on December 19th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley ARC
WHEN HIGHLAND HEARTS COLLIDE...
Arabel Rowland was the laird’s daughter, courted by sons of dukes and as wild and untamed as the Highlands around her. Garrick McGuiness was nothing more than a penniless, nameless Scot working in the Rowland stables with nothing to offer but his heart. On the eve when they were to elope, Arabel is forced to make a decision that changes both of their lives—one that drives them apart for a decade.
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Ten years later, Garrick is now Earl of Townsend and surprised to receive word of an inheritance from the Rowlands—and simply stunned to learn that he must share that inheritance with the one woman he hoped never to see again. His plan is to fulfill the will's requirement, take the money, and never return to Scotland again. But when the deadly secret that came between them is revealed, he finds himself experiencing the Highlands—and his feelings toward Arabel—in a way he never did before.Fate tore them apart, but now he’s back in her life with status, money and a title. Can they let go of past hurts and find love?
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What a lovely second chance at love romance! A satisfying novella which has all the love, passion & drama of a full-length romance!
Garrick McGuiness, a penniless stablehand of the powerful Rowland clan of the highlands, falls in love with the laird’s lovely daughter Arabel and she with him. Giving her innocence to him at the tender age of 18, both were madly in love with each other and planned to elope one fateful night together. As Garrick goes to collect Arabel, she begs Garrick to give her more time as her family desperately needed her that night and she couldn’t leave them. This decision changes both their lives forever and they are forced to forge their own paths for ten long years without each other.
Garrick is now the Earl of Townsend and Arabel is engaged to another, but a surprising joint inheritance of the Rowland’s, crumbling estate of Castle Highburn (Arabel’s childhood house) has been bestowed upon Garrick and Arabel and they must live in the estate together for a month if they both want Castle Highburn as part of their assets. Arabel is delighted to be able to live in her childhood house again and requests Garrick to forfeit the estate straight away but Garrick finally has a chance to have his revenge against Arabel and her family and doesn’t plan on going anywhere till he gets his share of the estate, his money and finally his revenge on the Rowland clan. But Garrick and Arabel don’t plan on their old feelings resurfacing and find themselves desperately fighting their love for one another which was never forgotten by either of them.
This has two of my favourite tropes in romance: a) a second chance at love from childhood b) rich girl, poor boy or vice versa and both rolled into one great book! Loved every minute of it and I’m tempted to re-read it again immediately, just so that I can revisit Garrick and Arabel. The love between the two characters is so palpable and honest, I was completely taken in by their heartbreak and their years of separation from one another. There are a few misunderstandings and secrets between the two, so it was a sigh of relief when they were all out in the open and Garrick and Arabel could at long last have their future together.
Anna Harrington does have a modern voice in her historical romances, noticeable but forgivable as the story had a great pace, wonderful characterization and two of my most loved tropes
*Thank-you Anna Harrington, Netgalley & Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) for the ARC.