Monday, December 7, 2009
"A Highlander Christmas" by Janet Chapman for Pocket Blog Book Tours
My rating 4.5 out of 5
Where the book came from: received as part of Pocket Blogs Book tours (although I had it on my wish list on Paperbackswap and had thought about buying it.
Synopsis from Amazon.com:
"Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annual winter solstice celebration. But Luke is hiding his own secret, and he'll need a little bit of magic to earn Camry's trust...and a whole lot of mistletoe to seduce his way into her heart."
This is part of Chapman's Highlander series. It is the seventh book in the series. Prior to this I had already read the previous books and enjoyed them. The first two are among my favorite books. As the series has gone on I've started to get some of the characters a little mixed up but I still enjoy them and the magic they contain. I think Camry may be the last unmarried daughter out of Grace and Greylen MacKeage's seven daughters. She has burned out and is taking a break from NASA while working in a small town not far from her family as a dog sitter and bartender. The Luke drops in and things start happening. Believing in a little magic is so fun in December, who wouldn't like to be able to believe for just a little while, but while Camry is open to the magic that is pat of her family heritage, Luke is very grounded in science. When they get married by a wizard turned justice of the peace they both have to evaluate what it means to love "uncompromisingly, unpretentiously, and unconditionally" and make allowances and adjustments for each other. Through an avalanche on a Maine mountainside they both work through their doubts about life, magic and science. This was the perfect December story for snuggling by a fire and watching miracles happen.