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It’s an enchanting Christmas in the Highlands with some of your favorite Historical Romance authors!
It’s Christmas Eve 1747, and the Highlands are snowy. In the village of Calvine, north of Tay Forest, along a road that leads straight into Inverness, the only tavern in town is packed to the rafters with travelers.
Eight months after the disastrous defeat at Culloden, the people haven’t recovered, nor has the land, and it’s a bad winter. But inside the tavern known as Balthazar’s Inn, the magic that is Christmas is about to happen.
A blustery innkeeper, his sensitive daughter, and a cast of unique characters passing through the careworn tavern will bring you six captivating stories of reflection, joy, and enthrallment that is the very spirit of the holiday season.
Welcome to an enchanting limited-edition collection you won’t soon forget!
The Knight of Christmas Future by Kathryn Le Veque – When James de Lohr heads into the wilds of Scotland to discover what happened to his brother at the Battle of Culloden, his stay at Balthazar’s Tavern has an unexpected twist. On a night when angels walk the earth, James comes face to face with his very own guardian angel.
Fiona and the Three Wise Highlanders by Jennifer Ashley – Fiona McDonald is overjoyed to see Stuart Cameron alive and well after his imprisonment by the English, but her worries are not over. Stuart Cameron owes his safety to a pair of smugglers who have come to collect on their debt, and Stuart will need her help to win himself free.
One Knight’s Stand by Tanya Anne Crosby – Lady Elizabeth Easton finds herself suffering a terrible case of wedding nerves. She feigns illness, stopping to recover at a highland inn where she signs in as the “MacKinnon’s bride.” Presumed dead at Culloden, Callum MacKinnon stops at the inn, intending to clean up before his return as the prodigal son. Imagine his surprise to find his “bride to be” has already procured them a room.
The Earl of Christmas Past by Kerrigan Bryne – A solstice blizzard drives Victorian photographer Vanessa Latimer to a crowded Highland Inn where the only available room is haunted by the ghost of a fallen warrior unwilling to give up his side of the bed.
Highland Hearts by Darcy Burke – When Tavish Crawford learns treasure hunter Elspeth Marshall is on the trail of his family’s missing legacy, he swears to prevent her at any cost. As nefarious forces threaten them both, he realizes he must not only protect the mystical sword, but the woman who has stolen his heart.
The Highlander Who Nearly Stole Christmas by Eliza Knight – For eight months, Thane Menzies has patiently waited to enact his revenge against the Campbells, and finally, he can’t resist the opportunity that’s presented itself: stealing their most precious treasure for his own—Lady Sarah.
From our families to yours, we wish you the very best of the holiday season!
These stories were at times very emotional. There were times that I laughed and there were times I swooned. I think you will find every flavor of highlander story in this collection. There is definitely a winter feel that made me feel cozy by the fire. Yes, there is romance, not always the steamy kind either, which is a really nice balance. You get to experience different authors and their writing. I actually discovered new authors that I can’t wait to explore their other books. I always need an excuse to read more books based in Scotland.
I think my favorite story in the bunch was the one by Darcy Burke. It had a beautiful mix of adventure and romance.
So definitely check this story collection out if you are in the mood to get lost in Scotland for awhile.