Lana and the Laird is a delightful historical romance that takes place in Scotland. The main character, Lachlan, is being haunted, seemingly by the ghost of his father. According to local legend, no male heir of his family has ever lived past his thirtieth birthday due to a sinister curse. Firmly believing this fact and resigned to his fate, he strives to return the seat of his dukedom to its former glory before his untimely end in a handful of months. Although he had spent nearly all of his life in London, he returns to the castle at long last. Then one day as he is visiting one of his barons, he suddenly meets – in the flesh – the lady that has literally been haunting his dreams (Lana). She is firmly convinced that the curse is nothing but nonsense and helps him to learn to be a ‘proper’ Scot. But danger lurks in the shadows and Lachlan’s eerie supernatural visitor appears ever more frequently. Can Lana help Lachlan to end his curse before time runs out?
I would first like to state that I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review. Most historical romances are very similar. I was very glad to see that this one stood far above most of them. I most especially liked the well developed back story of the curse and the foreshadowing was amazing. Lana is very strong-willed and not afraid to fight for what she wants. Lachlan’s character was the one that I liked the most, however, as he is the one the reader gets to see change in the most profound of ways. We get to see him grow from a taciturn and brooding man into one who decides to make each day count and relishes every moment. Character development was really well done and the plot was full of nail-biting suspense. Not to mention red-hot passion. All in all this was a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend – especially to fans of the genre.