on January 5th 2018
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The Highlander’s vow versus the surgeon’s oath…
Angus MacLeod is always getting everyone else out of trouble. When a bonnie lass appears naked on the beach, he’s compelled to rescue her.
Only, Lila Salinas doesn’t need saving. Her oath as a surgeon is to heal others, even when yanked back to 1692.
Angus is immediately intrigued with the take-charge lass. His father gravely injured, so her appearance holds whispers that everything happens for a reason.
Lila is anxious to get back to modern times, but she can’t leave a sick patient. The longer she remains in the 17th century, the more distant her dreams in the 21st feel. She flirts with the idea that staying is perhaps more destiny than chance.
Angus is convinced the healer from the future is his Fate, and he’s determined to have her for keeps. He just has to persuade her they’re destined, and their love is worth fighting for.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Highland Oath is the first book in the Highland Treasures series by C.A. Szarek.
Lila Salinas is a surgeon in the modern day. After losing a patient two of her friends insist on taking her on a trip in order to help keep her mind off the tragedy. While they are walking along the beach Lila discovers that a necklace, a very precious gift from her late grandmother is missing. The women all start searching along the shore for it, they end up separated and when a sudden wind blows up, it overwhelms Lila. The wind turns out to be a mystical one which pulls her back in time to 1692 where she wakes up disorientated and naked on the beach, the only thing with her is her necklace which she found and has clasped in her hand.
Angus MacLeod’s first glimpse of Lila is a view of her bottom as she is trying to get up from the sand. A very beautiful sight for him, as is the rest of her when she finally stands up. Ever the gentleman, he quickly passes her something to cover up with and whisks her back to his home on his horse. Angus and his family know all about the Faery Stones, the portal to time travel, in fact, two other women have travelled through them and have married into the family, so it’s no shock at all to him to find Lila. When she finally comes to her senses he has to explain to her about her time travel and about how far she has come back in history.
The first few chapters that described the above captured my attention so much that despite only wanting to read a few chapters before bed, I ended up reading the whole book. The instant attraction between Angus and Lila was fabulous. Lila didn’t want to give in to her feelings because she was determined to go back to her own time. Before they could send her back though she had a responsibility to look after Angus’ father who had a compound fracture to his leg. The accident occurred just before Lila arrived on the beach. She fixes the fracture and agrees that she should stay until he is up on his feet before returning to her time.
Of course, the more time she spends with the family, especially Angus, the more she questions her decision to return home. Even when she and Angus are caught up in passion, and wow, what a passionate man he is, she still doesn’t want to give in to her heart.
This story was a joy to read, it had the drama of surgery in olden days where Lila had to make do with the equipment of the day. Could she save the lives of two people in the book that need her help? It had the fantasy aspect of time travel which was made to be believable, and of course, it had the relationship between Lila and Angus to enjoy. A thoroughly romantic story from beginning to end that I definitely recommend.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.