Rating: 5

Isobel McEwan is determined to repay her debt to the chief of Moraigh, a distant cousin who took her in as his ward after the death of her parents. But when he asks her to marry a rival laird across the loch to establish peace between clans, Isobel is hesitant to accept, for her heart already belongs to another.

Kieran Buchanan has spent years waiting for an opportunity to exact revenge on the man who killed his father. Until then, he’s dedicated his life to training his uncle’s men and has no time to think of romance.

Desperate to cure her heart of unrequited love, Isobel journeys to Bongary Spring to drink from the healing well. Having learned of Isobel’s disappearance in the night, the chief sends Kieran after her. Retrieving the woman proves difficult when they are met not only by redcoats, but members of a rival clan. Can one journey to Bongary heal Isobel’s heart, or will more than one person return to Moraigh with notions of love.

This was my first Scottish romance, and I loved it! It was definitely a change adjusting to the dialect, but I enjoyed every minute of this story. Full of love and adventure, this book held surprises around every corner, and the characters were fantastic. I loved watching Kieran not only become aware of his feelings for Isobel, but accepting her advice to cure his own heart of his lust for revenge. The emotional connection between the two characters was beautifully written and the overall plot intriguing. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of this series!