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This is the story of Elspeth Lamond and the MacHugh. Elspeth is a provocative and feminine lass who lived in a turbulent time in Scotland's history, a period crowded with romance, intrigue, battles and characters that are memorable for their vitality and charm, their lust, strength and willfulness. Alexander MacHugh was head of one of Scotland's mightiest clans when the reThis is the story of Elspeth Lamond and the MacHugh. Elspeth is a provocative and feminine lass who lived in a turbulent time in Scotland's history, a period crowded with romance, intrigue, battles and characters that are memorable for their vitality and charm, their lust, strength and willfulness. Alexander MacHugh was head of one of Scotland's mightiest clans when the rebellious Highlanders rallied around the MacDonald banner. He was a man of massive will but gravely courteous demeanor, and he clashed with Elspeth at every encounter, his will pitted against hers, neither of them willing to surrender to an irresistible attraction.It was early in the seventeenth century in Scotland, and the men and women who lived, loved and fought then were no less stormy and unpredictable than the violent events which caught them up and determined their fates. In these pages you will meet the corrupt and ambitious Earl of Argyll, Elspeth's wily guardian, who epitomizes an insatiable greed for power and wealth; Kate MacLachlan, the beautiful and treacherous redhead, whose passion for Alexander MacHugh would stop at nothing for fulfillment; Gavin, the grim and mysterious youth with a scar across his cheek; Elspeth's half-sister, Jeanie Lamond, as fair and fresh as a May morning, and, of course, the many brave and gallant Scottish rebels, led by the MacDonalds, who harried the Campbells and would not be subdued by England.It seemed just another day when Elspeth Lamond rode into the wild and untameable hills and moors of the Highlands on a quiet mission from London, but within a few hours she was a captive riding in the rain toward an unknown destination. From the day of her abduction by a band of rough horsemen till the day she fled the thick walls of her guardian's castle, Elspeth's fate was irrevocably linked with the Lamonds and with their friend, the MacHugh, whose name reverberates through these pages with the vigor of a clash of arms....

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Bride of the MacHugh Reviews

