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Title: The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal
Author: Heather McCollum
Genre: Historical Romance
About The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal:
A lass begging to marry him might top the list of “oddest things to happen,” but Chief Adam Macquarie is desperate. And no matter how much he hates to do it, he’s not above lying to get what he wants. Starting with the fact that he just omitted the truth about the situation back at his home—where there are no women and only a handful of other people. Because he has a secret need for a wife himself, one she won’t be too happy about when she finds out.
Lark Montgomerie is thrilled the brawny chief agrees to save her from her drunken father’s machinations of wedding her off to the first fool that agrees. He’s easy on the eyes and no one can be worse than her current options. Now a new life awaits her, on an exciting Scottish isle no less, and nothing will dampen her spirits. That is, until she arrives in her new homeland and realizes more than a few things are amiss…
Lark glanced at Adam. Where his brother was all smiles and teasing good looks, the leader of their clan was fierce and serious with that scar and lowered brows. As if he would be more comfortable slashing foes on a battlefield than discussing brides.
Anna clasped her hands before her and nodded her way. “Lark’s the eldest, well past time to wed, so Da is focused on marrying her off at this festival.”
“Anna,” Lark snapped.
“Although,” Anna continued, “that has been rather daunting.”
Lark kicked Anna through the long folds of her dress, making her sister frown.
“’Tis true,” Anna said. “You do not like anyone.”
“I certainly do not like you right now,” Lark said and busied herself by looking inside the churn at the clumps of butter in the clear liquid.
“Ye do not wish to marry?” Adam asked, his deep voice teasing a shiver through her. It beckoned her like the waves she had seen crashing on the shore during their journey there. Powerful and rugged yet bound by the reality of the rocks surrounding them.
She could refuse the whole institution of marriage, but the thought of staying in Roylin Montgomerie’s house made her stomach twist just as hard as considering Giles and Fergus. She slid her gaze away from the trees, where the sun had already started its decline, to Adam’s intense eyes. “Not when I am forced to choose a young idiot who would rather chase after me than attend more serious endeavors.”
“Such as?” Adam asked.
She tipped her head, studying him. “I prefer a man interested in securing a home for a family, debating the poor state of the government with English troops invading our country to steal away our child queen, planning crops and purchasing livestock to enhance his family’s chances of surviving the winter.” What type of man was Adam Macquarie? He’d helped hide her in the tree and returned her slipper. We are looking for brides. Was Adam part of the ‘we’ his brother had mentioned?
Lark realized her hands had found their way to her hips, and she slid them down into the folds of her skirt. Her mother had often stood with hands on her wide hips, frowning. After the shock of her dying in illness two years ago, her sisters began to tease Lark that she had become her. Heat rose in her cheeks, with her stomach pitching, as she remembered her father’s slurred words about the resemblance.
Beck raised his eyebrows high. “Those are indeed serious endeavors.” He closed his mouth as if not sure what else to say.
“My sister likes to ponder important topics, which are rather dull,” Anna said.
“Survival is not dull,” Lark countered. Survival had been her aim ever since her mother died. But could survival in a hellish life be better than death?
“So ye wish for a serious husband,” Adam said, pulling her thoughts back from the macabre.
“That is not mandatory.” Lord, she must find a husband today.
She felt the brawny Highlander’s gaze on her. “What is mandatory?”
Lark’s lips pressed closed as she thought about her mother’s flushed face when her father didn’t come home until morning. She looked away from the lumps of butter and met Adam’s stare. “Trust.”
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About Heather McCollum:
Heather McCollum is an award-winning, historical romance writer. With over twenty books published, she is an Amazon Best Seller and a Readers’ Choice winner.
The rugged beauty and rich history of Great Britain captivates Ms. McCollum each time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her stories since her very first book.
When she is not creating vivid characters and settings, she spends her time educating women on the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. She is a survivor and resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.