Review: True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley

Posted April 12, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Review: True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley
True to the Highlander

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Series: Loch Moigh #1
Genres: Time Travel Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on February 18. 2014
Pages: 338
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle First
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The Delight

A modern woman with a gift for music enters a gypsy’s tent at a Renaissance Fair only to find herself in 15th Century Scotland just as a band of Scottish warriors from Clan MacKintosh ride up.  Malcolm has the distinct feeling he is seeing his future in feisty Alethia’s eyes when he offers her the protection of his clan.  I enjoy a good time travel romance and medieval Highland Scotland and a modern heroine seemed just the thing.

Review

True to the Highlander is the first in a series of time travel related romances.  Brilliant violinist Alethia is whisked back in time with a gypsy’s ominous words that she is there to save a life.  When she ends up among the warring clans of the Scottish Highlands and meets warrior and protector, Malcolm MacKintosh and is nearly raped by another she has no doubt that danger is all around.  But, she’s a modern woman and used to doing things on her terms so Malcolm’s dictates for her safety don’t set well and she stubbornly goes about matters her own way captivating the hearts of an entire clan in the process.  Malcolm has enemies working treachery at his doorstep and a woman who finds danger without even trying confusing him and turning his heart in knots.

This story was a mixed bag for me.  If I didn’t take it too seriously, it was just the thing and a good time was had by all.  I enjoyed it as a light time travel romance with the excitement of clan fighting and that tension that comes with the time travel part about going back or staying.  I liked the characters and had a good laugh several times, particularly when Malcolm was constantly in the dog house for being overbearing or misunderstood.  They both had sweet natures underneath it all and were a good match.

But that said, I noticed other things and might have ignored some, not all.  The romance was not developed.  It was just suddenly there for both of them.  And, I would have been all right.  Just like I would have been all right with Alethia having an improbably diverse group of skills that just happen to fit each need and circumstance that she encountered.  She’s an excellent musician and was on her way to Julliard so the music makes sense, but then let’s tack on natural healer, sign language expert, self-defense skills that drop Malcolm three times, archery champ who can shoot an arrow over several yards at a moving target from a different elevation, and wins every heart in the castle even though she tends to hide in her room or take off into the woods more often than not.

These, I might have rolled my eyes at and went along with, but then we get to what got me frustrated with her.  The helpless damsel in distress five times.  It got annoying when she won’t listen to a word Malcolm says (and, to be fair, he got high-handed and overbearing- I get it- but don’t go off half-cocked to prove his point) so she ends up in danger (one time, even a five year old knows that what she’s doing is a bad idea and tells her so).  She thinks she’s tough, but she’s in a raping and pillaging era and can’t get that through her skull when she rushes outside the castle unattended when few men will go off alone.  Oh, and how cute, she’s going to chase after the clan warriors who are going into battle with another clan’s warriors to protect Malcolm- um, twice (yes, that was sarcasm).

I loved all the characters even Alethia.  I liked that the author wrapped up a couple of side character’s stories and set up a few future stories.  The epilogue was adorable and a good end to the story.

So, I enjoyed it, but spent a lot of time shaking my head, too.  Should others read it?  If you like brawny Highlanders and excitement, you betcha.  Just, don’t take it too seriously and enjoy it for a light romp in a historical setting.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Cynthia
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I love time travel books! Even though it is a light read I would still enjoy this book. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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It’s a quick one and fun when you’re in that mood. 🙂 Have a good weekend, Cynthia!

Tracy Terry
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Loving the cover. Alas though I don’t tend to do well with time travel novels. That said your calling it a light time travel romance (romance being another genre I don’t read a lot of though for very different reasons) gives me hope that I might enjoy it.

Sophia Rose
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This one would be a gamble for you, but you might like it. 🙂

Carole rae
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I would have an issue with this one especially since the romance is not very well developed.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, it was good, but not great. I liked it well enough that I’m willing to try more of the series.

Ethan
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I really like the “fish out of water” aspect of the story, but it sounds like some more time to allow the romance to develop naturally could have really helped.

Sophia Rose
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That is what I enjoy about time travel. Seeing how a person would adapt to an older era.
But, yes, it would have been nice to see a friendship, some conversations, etc before the love word got splashed around.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I love time travel romance!!! I love the way you describe this book with the modern woman not letting the man dictate to her, and in turn the whole clan falling in love with her! This sounds like such a sweet read! Although, I can see how the lading lady’s poor decision making of putting herself in danger multiple times could be frustrating! She does sound a bit over the top with all of her skills in so many different things. I’m glad you enjoyed it overall. Fabulous Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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I enjoy it, too. I think its a fun way to imagine what it would be like to go back and see earlier periods in time- as long as I could come back.
It was frustrating to see her not taking the danger seriously and thinking she was fine, but she was a sweet gal and I liked her in spite of it. 🙂

Lily
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Oh ugh I would find the none listening part annoying as well ):

Sophia Rose
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It’s so arrogant to show up and think you know best about everything. I get it that his delivery was annoying, but to ignore safety tips from the natives…

ROP
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I can’t say that time travel is my fave these days, but glad this was a fun one for you Super Sophia. Hugs and Happy Saturday! RO

Sophia Rose
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I don’t think I could make a steady diet of it, but now and then. 🙂

Have a great weekend, Radiant Ro!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I think there’s too much that would annoy me in this one. I’m all for independent heroines, but not when they’re bold to the point of stupidity

Sophia Rose
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I get frustrated quickly with lack of sense and causing others to be put in danger going to the rescue.

herding cats
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Yeeeeeah I would have a lot of trouble with the heroine on a few of those aspects. It always makes me roll my eyes when they can just magically do everything. And the tstl syndrome. Oy. Glad it had some good elements to help offset the irksome ones. Whew.

Sophia Rose
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I hate being told a gal is smart and sensible, etc and then watch her prove otherwise. I don’t find rushing headlong like an idiot into danger all that impressive especially when someone’s got to charge in after you to the rescue. I had a few grumble moments. LOL

Mary Kirkland
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I haven’t read this type of book in a while but it sounds like one that I might like.

Sophia Rose
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I like to pick up a time travel now and then. I think its fun to imagine going back in time.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I have this one in audiobook but haven’t listened to it yet. I did listen to the third book in the series and had some issues with it so I haven’t been to eager to revisit the series. It sounds like this book has some of the same issues that the third one did.

Sophia Rose
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I was thinking that a different heroine would change things, but sounds like it wouldn’t. Oh well, it was fun and I’m glad I tried this one.