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-04-27 18:07

    "She had never thought her name lovely until she heard him say it, his warm Scots voice lingering softly over the word."Fair warning: I am going to ramble like a loony bin in this review. I could give this five bright shining stars on one hand, or three grumpy stars on the other. I'm settling for four because the writing and the overall tone for this story are outstanding and far outdo many of the modern books that I read today. I've rated this based on a mix of literary merit and on my enjoyment, which is what I try to do with every book I read. I've been contemplating my feelings for Bride of the MacHugh for a few days now and I'm still unsure as to how I feel. I'll try to explain but it's going to sound like I'm talking in circles...which I am, because that's how my brain is working right now.(This gif is dedicated to Bama, because I know how she adores them:P )MY SYNOPSIS:Elspeth Lamond has spent her life in London with her mother, under the guardianship of the Earl of Argyll. When her mother extracts a promise while on her deathbed that Elspeth will go to Scotland to put herself under the protection of her Campbell family, she feels honor bound to hold up that vow. Only the warring clans in Scotland could make such a mess of her life, and being a woman in that time basically meant being reduced to a bartering tool. Elspeth finds herself in that very position, tossed around between the Campbells, Lamonds, MacHughs, and MacDonalds. Only the MacHughs do this in such a bold manner, stealing her away from her family and giving her no choice but to comply.But it is the proud and infamous Alex MacHugh who holds her reluctant interest. Their passion for each other is evident from their first meeting, but it's a fickle passion. Sometimes love and hate feel much the same. Elspeth feels lost and alone amid these wild people, and she resents the feelings that she feels for the MacHugh leader. "It was exceedingly difficult to keep her resolve, not to feel very young and lonely and forgotten. The world had narrowed down to the melancholy sky touching the tops of the mountains, those great squat monsters shouldering one on the other as far as the eye could see, and the grim MacHughs who rode beside her as strangers."MY THOUGHTS:And here comes the mess...I actually tend to like the historical novels...particularly Highlander romance novels...that add plotlines based loosely on historical characters and facts. It adds realism to the book and a gravity to the characters actions. And once I've read more than a few written about the same characters (ex: the Campbells, MacGregors, Earl of Argyll), I begin to paint a picture in my head of what might have ACTUALLY happened in real life. It's fascinating, albeit likely highly romanticized. Scotland is so rich in history, and there is so much to tell, that no matter what, it's always fascinating to me. Here is a picture of Fraoch Eilean, one of the major strongholds in the book:That being said, this book in particular was stuffed full of politics of the day and warring clans, name dropping, history and loads and loads of political intrigue and dialogue. Too much for my taste. It pushed the romance into a corner for much of the book. The balance between the romance and the multiple skirmishes and goings on around MacHugh and Elspeth was not actually balanced at all. There wasn't much face to face time between these two prideful lovebirds. But...and here comes the circles...what intimacy there was, was perfect. This is a couple that not only lusts and loves but they understand each other with a look, they touch each other without physical contact. The buildup of their romance is extremely slow, and it's phenomenal how the author leads the reader to believe so completely in this passion that they feel for each other without ever actually saying it outright. It felt very natural, even though Elspeth seemed to want to fight it. MacHugh...the arrogant bastard...simply chuckles at her stubborn refusal to acknowledge their attraction. And I chuckled right along with him, shaking my head and wishing I could just give her a little whisper in her ear to stop fighting the inevitable.The romance was wonderful, what there was of it. There really was too much history and politics for my taste, but I also believe that what is written in the pages of this book was meant to be just this way. Maybe it's a sign of modern literature that I've ventured so far into romance that my books need to be saturated with it. **Shrug** I don't really care, because I like what I like. Even with too much politics, it still didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. The love scenes are fade to black (which did not detract from my enjoyment here), and that also is somewhat of a pet peeve of mine, because I think that sex is vital to a relationship and it's very hard for me to believe in passion without reading the evidence of it. Which leads me to a huge no no that was within this book, and the reason that I couldn't give it five stars. This isn't a plot line spoiler, but I am tagging it for those who can't take minor spoilers.(view spoiler)[ MacHugh's lover, Kate, is a big part of the story. I had assumed when we first met her that they had been intimate prior to MacHugh's meeting Elspeth. Kate and Elspeth meet and it's obvious that Kate is jealous of the attention that MacHugh gives Elspeth. The women have a catty disposition toward each other, and MacHugh seems to be highly amused by this. And then, at around 40 PERCENT in to the book, it comes to light that he is STILL SLEEPING WITH HER. What the hell? Almost halfway through the story, and he's made it obvious that he is doing this weird chasing of Elspeth, and he's still boinking this woman? Then, a couple of scenes later, he has the gall to tell one of his friends that he is “being true to a certain lass.” When did this realization come about? There was no written evidence of him having any kind of mental turning point in which he decides to forgo his affair and be true to Elspeth.(hide spoiler)] I am shaking my damn head, because that seriously almost ruined this romance for me. I am, however, glad that I stuck it out. One of my favorite quotes: "...he had heard tales of the young MacHugh Chief, related to him with respect and admiration oft-times tinged with awe. The lad was a swordsman and fighter of great repute, but his most valuable asset was his ability to lead men. The MacDonlad cause was desperately in need of leaders, men the caliber of Alexander MacHugh, whose very name would bring men flocking to his banner."Rarely do I get to read an author as talented as this one in the genre that I adore. I find at times that I take the best of what is available rather than the best that there is. And that was not the case with this one. This is a beautiful novel, and despite my complaint, I very much recommend any historical romance lover who can set aside feminist tendencies to read this. For the era that it is written, it's one of the best I've read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Willow
    2019-05-07 17:30

