Desert Isle Keeper
Wedding the Highlander
For those of you who have waited patiently for the final chapter in Chapman’s Highlander trilogy, Wedding the Highlander was so worth the wait. In Michael MacBain’s story, there is a lot more magic, a more intense romance and whole lot of great sex.
Libby Hart is a trauma surgeon from California and she’s running from her old life because of a new talent – she discovers she can heal without the help of a scalpel. This newfound talent scares her and not knowing what to do so, she runs. She finds a house in Maine using the Internet and decides to give up medicine and work with her hands in a different way, making jewelry.
Michael MacBain is an eight hundred year old highlander who was pulled forward in time. He owns and manages a Christmas tree farm in Maine and is a single father to eight-year-old Robbie. To Michael, his child and his farm are his life. After losing so much in his lifetime, he’d decided the only love he has left to give is to his son – until he meets Libby.
Robbie MacBain is a special little boy, with the wisdom of an old man and a heart of gold. Robbie decides his father needs a wife and put his mothers’ old house up for lease on the Internet, trusting that the right women for his dad will answer the ad. His wish was granted when Libby answered the ad. With a little help from his pet owl, he sets his dad and Libby on the path to finding each other.
As a reader, I was half in love with Michael MacBain after the first book (Charming the Highlander), in which he’d lost the woman he loved, was raising his son, and his only family was the family he adopted by buying and working on their tree farm. When this book begins, he’s struggling once again with grief and overwork. Robbie knows his dad needs help so he sets out to get himself a new mom. Libby literally crashes in into their lives, Michael rescues her, and there is an instant connection.
One of the things I really like about this book is there is no fighting – both Libby and Michael know within moments of their meeting that they are going to be together. Because both harbor such tremendous secrets, they decide their safest course would be to have a physical relationship only. After all, she can heal with her hands and he is over 800 years old. Libby fears that if he finds about her magical abilities, he would not want to be with her, and Michael is afraid that if he tells her the truth about where he is from, Libby would run like Robbie’s mother did.
I loved this book. The characterization was great. The secondary characters had personality and spunk and help propel the story between Libby and Michael along. Most of the characters from the other two books make an appearance in this book, but they do not take over. You see just enough of them to help tell the story. Although the plot was somewhat predictable, it also surprised me in certain places. And the setting was so well rendered that while reading, I felt I was in Maine, in the snow.
By the time I finished Wedding the Highlander, I was sad, but my face also hurt from smiling so much. Having been a bit disappointed with the second book in this series (Loving the Highlander), I wasn’t sure what the third would be like. For those who loved the first book in this trilogy, rest assured – the ending of it surpasses the beginning. And it’s not entirely an ending, Robbie MacBain’s story is due next fall and Winter MacKeage’s the fall of 2005. I’ll be waiting, but not at all patiently.