Nicole Baker (or Cole as she prefers to be called), a South Carolina college student, finds out over Christmas dinner that she really isn't a Baker. Nor is the rest of her family. Grandpa springs it on them that they are really descendants of a Scottish man named Minary.
Sometime later Cole finds herself in Glentree, Scotland to do family research, and stumbles across the town legend of the Lady of MacLaoch. A curse placed on all of the MacLaoch Chieftains for all time by Lady MacLaoch on her deathbed after having witnessed her clan brutally murder her love, a Minory.
Cole then runs in to the 34th Chieftain, Rowan MacLaoch. A man haunted by nightmares of his past. But when Cole comes to town. Things start to heat up between Cole and Rowan, and they both find themselves manifesting physical symptoms of butterflies in their stomachs and somehow feeling each other's feelings. And soon, begin having dreams of each other, with each other.
Could Cole be the one to break the curse? It is said that a Minory would be the one to break the curse, and while Cole believes that it can't be the same because of the letter difference in the name (Minory and Minary, the town and Rowan set out to prove to her otherwise.
Now if they can just deal with Eryka, a woman who has spent ten years trying to become Mrs. MacLaoch' and his cousin and uncle who both want the title of Chieftain, maybe the curse will be lifted.
This was a very enjoyable read and kept me entranced the whole way through. I most definitely wanted to see Cole and Rowan get together and wanted to slap Eryka.
There are some wonderful side characters in this, from the dressmaker who make sure that Cole has a dress to make Rowan pant, to the MacDonagh brothers, Angus and Bernie, the lovable, laughable old men who run the tour boat and may be something a bit more.
This is definitely one for the keeper pile ladies (and gentlemen too, if they prefer)! I know I'll be reading it again!
A legendary love, an unforgiving curse, and the discovery of a lifetime . . .
Centuries ago a vengeful curse buried itself deep into the history of the MacLaoch clan and become a legendary tale told by all those not cursed by its words.
In present-day Scotland, the laird and chieftain of the MacLaoch clan is an ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot who has been past the gates of hell and returned a changed man. Rowan MacLaoch does battle with wartime memories and a family curse that threaten to consume him—unaware that his life and that of the history of the clan will be changed forever by the arrival of an American woman.
Cole Baker, a feisty recent graduate of a master’s program, stumbles upon the ancient curse while researching her bloodlines. Moved by the history of the MacLaoch clan and the mystery of its chief, she digs into the legend that had been anything but quiet for centuries.
On their quest for answers, Cole and Rowan travel to places they have never before been and become witnesses to things they have never before fathomed. The legend—one started with blood—will end with more shed as its creator finally exacts her justice.