    Before I start my review, I have to admit something. I loathe most Highland romances. It’s the hokey dialogue. All those ‘dinna noes’ and ‘oches’ drive me up the frickin’ wall. Every time I have to interpret what the supposedly, sexy Scott said, it pulls me right out of the story and makes me want to toss the book against the wall. I’m a firm believer that you can hint at a sexy, Scottish brogue without adding ‘dinna’ to everything the hero says. I also find most of the covers for Scottish romances annoying with their shirtless, hunky dudes wearing nothing but a kilt, a sword belt and knee high socks. All I can think of is... isn’t he freezing his ass off? Isn’t Scotland kind of cold? There seems to be a certain stereotype with Scottish heros. They’re smirky. They never get pissed, or sad, or embarrassed. They just smirk and say ‘dinna no lass’ ... and they say it a lot. A perfect example of this is Johanna Lindsey’s lame ass romance Love Me Forever. (Check out the goofy stepback!) I blame Lindsey and Karen Moning for making sure I didn’t read another Scottish romance for almost six years. So now that I’ve admitted this, you’re probably wondering why the hell did I read Bride of the MacHugh. It’s because I fell in love with the gorgeous Tom Hall cover. Yeah, I know it’s kind of shallow, but I have a weakness for beautiful covers. In fact, I buy books and hoard them for just for that reason alone.So let's talk about the cover. First, I love the way the two lovers stare at each other with such a deep, intense focus. Covers today do not have that much emotion in them. They’re bland. Most are headless or have a heroine staring off into space. They also don’t include the dorkier fashion accessories of the past. For instance, I have yet to see a cover with a codpiece. Most of them rarely show the men in tights, and where did all these leather pants come from? The fact that Hall included a ruff (which as Blackadder says, made Percy look like a stork who has swallowed a plate) makes me smile, especially since Hall made the ruff look cool. That’s not easy to do. I’m sure today, any cover would feature a half-dressed Scot with rippling muscles. (I just peeked... and guess what, I was right! He’s even headless.)So does the book have the same intensity as my cover? No. What can I say? I’m sure most books aren’t as amazing as their Tom Hall covers. But I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Jan Cox Spears writes extremely well. Her description is vivid, and she captures the time period. She also has a beautiful way with words. Elspeth put her hand against her cheek. The heavy gold ring was warm to the touch, as if it still held the heat of his blood with the metal.The characters were likable and had a mature romance (no annoying big misunderstandings). And Spears also hinted at a Scottish brogue without ever irritating me with it. There was only one ‘dinna’ in the whole dang book. Yay! The book isn’t perfect though. The scenes with MacHugh plotting against the Campbells bored me and I had a hard time keeping track of who was who with all the clans. The side characters are not unique and memorable, and I still don’t know the difference between some of the MacDonalds and Donald MacPhee, nor did I care.I like MacHugh and Elspeth though and enjoyed their romance. I believe this is one of the better Scottish romances I’ve read in a long time. I’ll give it four stars. ****

  • KC 2.0
    2019-05-03 23:25

    Pleasant, but the political themes and romance were underdeveloped despite the fine prose.I finished the book feeling dissatisfied with the short screen-time Alex and Elspeth had together. I could feel the chemistry between the two, but think more passion and angst could have been added in. To be fair, the amount that existed is in line with the conservative time period the novel was published in, and the book does straddle the line between historical fiction and historical romance closely. My other dissatisfaction lies with the lack of explanation for the clan warfare. Readers (like myself who aren't familiar with early seventeenth-century Scottish history) are left to infer that the feuding is in response to politics and the Campbell greed, but it's glossed over. (view spoiler)[This still doesn't fully explain why Elspeth's guardian Argyll feuded with the MacDonald clan in particular. Or why he held a grudge against both Elspeth's father and Alex, other than he resented their alliance with the MacDonald? (hide spoiler)]There's also mention of many different clans, titles and names that became overwhelming at first because the author dropped them into the story without giving them a context or prior explanation, if any. I eventually made sense of it all, but my reading pace slowed down as a result. It would have been helpful to have seen a list of the players and clans, and a map of the numerous castles relevant to the story.As for the protagonists, Alex personified the quintessential and charming alpha hero, while Elspeth exemplified the quietly stubborn heroine. I liked them both well enough, with Elspeth personifying a more fully developed character than Alex. I also thought the conflicts between them resolved themselves too easily (another consequence of the author not fully developing her concepts). Speaking of conflicts, I wasn't too keen on this plot development. (view spoiler)[Alex and Elspeth weren't a couple yet, but I didn't need to see the hero begin to bed the conniving other woman even if the actual coitus was off screen. Not so romantic! (hide spoiler)]Recommended if one likes historical fiction or a little romance with their political intrigue.

