan - and there isn't another with the sight to take her places when she passes away. She convinces Roderick that he'll find the 'woman he needs' on the secret mission he's undertaking for the Lord of the Isles. Roderick takes that to mean that he'll find the new seer his clan needs.
Roderick rescues Lily who is lying almost frozen on a hillside in Scotland. He (by hook or crook) manages to get her back to the Highlands. Of course -- on the way he falls in love with her. Then, the hard part is convincing her that she loves him and wants to stay with him. Of course -- there is a bit of a puzzle about the seer thing too -- that is a nice little twist in the story.
All in all it is a nice, sweet, short read!
elevated those that healed and listened when word of caution came from one who was known to be accurate in their 'seeings' or feelings. Many people today probably have this sense but have not explored or tested it to its fullest.
I find this author's style of writing so engrossing! I tried reading other authors and honestly find them boring. When I read Margaret Mallory's books I just get drawn in and am immersed immediately.
One of the issues I had with the book was that although it was a novella, it felt like the story was meant to be a novel. For me, many parts of the story felt rushed. Instead of covering as much ground as a novel might but compressed into the length of a novella, I wish the story had gone a bit deeper even while staying in the novella length (just covering less ground, less quickly). Also, and along the same lines, the perspective often shifted from the hero to the heroine and back very quickly--sometimes after only a few paragraphs. That led to an overall feeling of the story being rushed and underdeveloped for me as a reader. Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable read for me, and I'll definitely be reading more by this author!
Lily and Roderick have an undeniable chemistry between them. And while this is a novella, it didn't feel rushed or unbelievable. The pace of the story moves well and the love scenes are appropriate and steamy.
I would definitely recommend this novella.
I love Margaret Mallory's books, just not this one.
As a side note, this was her first published novella so if she writes more short stories she'll get better over time - hopefully. Personally, I think she should stick to complete and developed novels.
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In the second half I got a bit annoyed - the only thing keeping the H/h apart seemed to be stupid misunderstandings which would've been clarified if they'd just had an honest chat. I suspect this is a common romance trope, though :-(
However it was well written; the Scots dialect wasn't cheesy (as a Scot I am quite sensitive to that!) and there was only one typo that I spotted. I will keep an eye out for more of this author's work.