After all that horror for Halloween I needed something to lighten up the mood a bit. It was fortunate that Cathy Maxwell's The Scottish Witch arrived. Still keeping a bit on the supernatural side, though :P
This is the second installment in Maxwell's Chattan Curse trilogy and it hit shelves just this week.
At twenty-seven, Portia Maclean has accepted the fact that she's a spinster. Never having fallen in love, and having grown up witness to her parents' strained relationship, she doesn't really feel she's missing out. But she's determined that her sister will be able to marry for love. In spite of their precarious position, they've been able to make it work... until now. When Harry Chattan arrives in their small village, Portia comes up with a plan. Chattan is searching for a witch he thinks may finally relieve his family of the curse that was set upon them generations ago. And Portia just happens to have recently discovered a book of spells. If she plays the situation right, she may be able to take Chattan's reward money and get her family set -- for a little while. But Chattan is not some silly man suffering from crazy superstition, nor is he one to be played for a fool.
The Scottish Witch was the perfect sort of pick me up, light read for my post Halloween horror marathon. This is an adorable story and one that I want to see through to the end. I've not yet read book one, though it's not totally necessary to read it prior to Scottish Witch as Lyon's Bride concerns Harry's brother. Their story will come to a conclusion in book three, The Devil's Heart, which concerns Harry's sister, Margaret.
The Scottish moors, a curse, witches, and all set in the 1800s, this was bound to be fun. And it most definitely was! Throw in a headstrong and stubborn pair of leads and some steamy scenes, and The Scottish Witch turns into the perfect read for a cold and dreary evening.
Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy to offer up for giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment here (with your email addy so I can contact you if you win) before midnight, November 18. I'll randomly select a winner on Monday, November 19. US/Canada only please.