Thursday 20 June 2019

Audio: Highland Crown by May McGoldrick

Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill, Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Royal Highlander, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-30-19
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
For review
Romantic fiction historical

I must say, this was not historical romance. Not quite historical fiction either, so let us say romantic historical then.

See, it was more about the struggle of the Scots, riots, talks of freedom, the run from the evil British, her being a doctor, than actual romance. When the book ended all I thought was Scotland needs to be free! So yes that says a lot.

Isabella are running from the British army (though I did think they spent WAY too much effort on finding her.) On her way to freedom she finds a cranky, but nice old lady. And then she meets Cinead.

Oh yes Cinead, the blurb makes it so that we get to know his secret, but that actually comes out at the end. Of course it was quite easy to figure out. But he was this nice guy who wanted to protect her, and that is so not easy with all those evil Brits after her. Brits are so EVIL! I know about what they did in Scotland, how they took land and destroyed villages, but ugh, they are so evil.

It was not the light read that I expected. Lots of darkness, mistrust and it does not even end with a solid hea, as the author says that their hea will continue in the next books (which are about her sister and stepdaughter.)

I did like it, but yes I do confess it was not what I expected.

Raphael Corkhill, Saskia Maarleveld
I have not listened to Corkhill before, but I did enjoy his narration, and he made it seem like the Cinead point and the quotes at the beginning was narrated by two different narrators. So that was very well done. Also Scottish accent, rawr

I have listened to Saskia before and I do enjoy her style. Isabella and a certain cranky lady sure shone through

Inverness, 1820 

Perched on the North Sea, this port town - by turns legendary and mythological - is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts.    

WANTED: Isabella Drummond 

A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery - and fury - in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters...and her heart into flames.     

FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh 

Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself...until Isabella saved his life - and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe is to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together...for eternity?


  1. Based on that cover, I would have thought romantic fiction too, but I find that I'm enjoying more historical info the older I get. Glad you enjoyed it. Hugs, RO

    1. Well it was romantic fiction, just not historical romance. it was way too light for his fic

  2. That's awesome when you don't expect it and then love it!

  3. Even if it's not what you expected I'm glad you liked it

    1. I do wonder why it is out as his rom, I just did not feel that

  4. Weird how their HEA comes in books about other people. It will be interesting to see if she can pull that off well.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. There was a hfn, but that is just so not hea

  5. Interesting, yeah not really a romance since the HEA is in another book. I prefer each holds its own romance if it has one but the series itself can have an overall arc.

    1. It was strange that their story continues even when it will be about another people

  6. "Isabella are running from the British army (though I did think they spent WAY too much effort on finding her.)"

    You know they didn't have anything better to do ;) No TV or anything fun.

  7. You made me chuckle at the evil Brits. While it is a little dark I'd say it sounds like a good story and I love a bit of Scots!

  8. I like the sound of a romantic historical versus a historical romance - I tend to enjoy books that place more emphasis on history, and a nice romance is just a bonus :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Same! Though I do think it should be out as his rom then, but maybe other thought it as his rom, but not this gal

  9. Yeah, the cover is somewhat misleading because it looks like a typical historical romance. Glad it was good once you got adjusted to the more fictional feel to it.

    1. For me it certainly wasn't, I guess some go along for the ride, but it was not that much romance



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