Once Upon a Plaid (Spirit of the Highlands #2) by Mia Marlowe

Posted January 6, 2015 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

What it’s about
A wife may be courted, too…

would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas
is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But
after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes
on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance
between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to
Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s
at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent
in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the
hidden needs of his own beloved…


 Karla’s Review

4 Stars! Lovely heartfelt story!
The story
of William and Katherine’s plight was poignant and bittersweet. Set during a
time when marriages were arranged and rarely based on love, these two were the
exception to the rule. They truly love each other, but Katherine’s inability to
give William an heir has her thinking it would be best to part ways and allow
him to find someone who can give him a child. He disagrees, and while he would
love to have a family, she is more important to him and he’s not willing to let
her go. 
William is
a proud, tough, Highland laird, but when he finally allows his heart to break
and grieves with Katherine over what they’ve lost and what may never be, well,
I broke right along with him. While it was sad and heart wrenching, it was also
sweet and brought about healing for the two of them. Their journey was not an
easy one, filled with indecision and doubt, but it was necessary for both of
them to appreciate what they had…each other and hope. 
While I enjoyed
William and Katherine’s story, there was a secondary tale about the Glengarry’s
court fool, Nab, that I found to be utterly delightful. Nab’s constantly being  treated less than human by the men in the clan,
and his despair and doubt of self worth was heart wrenching.  He finds a friend and confidant in William,
and also catches the eye of one of the nursery maids, who sees beyond his
fool’s cap and sets about to lure him into her heart. Theirs is an incredibly
sweet love story, and the hopeless Nab goes from zero to hero! It’s also Nab’s
words of wisdom that finally breaks through to William, restores his faith, and
allows him to finally grieve. 

His eyes burned. Then his vision swam and the
back of his throat ached. He stood abruptly and walked away lest Nab catch him
with weak eyes. “For what it’s worth, Nab, I’ve never heard a fool make more

William and
Nab form the most unlikely friendship, complete opposites, and while in stature
and tenacity they were like night and day, both men were smart, full of heart
and in their own way looked out for each other! 
The writing
is true to the time period, historically correct, and beautifully done. I also
enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and then Nab’s observations
underneath, it added an extra element of humor and wisdom to the read.  There were a few times when I was willing the
story to move forward, and I think that had to do with Katherine and her stubbornness
in believing that William needed an heir more than her and that she alone would be enough for him. Overall though, a very charming, enlightening read, that deals
with difficult circumstances in any time period, however, it’s particularly
stressful in this setting where medical knowledge was limited and modern
technology unavailable. It’s a plot we doesn’t always see addressed in historical
romance.  I appreciated that the author
didn’t diminish William and Katherine’s childless situation with a contrived
ending, and I think readers will find it appropriate and satisfying! 
Once Upon a Plaid is the
second book in The Spirit of the
series, but there is not an overlapping character or story connection
and it can be read as a standalone. 
*A copy of the book was provided by Kensington books via NetGalley*

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Dorsey Shewey
5 years 16 days ago

Fantastic review Karla!! 💗

5 years 16 days ago

Thank you Dorsey!