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The Highlander (2003)

by Elaine Coffman

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When Tavish Graham stumbles upon the naked body of Sophie d'Alembert, he thinks she is dead. But it doesn't take him long to discover that Sophie is very much alive and more woman than he can handle, so he leaves her with his brother, James, the Earl of Monleigh.

Beautiful, young and French, Sophie finds herself in the wild, strange land of the Scots. Terrified and not willing to trust James, she fails to tell him that she is the granddaughter of Louis XIV--and that she is fleeing a forced marriage to the hated English Duke of Rockingham.

Reluctantly, Sophie begins to fall in love with the rugged Highlander. And before she can reveal the truth of her past, James discovers her royal connection, and wonders what else she is keeping from him. Can James resist her, or will he defy the might of England and France for a lover as wild and passionate as himself?

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This one turned out okay for me, but there were moments in the first third of the book where some of the conversations seemed rushed, corny, cringe-worthy, and unbelievable for the amount of time these two knew each other. It was awkward at times. Another factor that bothered me a little but I let it go because it didn't happen all that often and the personalities of the characters were very different, was there were striking similarities to Gabaldon's Outlander series: the main character is named Jamie, he gets his left hand crushed by a mallet in prison, there's an evil English dude who captures the heroine, there's a lot of talk of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Jacobite cause, etc. It was distracting because this book was published after the other very successful book series, so similarities seem more glaring. Coffman did a good job tying up the pieces at the end and finished the story off strong. ( )
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Trust not the horse, O Trojans. Be it what it may,
I fear the Greacians even when they offer gifts.
                        --Virgil (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Laocoon, from Aeneid, Book 2
(chapter 2 page 23)

A liar should have a good memory.
--Quintilian (c.35-c.100), Roman rhetorician. De Institutione Oratoria (c.90)
(chapter 3 page 43)

How like a moth, the simple maid
Still plays about the flame!
--John Gay (1685-1732), English poet and playwright. The Beggar's Opera (1728)
(chapter 4 page 63)

Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all that glisters, gold.
--Thomas Gray (1716-1771), English poet. "On a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes" (1748). The Poems of Thomas Gray: William Collins: Oliver Goldsmith
(chapter 5 page 77)

When Love's delirium haunts the glowing mind,
Limping Decorum lingers far behind.
--Lord Byron (1788-1824), English poet. Answer to Some Elegant Verses Sent by a Friend
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She was not utterly naked.
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Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

When Tavish Graham stumbles upon the naked body of Sophie d'Alembert, he thinks she is dead. But it doesn't take him long to discover that Sophie is very much alive and more woman than he can handle, so he leaves her with his brother, James, the Earl of Monleigh.

Beautiful, young and French, Sophie finds herself in the wild, strange land of the Scots. Terrified and not willing to trust James, she fails to tell him that she is the granddaughter of Louis XIV--and that she is fleeing a forced marriage to the hated English Duke of Rockingham.

Reluctantly, Sophie begins to fall in love with the rugged Highlander. And before she can reveal the truth of her past, James discovers her royal connection, and wonders what else she is keeping from him. Can James resist her, or will he defy the might of England and France for a lover as wild and passionate as himself?

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What's an honorable Scot to do when a beautiful woman washes ashore beneath the family castle? Give her to his brother?
When Tavish Graham stumbles upon the naked body of Sophie d'Alembert, he thinks she is dead. But it doesn't take him long to discover that Sophie is very much alive and more woman than he can handle, so he leaves her with his brother, James, the Earl of Monleigh.

Beautiful, young and French, Sophie finds herself in the wild, strange land of the Scots. Terrified and not willing to trust James, she fails to tell him that she is the granddaughter of Louis XIV -- and that she is fleeing a forced marriage to the hated English Duke of Rockingham.

Reluctantly, Sophie begins to fall in love with the rugged Highlander. And before she can reveal the truth of her past, James discovers her royal connection, and wonders what else she is keeping from him. Can James resist her, or will he defy the might of England and France for a lover as wild and passionate as himself?

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