  • Dorcas
    2019-05-19 23:17

    So I wanted to like this. Scotland, warrior hero, atmosphere, intrigue, what's not to love, right? but I kept thinking to myself while I was reading, all the books I would rather be reading, and well, at the halfway mark I just couldn't force myself to finish it. It does nothing for me, what else can I say?I didn't like the characters, therefore I didn't really care what happened to them, so that's never a good sign. I did feel something for Gavin, the scarred younger brother but alas, he was not our hero. Our hero, of course, has to be an Alpha male and you all know what I think of them...There's also a LOT of religious cussing in it and it got very tiresome...God's blood, God's foot, God's truth, God's wound, Christ, Christ, Christ til I wanted to scream. And the grinning. Why do the men do nothing but grin? I wanted to smack their silly grins off their faces nearly every other page, it was so annoying. I don't know, the whole thing just didn't FEEL like the 1600s. And here's something that really puzzled me: the Highland chiefs etc were schooled in Paris as youths and even traveled the continent before heading back to their highland clans to fight their battles. Really?? It seemed about 200 years off. Help me out here. This really puzzled me.BOTTOM LINE: Turned out to be the wrong choice for me. I could have made myself finish it but like, why?

  • Regan Walker
    2019-05-06 19:25

    A Highland Classic and an Absorbing Love Story from 17th Century Scotland!My friends on Goodreads recommended this book to me, and I was happy to find it. A bestseller when it was first published in 1954, it has been off the market for some time. The edition I read was published in 1978, available used. It’s worth obtaining a copy, trust me. If I could give this novel more than 5 stars, I would. It’s a keeper and so well written it would be a good model for authors today. Even though there are no love scenes per se, there is a lot of sexual tension and much romance to satisfy the historical romance lover. The writing is simply beautiful.Set in the Scottish Highlands in 1614, it tells the story of Elspeth Lamond, a beautiful young woman, the product of a handfast 20 years earlier between her Campbell mother and Lamond father, both Scots. Raised in England, she is also a favorite at Queen Anne’s court. Her uncle, the powerful Archibald Campbell, Earl of Argyll, has plans to marry her off to a rich, titled man. But to fulfill a promise to her dying mother, Elspeth leaves London for the western coast of Scotland to Inverary, the home of the Campbells, her mother’s clan. On the way, she is abducted by the MacHughs and held at Rathmor castle where she was born, the lair of her father Robert Lamond and his ally, Sir Alexander MacHugh, Chief of Clan MacHugh—the feared “Black MacHugh.”From the very beginning, Alex is attracted to the strong willed Elspeth—a perfect match for him. He wants her as “his lass,” but does not speak of his love nor offer her marriage. Elspeth is exasperated by the arrogant Scots chieftain who kisses her whenever he likes. But along the way, she discovers she likes the Scots and the wilds of the Highlands—and she likes the MacHugh. As her father tells her of the qualities than make Alex stand out as a leader, respected by all, he says, “…Scotland is a quarrelsome place at times, my dear Elspeth, and a man must look sharp to keep his head intact upon his shoulders.” Schemes and treacheries abound in this well told tale, not only from Elspeth’s uncle, but from Alex’s mistress, the beautiful Kate who would force him to wed her by any means. Alex takes a stand with the MacDonalds in their battle for independence in the Isles against the Campbells, fighting as King James’s cats paw. The characters are compelling, the action suspenseful and the anxiety as to whether Elspeth will end up with the MacHugh will have you turning pages late into the night. I liked Alex and Elspeth so much they are going on my Favorite Heroes & Heroines list. Get this one!

