Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review: The Highlander's Sword by Amanda Forester

I don't spend much time in the mainstream romance aisle of Barnes and Noble, so if I hadn't read author Amanda Forester's guest post at the Seekerville blog I might have missed this gem completely. The Highlander's Sword is a mainstream romance that deserves honorary edgy inspirational status.

Lady Aila Graham's future is laid out for her. She will care for her ailing mother until she passes, then join the convent and devote her life to God. But when her father unexpectedly marries her off to Scottish Laird, Padyn MacLaren, Aila must cling to the promises of scripture and trust the Lord will not leave her or forsake her. It's a good thing she has her faith to hold onto, because getting married was just the beginning of a very bumpy ride. She still needs to escape from a kidnapper, help prevent the siege of her land, and thaw the heart of her new husband.

Forester crafted a rich setting, filled it with likable, well rounded characters and threw them into an adventure that I couldn't put down. I loved the banter between MacLaren and his right hand man, Chaumont, a French knight with a spotty heritage. Chaumont nearly stole the show as my favorite character (in my head his name was Charmant, French for charming).

This book is saucier than traditional inspy romance, and the message of faith is more subtle, but this book holds crossover appeal, and fans of edgy inspirational will not be disappointed. Although it is a mainstream romance, there is no explicit sex (eventually the hero and heroine do get to know each other in the Biblical sense, but it is described tastefully using pretty general terms) and there is only an occasional crude word.

Now, speaking of crude words, if I had an eraser, there is one that I would have liked to delete. The hero confuses his um, manhood, with a rooster once in this novel. I dunno, there's just something about that phrase along with "moist" and "full retail price" that really turns me off. But it only occurs that once, and thankfully not during the love scene.

All things considered, I highly recommend this book to fans of edgy inspirational fiction. If you give it a chance, you might find you love just as much as me.

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:

A quiet flame haired beauty with secrets all her own.

Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent, until her brother's death leaves her an heiress. Soon she is caught between a hastily arranged marriage with a Highland warrior, the Abbot's insistence that she take her vows, the Scottish Laird who kidnaps her, and the traitor from within who betrays them all.

She's nothing he expected and everything he really needs.

Padyn MacLaren, a battle-hardened knight, returns home to the Highlands after years of fighting the English in France. MacLaren bears the physical scars of a battle, but it is the deeper wounds of betrayal that have rocked his faith. Arriving with only a band of war-weary knights, MacLaren finds his land pillaged and his clan scattered. Determined to restore his clan, he sees Aila's fortune as the answer to his problems...but maybe it's the woman herself whom he really needs...

My rating:

Amanda also guest blogged here, at Edgy Inspirational Romance. Read about the day she got "the call."


  1. Thanks for joining in iFellowship! We always love to see your link up. I love your blog! Thanks again.


  2. Hi Joy!
    I'm visiting you from iFellowship! Great looking blog! I too am nursing a blog addiction. I just got a blackberry and now I never miss a thing!

    i would love for you to come see me at Living Above Ministries!

  3. Hello! Popping in from iFellowship at Seeds of Faith Women! Hope you find time to stop by Homemaker Honey and say, "G'Day!"

    Enjoy this day the Lord had made!
    Homemaker Honey

  4. I love to read! I will have to check into this book! Stopping by from iFellowship!

  5. Hi Joy - I dropped by to visit your blog on the recommendation of iFellowship and will now look forward learning more of this "edgy inspy romance" genre.

    Afterall, my life is a non-fiction inspy epic and when you introduce my husband into the picture - Inspy Romance! I've been thinking about fictionalizing part of it for publication sometime!

    I'm going to hang around and see what I can learn here.

  6. Very well-written review! I'm not a big romance fan, but I always stop by to read your reviews, as my daughters are, but don't like novels that are too 'racy'!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  7. @Meghan- iFellowship is one of my favorite blog hops!

    @Penny- I hear ya' sister. I have an iPhone and I am compulsive about checking my email, my blog, my twitter, my's definitely becoming a problem!

    @Deborah- Thanks for stopping by!

    @Joy- You have a really nice name! ;)

    @Sharon- That's how I started writing, I took a real event and it morphed into a story that doesn't resemble my life at all anymore. But it was a nice starting point.

    @Julie- I get such a kick out of the fact people (besides me) are out there reading my reviews. Thanks so much for following my blog.

    I will pay a visit to everyone's blog this evening. Thanks again for visiting!

  8. Cool. Love the rooster reference. :) I knew what you were saying without saying it. This sounds like a book I need to check out and review, too.

    I'm using another person's log in right now so I'm going to say that I'm not anonymous but Michelle Sutton. I just didn't want the other person's name to show. :)

  9. Yeah, Michelle, I think you'll like this one. We don't get a lot of Scottish Highlander stories in inspy either. I liked visiting a different setting.

  10. not really my kinda book, but awesome review!

    I'm stopping by from the Book Blog Hop

    I'm already a Follower!

    Happy Friday & Happy Reading!

    Have a great weekend!

    Welcome To Larissa's Bookish Life!

  11. Just stopping by for the hop!!! I also enjoyed your review of this book, it looks like a fun read!!!

  12. omg i love highlander books and haven't heard of this one...I HAVE to get it :) lol

    I'm your newest follower from the blog hop..I'd love for you to stop in and check out my blog
    if you get a change {book and product reviews, giveaways, family stuff and more}.
    Have a wonderful weekend ♥

  13. Blog-hopping by--I already follow. :-) I may have to check this one out. Thanks for the lovely review!


  14. Nice looking blog! Just popping in from the Blog Hop!

    I am now a brand new follower!

    Have a great weekend.

  15. Hey you, just following on the hop and the Friday Follow. Great site. Come visit me.
    See ya!

  16. You gotta love those Highlanders! :)

  17. Just hopping by! Great blog, I'm now a follower!
    My Friday Follow/Blog Hop

  18. Stopping by from the hop. Have a great weekend!

  19. Wow! This is one of the busiest hop days I've had in a while. Thanks for stopping by everyone! I will be visiting your blogs this evening.

  20. I'm visiting on the Blog Hop Tour and I'm very excited about finding your blog. Edgy Inspirational - what a find! I love it! I'm coming back to check out your other reviews. This one sounds like something I would definitely like - not that I need another book, but...

    I'm following you now. When you get a chance, check out my blog at:

    See you soon!

  21. Hi Joy,

    I love that the main character confuses his manhood with a rooster! After all, roosters are the reason the word to which you're referring here is used in the way it's used.

    Thanks for dropping by my lil outback blog!

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  23. I loved this book, too! I was surprised to see the inspirational theme, and the author did it so well! I remember really liking the secondary hero, he was a cutie!!


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