Monday, October 29, 2012

Historical Review: The Scottish Witch by Cathy Maxwell

Series: The Chattan Curse #2
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical
Length: 378 pages
Publisher: Avon (October 30, 2012)

"When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love...and now he's come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch to break the curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by Portia. Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.

But will that battle destroy her as well?
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Scotland, 1632: Rose of the Macnachtan, a lovely Scottish lass, was in love with Charles Chattan. They had been married via a handfasting ceremony which was no match for Charles' family's arrangement of his marriage to an English woman. Heartbroken, Rose throws herself off the tower's keep and her mother places a curse on the Chattan line before she throws herself on her daughters funeral pyre. Should a Chattan male fall in love, he will die. The curse has passed through each generation cutting down the lives of each Chattan male short.

Scotland, 1814: Portia Maclean has resigned herself to being her mother's companion and come to terms with the fact that she will forever be a spinster. Thanks to a rainy day, an attic and a mysterious white cat that's got the head shaped like an owl's, her fate is forever changed.

Harry Chattan is traveling all over the Highlands trying to find a cure for the centuries curse on his family's males. He tries the resident village crazy, Crazy Lizzie and then receives a mysterious letter signed by Fenella, the witch who cursed the males in his family. His brother is slowly slipping away after falling in love with his wife and Harry would give up his life for his brother and sister-in-law's happiness. After all, he's nothing but a scoundrel.

Portia's family is struggling and she's trying to make ends meet. What better way than to con Harry Chattan into thinking she is Fenella? He IS offering quite a bit of money and her family DOES need it.

Too bad Fate has other things in store for Portia and Harry. With a nudge from the mysterious cat, Owl, Portia and Harry's path crosses again. This time, their attraction is sensual and sizzles off the page. Trying to keep their affair from prying eyes and the village mean girl, Lady Emma, Harry and Portia are falling for each other. Harry shares his family's curse with her and she is determined to help him escape his fate by not falling in love with her. Oops! Too late. They've already fallen. Hard.

Is the mysterious Owl the reincarnated Fenella? Will Portia and Henry break the curse not only to allow them to love each other without the threat of death but also keep Henry's brother Neil from slipping closer to death? And what about Henry and Neil's sister, Margaret? Will she befall the curse as well?

Favorite Quote:
He was handsome. Noble. A man unlike any other.
A man every woman wished to kiss.
A man who had captured her imagination in a way she'd not believed possible.
A man who brought his lips down upon hers.
Overall:  Out of all of Cathy Maxwell's books, The Scottish Witch is one of two of my all time favorites (The Earl Claims His Wife is the other). It is one of those books you take a peek into thanks to the blurb and end up losing a whole afternoon finishing it. The Scottish Witch is a beautiful story of all consuming love,  sacrifice, discovery and Fate wrapped in a terrible curse worth fighting against. Get ready to fall in love with a lovable scoundrel, a fiery and headstrong people pleaser and a secondary love story that will have you rooting until the end. The wonderful thing about this book is that you don't have to read Lyon's Bride to understand what's going on. The thing that connects these books is the curse and at the beginning of each book and throughout, the curse is explained whether as a prologue, flashbacks or re-tellings by the hero. After reading the teaser for the next book, I eagerly await it. Is it here yet?!

***review copy provided by publisher***

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