Gayle Callen~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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The Groom Wore Plaid: Highland Weddings
Gayle Callen
Avon
Mass Market
978-0062268006
****1/2


     Maggie McCallum and Owen Duff met when they were young, and they made a real connection. However, he is betrothed, and she's upset to learn this. She has a dream that his fiancée drowns. He does not believe that she can dream the future, even when her dream comes true, which cuts her to the heart.
     Years later, she finds herself betrothed to Owen in a plan to end the feud between their clans, but he still does not believe in her dreams. She has another dream that he will be very badly injured-- maybe even die-- if they marry. She is determined to end their betrothal but still end the feud. When she tells Owen they cannot marry, he will not believe in her reasons. He cannot trust her, but is intrigued by her, and that intrigue turns to passion.
     Cayle Callen's latest has an immensely sympathetic heroine and a marvelous hero. This is the second in a series, but while the first couple makes an appearance, the tale stands alone. Readers will enjoy putting the pieces together in the suspenseful plot. A delightful series!
Heather Nordahl Files

The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings
Gayle Callen
Avon
Mass Market
978 0062267986
****1/2


     Riona Duff wakes up to find a man in her room. Hugh McCallum kidnaps her, claiming that she was promised in marriage to him in order to end a clan feud. Riona knows nothing of this, and there's a good reason why he is actually betrothed to her cousin Cat. Hugh has abducted the wrong bride!
     As they travel from England into Scotland, Riona tries to get away, but Hugh keeps close enough that she fails. Hugh refuses to believe that there are two cousins named Catriona Duff, so he refuses to set her free. But if he breaks the contract, his clan will lose a precious resource. Can Riona convince him of her identity before it's too late?
     Gayle Callen's latest launches her new "Highland Weddings" series, and readers will love coming along for the ride. Her characters are well-crafted, convincing, and their dilemmas ring true. Readers will also enjoy the fresh time period.
Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

Surrender to the Earl
Gayle Callen
Avon
Mass Market
978‑0062076076
****1/2
 
     Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, is haunted by guilt. He feels that his choices led to a man's death, so now he intends to offer his services to Audrey Blake, the man's wife. When he arrives at her family home, he is stunned to discover that she is blind. And she is eager to avail herself of his assistance.
     A bout of scarlet fever took Audrey's sight when she was a child. Since her mother's death, her father and siblings have done their best to hide her away from the world. Her one attempt at escape, her marriage, was a short‑lived disaster. Now she wants to leave her father's house for her husband's estate, but her father has not allowed it.  Robert suggests a pretend engagement, for Audrey will have more freedom as a fiancée. But she never expects to have feelings for Robert, feelings she never wants to have again.
     Gayle Callen writes a moving, intelligent tale in this second of her "Brides of Redemption" trilogy. Other characters from the series make an appearance but do not affect this book's ability to be enjoyed alone. All of the characters are marvelously rendered, even secondary characters like Audrey's sister. Not to be missed.
Heather Nordahl Files