June 15, 2008

Hola from Cancun, Mexico!

In Holling's superb trilogy, it's 1597, and Scotland is no place for witches. After Alan MacDonell's wife was burned at the stake, he sent his three daughters away. Now he is dying and sends three escorts to bring them back to marry men he believes will protect them from the witch hysteria.Gillian is now to marry Nicholas Lyon, the powerful Earl of Kincreag. In their story, My Devilish Scotsman, Gillian is drawn to Nicholas and anxious to be a good countess since she has no discernable powers. Nicholas promised his best friend, Alan, he would marry one of his daughters, and that's all there is to it, but Gillian sneaks through his defenses. Then, just as he lets down his guard, Gillian discovers that she has powers as a necromancer, one who can speak with the dead.
Medieval Scotland comes to life in Holling's tantalizing trilogy, and each book is moving and engrossing, as each tormented hero is saved, not by the powers of the MacDonell sisters but by their love. Through her alluring characters, Holling celebrates the triumph of good over evil, especially in dangerous times, and no
one should miss these fine romances.

of all, greetings from Cancun, Mexico! I wish that I could begin to explain the beauty of this place, but it would do no justice. Perhaps once I'm back in the states I will post a photo or two so that you all can be jealous.

But on to the real reason you are here. I recently finished this Jen Holling book on my plane ride. As
the synopsis says, it is the second in the trilogy about three witches from Scotland. The romance in these books floor me. I really end up loving the characters and am almost as desperate for them to fall in love as they, in the book, are. I find that these aren't quite "amazing," but definitely do not deserve to be shelved with those other really trashy romances with equally lame titles and covers. This trilogy is quite good. One of the things that I love the most about it is that you can literally read it in one day without taking a ridiculous amount of time out of your day. It's light and fun and exciting.

now I am reading Amanda Grange's Mr. Darcy's Diary. I started it this morning by the pool and am already half way through it. Which means two things: 1) it's that good and enjoyable. and 2) that I spent way too much by the pool today and probably burnt my poor Irish skin to a crisp. Bah, it's worth it to get inside the mind of the greatest male character of all time: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Come on, how could any girl not have a crush on him?

1 comment:

Amy said...

I am already jealous...sitting by the pool reading! Ah...sounds so good! Hope you have a great time!