Healing A Highlander’s Heart by Keira Montclair is the second book in her Grant Clan series and features Lady Brenna Grant—a talented healer—and Clan Chieftain Quade Ramsay.
When Lady Brenna Grant is awoken in the night by a dark, mysterious warrior holding a knife and requesting she bring her healing supplies, her only thought was to save her sister from being harmed and deal with whoever needed her help. Little did she know she would be healing a Lowland Chieftain…in more ways than one!
Honestly, I wanted to love this book. It just wasn’t possible. It had so much potential, but unfortunately, the poor writing and weak hero left me sadly bored and wishing the author had rethought the use of ‘authentic’ dialect and a ‘telling’ form of writing rather than ‘showing’ through imagery. While Lady Brenna was interesting, strong and clever, her match wasn’t at all what I imagine a strong, in-charge clan leader to be. He lacked the in-charge attitude. He even backed down (in his thoughts) from Brenna’s brother Alex. He seemed resigned that Alex would best him. I just don’t see that. If he was a true highlander or lowlander of the time, I imagine he’d be well versed in warring/fighting and wouldn’t back down from anyone.
Besides my issues with the hero, there were other problem with the story. First, while the author apologies in a way at the end for having too many, it didn’t help. There were too many illnesses. One or two to show Brenna’s healing capabilities were enough. I had hope there would be more intrigue since it was hinted at so often. Really, it is a pitfall I’ve found in authors without much experience or editing. They tend to throw everything in but the kitchen sink, but don’t follow through. If you read about the daughter’s illness, then the ‘surprise’ persons (omitting so as not to spoil it for anyone) illness, plus the Chief’s illness…I’d say you were beyond tired of hearing how great or clever Brenna was at healing. Then throw in the Chief’s emotional baggage from his previous marriage—to which Brenna is the only one who can get through to him wasn’t his fault or a curse—and you’re probably done with the book before you begin to see there might be some intrigue around the corner. Some potential. You might be bored and miss the twist ending. I will admit I didn’t see that coming. But all the flaws took away from what could have been a great story.
Overall, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the book. I can say I found it difficult to read. I plan to find another by this author to compare this work with as I enjoy her thought process, if not her work.
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About the book…
Kidnapped at knifepoint in the middle of the night, healer Brenna Grant is spirited across the Highlands to heal a chieftain who’s near death. The last thing she expects is for her patient to be a handsome laird who steals her heart. Unable to deny him—or anyone who needs her talents as a healer—she travels to his clan to treat a mysterious invalid. Quade Ramsay awakens to find a beautiful healer at his bedside. He is powerless to fight his attraction to the lass who saved his life, but he’s vowed never to fall in love again. Convinced a family curse hangs over his head, he fights his feelings for Brenna. But the very woman he is determined to stay away from might be the only one who can save his young daughter. Will he let the beautiful healer mend his own broken heart?