  • Hannah
    2019-05-05 22:31

    I'm really torn on this one, as I usually love historicals with more history and less romance, but for some reason this book didn't fully deliver for me.All the elements were certainly in place for a five star book:- good writing style- a writer who seemed to have a grasp of the political situation of Scotland during the early 17th century- well fleshed characters (especially the swoon-worthy hero)However, by the end, I couldn't rate it higher then 3 stars because it ultimately didn't "click" with me. There seemed to be too much emphasis on the clan warfare side of the plot and not enough development between the hero and heroine's relationship. Like I said, I prefer my historical romances to be heavy on the historical, but if you've got a romance to tell, then TELL IT, develop it, and make it believable (sans the heaving breasts, swollen members and icky honey pots - of which this was mercifully absent).BotM is certainly a good book to read, it was just not a *great* book for me.

  • Naksed
    2019-05-08 18:26

    I almost DNF this book with only a hundred pages left to its conclusion. I am happy I gave it a chance. While it did not blow my mind and certainly will not become one of my favorite re-reads, it ended with quite a bang. Some pretty nifty plot twists and turns, an accelerated pace, and a quite satisfying conclusion almost made up for the very snail-paced, dry, ambivalent tone of the first two thirds of the book. Almost.(view spoiler)[Elizabeth I's death has led to her cousin's son, James Stuart, King of Scotland, to take over the throne in England. But he still has those pesky, rebellious highlanders to contend with. In the midst of this civil rebellion, Elspeth Lamond, a Highland native who has been raised in the English court all her life, returns to Scotland due to her mother's deathbed wish. There, she is kidnapped by one of those rebellious factions, the MacHugh clan, as they suspect her of being a spy for her kinsman, the reviled Earl of Argyll, who is bent on destroying the rebellious Highland clans for his King.Naturally, boy meets girl, girl hates boy, until finally boy and girl fall in love. There is much swashbuckling, adventures, battles, more kidnappings, and villainous traitors including a witchy OW who stabs them both in the back.Sounds really good and normally right up my alley. I definitely liked the kick-ass Elspeth who is more comfortable cross-dressing and riding astride her horse for a powerful jaunt across the highlands than prying a needle by the fireside in her satin gown.But I could not say the same of the MacHugh H. He seemed really wishy-washy for most of the story, and he expected a wee bit much from his paramour. I am not one to enjoy a story where the lass sits meekly by her loom waiting for the hero to rescue her again and again but in this case, it seemed like Elspeth pretty much was left to her own devices while Alex was off fighting For His Honor, kind of leaving her at the mercy of numerous villains and just expecting her to chin up and devise her way out. H was just not my cuppa. I need someone a bit more assertive and willing to let all the sarcasm and aloofness aside for at least five minutes in order to show me he is worthy of the heroine. (hide spoiler)]That being said, Jan Cox Speas is a superior writer whose style, knowledge, and imagination combined to make The Bride of the MacHugh a real time machine allowing me to travel in time and get lost in the world she created. I don't regret reading this at all. I am just waiting to find the book by this author who can really push me over the edge from a mere "it was okay" to a truly satisfying read.

