Friday, March 11, 2022

The Innkeeper and the Fugitive (Tales from the Highlands Book 3) Book Review

the innkeeper and the fugitive
Every once in a while I come across a series where each book is worthy of a separate review.  That is the case with the "Tales from the Highlands" by Martha Keyes.  All of the books have been captivating and have characters we wish to see succeed and others we wish could be brought to justice.

Angus MacKinnon has been the antagonist throughout the series. He is the self-centered laird of Benleith who stops at nothing to get what he wants, including kidnapping women and shipping them to the colonies for lives of servitude. 

Glenna, who is a maid at Glengour Inn, is another character in all of the books.  She is one of the women that Angus kidnapped previously, but she was rescued before the ship sailed. Needless to say, she abhors Angus. 

Christina and Lachlan Kincade own Glengour Inn, as well as the Dunverlockie castle and surrounding estate.  Because Christina was originally married to Angus' cousin, he believes Dunverlockie rightfully belongs to his clan.

Knowing these characters and the previous interactions with one another allows the reader to fully follow the story-line established in book one and continuing with each subsequent book.  Therefore, I highly recommend starting with The Widow and the Highlander, but this is a great story with or without the previous books.

 

The Innkeeper and the Fugitive
Tales from the Highlands Series - Scotland 1763

 The Innkeeper and the Fugitive
(Tales from the Highlands Book 3)
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In a desperate attempt to escape an unwanted marriage, Ana MacMorran must flee her home.  Her father is determined to see her wed Angus MacKinnon, which would unite their material & monetary holdings.  But, Ana knows Angus is a cruel man and she harbors no illusion that he would be kind to a wife.  She pleads with her father, but he will not relent.  As far as her father is concerned, she is underage, he has pledged her to Angus, and she will marry him.  

Having heard that the tinker and his wife are traveling through town, stopping at the Glengour Inn, Ana runs in the hopes that they will allow her to leave the area with them.  If they will simply take her as far as Fort William, she could get a ride to Glasgow where she can seek refuge with a childhood friend who previously planned to marry her.  Unfortunately, Ana arrives too late and the tinker has already left.  She decides to hide in the inn's stable for the night.

When Hamish, the innkeeper, discovers a woman in the stable, he assumes she is the new cook, Dorcas, they have been expecting.  Ana seizes the opportunity to hide in plain sight under another woman's identity. She hopes that will give her time to send word to her friend to come and get her.  Plus, as a cook, she can hide from the town's people by staying in the kitchen. It is not a perfect plan, but it is the best she has for now. However, Glenna recognizes her and Ana fears it is over for her even before she had any real chance of escape. But, Glenna has great sympathy for her and agrees to help her hide, covering for her when she might be expected to show her face in the inn.

As the days go by, everything seems to slip into a routine.  That is, until the real Dorcas MacGurk arrives.     





You may also be interested in reading my reviews of the first 2 books in the series

the Widow and the HighlanderBook 1 - The Widow and the Highlander Book Review The Widow and the Highlander - excellent book. When Christina's husband dies, she is sole heir. His family is not willing to let her have the estate and are determined to regain control of the estate one way or another.

The Enemy and Miss InnesBook 2 - The Enemy and Miss Innes
The Enemy and Miss Innes is a wonderful romantic historical fiction about enemies who unite against common foe. This is the 2nd book in fabulous Tales from the Highlands series by Martha Keyes



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9 comments:

  1. When I come across a series I really like, I always enjoy beginning with Book 1 and reading them in order. A clever author knows how to weave the storyline and characters together so they easily flow one into the next. And each book has a story that stands on its own as well. This 'Tales from the Highlands' series sounds like just that special kind of series. Thanks for each review in this book series, Sylvestermouse, to give me a good synopsis of what I can look forward to.

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  2. I love book series that bring you a continuing story of Characters that you begin to enjoy. Book One would be the starter for me, even though all of these books can stand alone. I like to get caught up in all the happenings and follow where ever they lead. Thanks for another great review, I'm putting these on my Must READ list today!

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  3. I always love a good series. Sometimes one book is just not enough.

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  4. Sylvestermouse, this series has been on my lengthy "to read" list since you shared your reviews of the first book in the series. I know this is one I will love!

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  5. Your reviews of this series has me hooked! I don't read books very often (other than informational, non-fiction) but I'm thinking this might be the exception I make - I love historical Scottish fiction, maybe because I'm part Scottish :)

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  6. Always invaluable to know when the entire series in a winner!

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  7. Ms. Mouse, I'm in a reading slump/mood again. I might have to switch gears and start with this series! Thank you for the review.

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  8. Just stopping by to let you know that I am ordering this book. I just finished #2 this morning. Love them!

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    1. That is awesome! I loved this series and I am so glad to hear that you do too. I will definitely be reading more books by Martha Keyes. This series has shown me that she is an excellent author!

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