I know I've lamented my lack of travel experience on this blog before but I've also stated that I love books for their passport nature. It's exciting to me to visit new places and travel the world without going farther than my local library and one of my recent journeys took me on a trip across the Atlantic to a locale I've long dreamed of visiting in real life.
Becky Banks' Legendary Blog Tour promoting this book. Check out my previous post for my interview with Becky Banks and a chance to win a paperback copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch (leave a comment on this review for an extra entry into the giveaway!)
Rowan MacLaoch is the modern day laird of the clan linked to the bizarre story of ancient star-crossed lovers that Cole uncovers. Curses should be a thing of fairy tales but Rowan's people have a hard time shaking the superstitions they have lived with for centuries. Cole finds herself drawn to the secretive Scotsman but as a veteran of the RAF, Rowan lives with scars and shadows of his own past even on top of the legends of his clan.
The Legend of Lady MacLaoch was a delightful journey through the past and present castles and highlands of Scotland. From the sights and sounds of lush gardens to the intricate tastes of Scottish whiskeys, author Becky Banks paints masterful scenery that leaps from the page in stunning details. Cole is a heroine to cheer for with equal parts smarts and sass and Rowan walks a delicious line between brooding heartthrob and renaissance man. From start to finish, the book was hard to put down and it seamlessly blends action, mystery, and romance with just a dash of magical realism. Not since Diana Gabaldon's Outlander has a book left me with such a desire to see Scotland for myself, but The Legend of Lady MacLaoch is certainly cheaper than plane tickets and makes for an excellent literary journey.
And of course I'm still trying to pinpoint what it is about Scotland that has me so enamored. The kilts? The accents? The highlands? The whiskey? Maybe it's all of the above. Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts about the book (or Scotland) below!