  • Becky
    2019-05-06 00:35

    Another just okay read for me. I can't seem to shake this reading funk. I really enjoyed My Love, My Enemy by Speas and I can't say I was technically disappointed by Speas in this one either. The writing is just really well done. It's so...pretty. The first twenty pages in (as the heroine is being kidnapped by who I thought was the hero) I was so excited! I thought this was going to be a 5 star read for me. However, it went downhill from there. The hero turns out to be someone else and I just did not find his playboy, everyone-loves-respects-admires-him persona as endearing as I probably should have. I'm sure if I had read this plot ten years ago I would have loved this book, but I've read this same book so many times, over and over again with just the names changed that I discovered I was bored and wanting some great twist to happen. What if the heroine had run away with someone else or something? That would have really been fun!I think also that I just finished up a book that harped on feminism and was really in a GIRL POWER mood and a bodice ripper is really not something to pick up when you're in that frame of mind. I was so annoyed by the heroine's lack of choices and her docility throughout the story, when I didn't mind that at all inMy Love, My Enemy. It just goes to show so much of a book's success is determined by the reader's moods and timing. I would recommend this for anyone in the mood for a well written historical novel with a bit of romance thrown in. I really did enjoy the history lesson even if I wasn't as crazy about the two leads.

  • Diane Lynn
    2019-05-05 23:08

    Wow, what a wonderful book. I am so sad it is over. I will definitely be reading this one again, just wish I owned a copy. I read the 1954 edition at open library.I would call this a Scottish historical romance. There is hand fasting, reiving, receiving the letter of fire and sword, being put to the horn, ballads, clans and their families and castles. There are many clan and family names to keep track of. All of this rich Scottish history is brought into the story in a very natural way. There is no info dump. The author must have done a lot of research but I never felt that she was trying to overwhelm me with that research. There are also wonderful descriptions of the Highlands, complete with deep blue lochs, craggy peaks, mists, and ghostly blankets of fog. And then there are the snowy battlements! There is also a hero (or two) to swoon over, a spunky heroine with a mind of her own, an evil greedy villain and plenty of supporting characters. The only little thing there could have been more of was the romance. But what was there ended up being enough and was very well done. I loved the jingling bracelets.I won’t recap the story because the book blurb does a very good job of that and I wouldn’t want to give anything away. Yes, there are some twists and turns along the way. I think the author did a very good job with her characters as well as the Scottish history and setting.

  • Katherine
    2019-04-28 01:21

    Bride of the MacHugh, originally published in 1954, is one of those books marketed as romance, but which is actually well-written historical fiction that also happens to contain a love story. I suspect the covers chosen for the book were responsible for this erroneous pigeon-holing--the saying don't judge a book by its cover definitely applies here.Original cover artwork for the 1954 William Morrow & Co hardback publication.Cover art for the 1978 Avon paperback publication.(I'm not including the picture of the 2011 Sourcebooks edition because it's too tawdry and misleading.) In truth the novel, set in 1614, deals with some of the political maneuvering by one of the Earls of Argyll, Archibald Campbell, and skirmishes between the Campbell and MacDonald clans culminating in battle over Kintyre and the Isle of Islay. The love story played out against this background is one of substance and is beautifully written and in addition there are some truly lovely lyrical passages. My single complaint is the pacing is a tiny bit slow in spots but overall it's a wonderful reading experience. This one goes in my favorites.Highly recommended, 4.5 stars.

  • Adrianna
    2019-05-07 19:34

    I've been digging the Highlander novels lately, and I came across this old one from the 50's. They didn't have it at the library, and the reviews were good, so I took a chance on a used copy from Amazon.I started out really liking it. The story jumped right into action and intrigue, without a long buildup. The hero was arrogant and swaggering, the heroine feisty and defiant. All good, so far.But then the romance got completely mired in Scottish/English politics and inter-clan warfare. Some of it was interesting- I like a good historical novel- but it just wasn't interesting long-term and the romance got completely lost in it. And a lot of the time, I felt lost by how much time had past between scenes, about who was who (as the same person could be called by a lot of different names), and sometimes about just what was the significance of a statement made- that seemed plot defining- but had no follow up or explanation, and which I felt never was explained at all during the novel. There were so many MacDougals, Douglases, Donalds, MacDonalds, MacDingle, MacDangle (just kidding on the last two, but srsly...), that it was hard to keep people straight! And I'm used to reading Regency novels with all the "Firstname Middlename Anothermiddlename Lastname, Lord So-and-So, Duke of Someplaces" that go on for one person- I know how to keep my peeps straight!Besides all of this, because it really was sumptuously written and I wanted to like it, I found the hero quite the bastard. I pretty much despised him by the end. I think Elspeth should have slapped him more, and I definitely think she should have used her riding crop on him.

