“Although I didn't find this story as emotionally satisfying as her earlier works, I did enjoy the story of two people with a common goal but different methods to achieve the end. Classic elements of clan warfare, secret identities and all comsuming passion are well written. My biggest complaint...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Balfour locks up Maldie, she escapes and goes to kill her father Beaton and rescue Eric - heart shaped birthmark shows him as enemy Beatons' son, not bastart Murray as Balfour and all thought, and Maldie's 1/2 brother.”Andrea G. wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although I didn't find this story as emotionally satisfying as her earlier works, I did enjoy the story of two people with a common goal but different methods to achieve the end. Classic elements of clan warfare, secret identities and all comsuming passion are well written. My biggest complaint was that there wasn't enough female presence in the whole story. All in all it was a good beginning for the Murray sagas. ”Roxhill wrote this review Thursday, March 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The year is 1430 and we are introduced to the Murray clan, headed by Balfour Murray, the laird of Donncoill. After hearing the news that the family enemy, Sir William Beaton, captured his younger brother Eric, he sets out to Dubhlinn intent on getting Eric back. But when they are met by defeat, they head home planning another attack when a woman steps out on the road. When she offers to tend to his brother Nigel's wounds, he finds that she had a real gift of healing and offered his hospitality in return for nursing his brother back to recovery.
Maldie Kirkcaldy knows that Balfour's kindness would change had he known of her true identity. However, seeing that they are both intent on exacting vengeance from Beaton, and knowing that she could use some shelter and food while planning her revenge, she journeys back to Donncoill with the Murrays, even though she is aware that Balfour's interest in her goes beyond her healing skills for deep down, she is also aware of her shared attraction with the laird and it doesn't take long before she finds herself disgusted by her weakness to his seduction.
Soon the passion they share lead to deeper feelings for each other. But in spite of their growing love, both are tormented by their secrets and doubts. Balfour knows that Maldie isn't exactly who she claims to be and he is intent on knowing the secrets of the elusive and skittish woman who has captured his heart. Maldie on the other hand is torn between revealing the truth to Balfour and risking everything they had shared, while still planning to fulfill the vow she had made to her dying mother. And when his suspicions of her betrayal forced her to escape and rescue Eric to prove her innocence, Balfour soon realizes his mistakes and now seeks another victory: Maldie's heart.
Although it lacks the humor of the other books in the Highland series, Highland Destiny features good leads and secondary characters. Balfour is not your typical alpha-male for he is plagued with insecurities about his looks and even feels threatened by his brother, Nigel, who also falls in love with Maldie thus adding to a bit of competition. And Maldie isn't your usual well-bred lady having been born illegitimate and having endured a harsh life with a bitter mother who nearly forced her to a life of prostitution.
HIGHLAND DESTINY is the first in Hannah Howell's trilogy set in medieval Scotland featuring the Murray brothers. Filled with deceit, misunderstandings and passion, it is a good introduction to the Murray brothers who would surely capture your heart. The other two books are HIGHLAND HONOR featuring Nigel and HIGHLAND PROMISE with Eric. ”