What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.
Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.
THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...
(Murray Family #6)
(MacEnroy Family #1)
Published: October 2002
Journey to the treacherous and tempestuous Highlands of fifteenth century Scotland in Hannah Howell's passionate tale of a feisty beauty determined to uncover the softer side of the iron-willed warrior who has wed her, bed her.and stolen her heart.
Though she has yet to be courted by any man, spirited Gillyanne Murray decides the time has come to visit the dower lands gifted to her by her father's kinsmen. She arrives to find the small keep surrounded by three lairds, each one vying for her hand.and property. Though resolved to refuse them all, the threat of battle on her threshold forces her to boldly choose a suitor: Sir Connor MacEnroy, a handsome, daring knight of few words.
As his wife, Gillyanne is stunned by his terse, cold distance-and her own yearning to feel passion in his arms. Now, bringing her healing touch to a land and a keep ravaged by treachery and secret enemies, she dares to reach out for the one thing she fears she may forever be denied.her husband's closely guarded heart.
I am a huge fan of Hannah Howell's Murray series. There is a definite formula to them that is extremely obvious when doing a glom, but they are a great comfort read every once in awhile. This is one of my favorites primarily because of the heroine. Gillyanne is strong-willed without being reckless and truly wants to help out her new husband's family. Connor is a pretty typical Howell hero with his gruff manner and untrusting nature, but his background helps explain all that. Some of the best parts, for me, were the ones where Gillyanne interacted with the rest of the keep especially Connor's family. The MacEnroys rival the Murrays when it comes to complicated, but enjoyable personalities especially young Fiona, the only daughter.