  • Julz
    2019-05-14 19:30

    Loved it! It plodded along but in an interesting manner. It was nicely balanced between the developing relationship between our H&h and interesting tidbits of military strategy, which I like for some unknown reason. The h wasn't an overly pure ninny and actually gave it up before he put a ring on it. She also didn't allow the evil OW get the best of her. The H was on the beta side of life but still had enough alpha to be considered studly IMO. Books are better when you don't hate the protagonists. Definitely would recommend.

  • Lede
    2019-05-04 21:37

    I wasn't impressed by the stereotypical characters; innocent virgin, the Man and the wicked mistress...sigh! I wanted bad things to happen to the h and H; arrogant, sanctimonious twits!Delicious(thanks Jacob Zuma, can't help but think of u every time I say that word!) cover art.

  • Jeri
    2019-05-10 20:11

    I read this book when I was in high school (in the 70's), and re-read it at least a dozen times!!! This was the book that started my love of Scottish Historical novels (I'm there at Barnes & Noble the day that the next Monica McCarty Highland Guard book is released!!). Wish I could find a copy in good condition - I think I'd even breakdown and get this in e-format if I could find it!! Loved this book!!!!!

  • Lory
    2019-05-03 19:27

    This was/is my all time favorite love story. I still have a tattered hard bound book on my shelf and bring it out ever so often to read it again. I've been reading it since high school and it still satisfies my yen for a love story.

  • Lorelle
    2019-05-10 18:24

    Loved this back in the day!

  • Sherron
    2019-04-24 22:24

    4.5. This was great.

  • Luvs2read
    2019-05-12 18:35

    Really a 4.5. The romance was filled with cliches (dark, handsome hero good at everything and a terrific leader at a young age [of course]; he rides a black stallion no one else can tame that rears on cue. Heroine lifts her chin and tosses her hair constantly, (view spoiler)[and must ... refuse ... to tell him how she feels ... so the book doesn't end too soon. (hide spoiler)] Lots of spirited banter, the hero laughing in a handsome way every page ...).On the other hand, the story is very good, the secondary characters are well-developed for the most part (the villainess is another cliche), and I didn't see the story twists coming. The history was terrific as well, and I enjoyed the machinations of the villain (Earl of Argyle) who is trying to play many people off each other, including King James I--he basically wants to set himself up as leader of Scotland by helping the king put down "rebellious" clans. Only two clans are involved, the Campbells (led by Argyle) and the MacHughs, led by our hero, Alexander (though he gives assists to the MacDonalds and Lamonds along the way). Our heroine, Elspeth, is the daughter of a Campbell lady and now Argyle's ward. You can see the clashes coming. She's supposed to marry the man her uncle Argyle chooses for her like a good young lady of the time, but of course, by chapter one, she has met Alexander MacHugh. Cue the drama. But in spite of the cliche elements (but then, this book was written in the mid-1950s and probably started the cliches), the novel is a good historical, fast-paced, full of action and interesting characters. I never felt lost, though a glance at a map of Scotland now and then is good for orientation.I recommend this book for readers of historical romance and historical adventure.

  • Lisa Claro
    2019-05-21 22:36

    This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've read it more times than I can count, and just finished reading it again. And it isn't my last time! I'll read it again at some point. I love, love, love this book! The author's voice is wonderful, and she brings the Highlands to life in this historical romance. Both the hero and heroine are memorable in so many ways---clearly, as I've spent so many hours with them over the years. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

  • Eve Culley
    2019-05-03 18:30

    I had read this book many years ago and my copy was misplaced. Early Aug. this year I wanted to read it again. (Books are my friends and I like to revisit them often.) So began the hunt for this book. Finally found a copy and reread this book. It was just as good as I remembered. I think you will enjoy this book as much as I have.

