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Sadly, she died of a heart attack in late October while on the west coast visiting her brother who was dying from a brain tumor, a double tragedy for their mother. Brife 30, Lisa Claro rated it it was amazing.

I think you will enjoy this book as much as I have. 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 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. So does the book have the same intensity as my cover?

I will definitely be reading this one again, just wish I owned a copy.

Bride of the MacHugh

I’ve never read a more powerful male hero than this book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She also didn’t allow the evil OW get the best of her. I read this book when I was in high school in the 70’sand re-read it at least a dozen times!!!

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 like MacHugh and Elspeth though and enjoyed their romance. Most are headless or have a heroine staring off into space. I suspect the covers chosen for the book were responsible for this erroneous pigeon-holing–the saying don’t judge bridee book by its cover definitely applies here.

Cover art for the Avon paperback publication. 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.


I usually prefer more fast-paced romance novels. I never felt lost, though a glance at a map of Scotland now and then is good for orientation. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. One of my favorite books of all time. It also takes far too long to reveal the MacHugh. Finally found a copy and reread this book. Another just okay read for me.

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I love, love, love this book!

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I don’t know, the whole thing just didn’t FEEL like the s. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. The love scenes are fade to black which did not detract from my enjoyment hereand 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.

Her uncle, the powerful Archibald Campbell, Earl of Argyll, has plans to marry her off to a rich, titled man. An old fashioned and breathtaking historical romance by a talented author. I still have a tattered hard bound book on my shelf and bring it out ever so often to read it again. View all 13 comments.

This really puzzled me. 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.

There really was too much history and politics for brride taste, but I also believe that what is mchugh in the pages of this book was meant to be just this way.

It felt very natural, even though Elspeth seemed to want to fight it. Jan 20, Gloria Lorraine rated it it was amazing.

I find at times that I take the best of what is available rather than the best that there is. This was my first ever bodice-ripper. 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.


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I have read literally thousands of books but remember very few as I remember this one! It adds realism to the book and a gravity to the characters actions. There seems to be a certain stereotype with Scottish heros. Nothing earth shattering but keeps the pages turning. The H was on the beta side of life but still had enough alpha to be considered studly IMO. The hero turns out to be someone else and I just di Another just okay read for me. Heroine lifts her chin and tosses her hair constantly, view spoiler [and must I’m not including Bride of the MacHughoriginally published inis one of those books marketed as romance, but which is actually well-written historical fiction that also happens to contain a love story.

On the other hand, the story is very good, the secondary characters are well-developed for the most part the villainess is another clicheand I didn’t see the story twists coming. 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.

I loved the jingling bracelets. But it is the proud and infamous Alex MacHugh who holds her reluctant interest. 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.

He seemed really wishy-washy for most of the story, and he expected a wee bit much from his paramour.