Book Review: A Highland Knight to Remember by Amy Jarecki

A Highland Knight to Remember is the third book in the Highland Dynasty series by Amy Jarecki. In 15th century Scotland, Gyllis Campbell arrives at the Beltane festival with one thing on her mind—to win the heart of Sir Sean MacDougall once and for all. Astonishingly, Sir Sean would like nothing more than to oblige the lovely lass. But when news of his father’s death arrives, Sean races for Dunollie Castle. Unaware of Sean’s tragedy, Gyllis departs the festival thwarted. Worse, a terrible illness strikes her down, and she’s sent to the cloisters of Ardchattan Priory for healing. Plagued by raids on his lands and deception in his ranks, Sean is embroiled in a battle to regain control. Pulled in a myriad of directions, adversity runs rampant as Gyllis struggles to regain her health and Sean battles the very demon who covets his title. Fighting for their lives, both must prevail before their love can blossom.

A Highland Knight to Remember is a complicated romance, with many conflicts and problems that need to be overcome before Gyllis and Sean find their happy ending. I do not remember reading the previous books in this series, but did not feel like that interfered with the reading of this book. I liked Gyllis, she was smart and strong willed as well as compassionate and generous. She had a nice balance. Sean shared the balance of strength and caring, and his major fault was a fairly typical male pride issue. Even though family conflict, serious illness, and more were obstacles the pair found their way through the significant hardships to come together. I do not remember reading about any pair facing quite this many challenges in a single book. I did have a few moments of wondering what else could possibly befall these two, and one bit that I found completely unbelievable- however reading is my escape from reality so a break from it is alright. I liked the notes at the end explaining the historical inspiration, changes, and research.

A Highland Knight to Remember is a historical romance with solid research behind it and solid characters. There is a very involved story line but it does all come together nicely. I found it a little heavy on disasters and complications, but when the book reached its final resolutions I was satisfied. This is not a book for pure escapism but is still a solid read. 

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