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Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
As High as the Heavens by
"...a fast-paced historical romance set in ancient Scotland. Readers will find it hard to put this book down ..."
A Scottish highlander and the daughter of a nobleman risk love and freedom to rescue their imprisoned queen.
As the daughter of Lord Robert Gordon, Heather Gordon lives in a fine home and enjoys the comforts of the nobility, but she longs for more—something to fill the emptiness she feels inside. Her father broaches a secret plan to free Mary, Queen of Scots from Lochleven Castle where her step-brother has imprisoned the queen, but Heather is skeptical such a plan can succeed. When her father explains a rugged highlander is the key to Mary’s freedom and that he wants her to teach the man to become a fine gentleman so he can play the part of a nobleman, in three months, no less, she is certain her father has lost his mind. But ever loyal to her queen, she reluctantly agrees.
Duncan Mackenzie has lived his whole life in the Highlands, and he loves the sun, fresh air, and freedom, but he yearns for more. Several of the lovely Highland lassies have made their interest in him known, but none have captured his heart. The first time he meets Heather Gordon, he’s intrigued, and soon after, he loses his heart to the beautiful woman. But he knows there’s little hope for a union between commoner and a noblewoman. Though learning to play the part of a fop strangles his dignity, Duncan agrees to the plan to save his queen, partly because it will give him three months to get to know Heather as she instructs him in the ways of the nobility. Can Duncan save the queen and persuade Heather to leave all she knows to marry a lowly highlander? Or are there dark forces at play, determined to keep them apart?
As High as the Heavens is a fast-paced historical romance set in ancient Scotland. Readers will find it hard to put this book down as heart-tingling sparks fly between Heather and Duncan from their first meeting to the end of the book. Both are proud and stubborn, and though there seems no hope for a future between them, they can’t help loving each other. Unbeknownst to them, there are forces determined to keep them apart—forces that may well see Duncan dead, as soon as he frees the queen.
Duncan’s and Heather’s characterization is fabulous, and readers will be quickly pulled into the story with the engaging banter between hero and heroine. My heart ached for Duncan and how Lord Gordon planned to uproot him and use him for his nefarious purposes, even before I met Duncan in the story. He’s a great hero—bold, strong, and fearless, but vulnerable where Heather is concerned. She is determined and feisty, but stubbornly loyal to a father who doesn’t deserve her devotion—and that devotion could cost her the only man she’s ever fallen in love with.
Journey back to the Scottish Highlands for a heart-tugging story of forbidden love that is sure to hold your interest and will have you hoping for a sequel in Kathleen Morgan’s As High as the Heavens.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.