I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
The Scotsman Who Swept Me Away by Hannah Howell
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #3
Published by Zebra on August 27, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
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New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell brings the proud heart of Scotland to life in her magnificent novels. Now the seven MacEnroy brothers are about to take America by storm . . .
Off the New England coast, courageous Mehitabel Ampleford wields a rifle to protect her home from a brutish band of men who are after her land. She will not be intimidated, but their attacks are growing fiercer, and just as their latest confrontation threatens violence, a bold stranger appears out of the ocean mists to send the raiders packing.
Geordie MacEnroy has seen the ravages of war in his mountain town—and in the injuries suffered by his youngest brother; now, his restless soul is calling him to find sanctuary by the sea. His long journey to the beautiful coastline of his adopted homeland feels like a new beginning as lovely Mehitabel, so wise and self-sufficient, offers blessed hope for healing his brother’s wounds. Geordie envisions a beautiful life with her as his bride, but a woman who has fought so fearlessly for her home may not willingly surrender all for his love . . .
“This will be a hit with fans of historical and Scottish romances.”
—Booklist on The Scotsman Who Saved Me
Really wanting to dive into a Hannah Howell story since she’s probably the only popular historical romance author I haven’t tired, I felt like The Scotsman Who Swept Me Away would be a great introduction to her writing and how she structures her characters.
Now that I’ve finished all that I want to read of this story I have to say that I’m disappointed by what I was given. From the very beginning we’re introduced to Geordie and his incessant desire to see the ocean – great desire – but the constant mention of him of wanting to see the sea was borderline fanatical. His character came off as if Howell hastily put his character together and constructed a loosely structured story around him. There wasn’t anything of sustenance I could grab onto when it came to his character or the plot.
I did love the family dynamic that was reiterated in this installment of the Seven Brides for Seven Scotsman series but that’s probably all that I loved about the book. Usually I love all forms of historical romances, regardless of their era, but for some reason everything about The Scotsman Who Swept Me Away came off as individual pieces that were lumped together without anything tying them together. The commune-like feel of the family land didn’t endear me to any of the other characters, the choppiness of dialogue encouraged me to skip around and just focus on the action pieces of the story, and the romance just didn’t sit well with me.
Seeing as this was my first Hannah Howell story I really wanted to give it a favorable review but I can’t sugarcoat how I reacted to this story. I’m hoping that the previous stories in this series will possibly add some sustenance to this story. The series premise is an interesting one, but the execution wasn’t conducive to what I was expecting from an author of this caliber.
I’m entertaining the thought of trying another story by her but it would have to pass all of the marks on my checklist before I even add it to my TBR (to be read) list. If you all have any suggestions please leave them down in the comments and I would love to check them out.