MacLean’s Passion is a touching historical romance taking place in Scotland just after the failed Jacobite rebellion’s painful defeat at the battle of Culloden (just east of Inverness) in 1746. The main character, Maggie Sinclair, has always been more comfortable in breeches than in skirts. After running away disguised as a boy to fight at Culloden, she is captured by the English and thrown in prison. While there, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the intense fortitude of her cellmate, Colin MacLean. It wasn’t until after their escape that her charade was exposed. Sparks fly as the two run from the English to Sinclair lands and Maggie’s home. But can the two contain their obvious attraction before they are in too deep? And will they ever be able to escape the clutches of the brutal English captain combing the Scottish countryside for them?
I would first like to state that I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review. I must say that I quite enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed and portrayed perfectly the fire and tenacity of the Scottish people. I have always been drawn to books of this time period as my ancestors participated in the Jacobite uprising and this book did not disappoint. The author has quite successfully woven a tale that fits well with the setting, the people, and the time period. I also liked her use of common Scottish slang terms and Scottish Gaelic in the novel. It really helped set the atmosphere and makes one feel as if they are truly there in Scotland. I would happily recommend this book and author. She has done her homework and it shows. Bravo!