  • Claudia Foglein-Goins
    2019-04-24 18:24

    Have read and reread this book . I love it and its pretty clean .

  • Mary
    2019-04-22 21:37

    She is a spectacular author. I can't remember where I managed to find this book, but I was thrilled to get it. If you want a book about the ultimate alpha hero, this is the book for you. I've never read a more powerful male hero than this book. The reason I didn't rate this higher is that I want to know what's going on, I don't want to have to guess, and often in this book I felt like most of the action was going on off stage and I was supposed to just know. But that doesn't take away from the author's skill because even as I wondered what I was supposed to know was happening, the scene was beautifully painted. I'd run across My Love, My Emeny and decided there and then I had to own everything else Jan Cox Speas wrote so began searching. If you know and love Scottish history, don't miss this book.

  • Ellis Vidler
    2019-05-14 23:23

    Great story. The Scottish Highlands are always magical. Set in 1614, Bride of the MacHugh takes place more than 100 years before the Battle of Culloden (1745), but it gives a good picture of the conflict between the Highland Scots and the English. The history is worked skillfully into the story, never boring or slow. The characters are strong and appealing; the MacHugh is a proud and honorable warrior, and Elspeth is a fitting mate. It's time for this book to be republished. It was first printed in 1954 but the story is still relevant. It doesn't have the graphic sex of many of today's books, but the love story is powerful. I loved it. I must look for more by Ms. Speas.

  • Dendera
    2019-04-21 22:34

    This was my first novel by Jan Cox Speas, but I'll have to be honest. While it certainly did not dissapoint me, I could not've given it 5 stars because I'd hoped and expected something much more spectacular. Bride of the MacHugh is a beautifully written book, no doubt but I'd found the pace of the story to be very low for me. I usually prefer more fast-paced romance novels. But Jan is such a great writer no matter and the story itself is fascinating, although there was a lot of Highlandish politics in there that sometimes got me confused, it was a magnificent book overall.

  • CLM
    2019-05-17 00:29

    When Elspeth arrives unexpectedly in Scotland and is abducted by orders of the "Black MacHugh," the handsome laird of clan MacHugh, she takes him to task for his arrogance, and a spark ignites between these two strong-willed people. An old fashioned and breathtaking historical romance by a talented author.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-20 20:21

    This was my first ever bodice-ripper. Pretty tame stuff, thank goodness. I'm a light-weight. Well-written, I think. Like another reviewer mentioned, it's more historical than historical romance. An emphasis on the male characters and their political as well as physical battles. Nothing earth shattering but keeps the pages turning.

  • Faeriefolk15
    2019-05-06 22:18

    I read this book as a teen and loved it, and over the years I've re-read it several times and it has never disappointed. Romance and historical fiction are not usually my genres, but this one is one of my favorites.

  • Gloria Lorraine
    2019-04-22 20:31

    I read this book when I was just 14-years old and have never forgotten how much I enjoyed it! I am thrilled to have found it once again after 60 years. I have read literally thousands of books but remember very few as I remember this one! Am looking forward to rereading it very soon!

  • Suzume
    2019-05-06 22:35

    This is an oldie but a goodie. One of my favorite books of all time. Just a classic romance that sweeps you away. I actually have 2 copies! One is a backup incase one gets damaged or lost. Crazy I know, but I need this book!

  • Mary23nm
    2019-04-28 20:33

    The writing was excellent. (view spoiler)[It didn't quite make it to five stars for me due to some of the things other reviewers have mentioned and I felt the story was left a little unfinished. (Was his mistress Kate pregnant or not?, etc) (hide spoiler)] 4/5 stars