Saturday, July 5, 2008

Book Review: Hearts in the Highlands

Hearts in the Highlands by Ruth Axtell Morren - Love Inspired Historical #6 - Apr 08

This book is a fascinating look at the years just prior to the turn of the century when treasures were being discovered in the pyramids along the Nile. It's a sweet and warm love story of 2 people who find love despite their different stations in life.

Following his uncle's footsteps, Reid Gallagher has embraced the new field of archaeology. He's only back in England while red tape is hashed out with the politicians but he'll be going back to Egypt very soon. He's lonely but he's still loyal to his wife although he's been a widower for 10 yrs already.

Maddie Norton is the companion to Reid's aunt who seems on the brink of death several times a day if the subject of conversation doesn't suit her. But Maddie is gentle and patient with her. She's ‘on-call' 24/7 and yet she receives a pittance for a salary.

Maddie lives each day in that in-between world: she's a servant and yet she eats at the table with the family - she's just not supposed to speak or do anything to be noticed.

Of course, Reid notices her and that's when the problems start.

It struck me that Reid's aunt treated her dog better than Maddie, her loyal companion. I wonder if that was just because of the era or is it still like that among the well-to-do? It's a horrid thought either way.

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Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Harlequin 100,000 book challenge:

Total books Read: 71 Harlequin Imprint: 67 Others: 4


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