Monday, November 21, 2022

The Highlander’s Holiday Wife by Vanessa Kelly (TLC Book Tour)


Where is a place you would like to visit during the Christmas holidays?

I’ve always wanted to go to New York City at Christmas, but after reading a couple of Christmas books set in Edinburgh, I’m adding that to my list as well!

Braden Kendrick is a doctor who helps those in need in the seedier sections of Edinburgh.  One night as he is helping out a patient, he is set upon by someone with a vendetta against him.  A mysterious man and woman help him out.  They never speak a word, but only speak in sign language.  Who are they and what are they doing out and about at night?

Lady Samantha Penwith is working with her man servant, Donny, to try to find who murdered her husband, Roger.  Roger Penwith had started an orphanage in Edinburgh to help unfortunate children.  Boys have mysteriously started to disappear from the orphanage.  Where are they going and why?

This is a historical mystery with romance included.  It also has some humor.  The romance is closed door.  I wish the romance would have had more time to develop and shine between Braden and Lady Samantha.  The setting is during Christmas, but there isn’t too much of a real Christmas theme to the story and it can be read any time of year.  I loved the two main characters.  They are both smart and independent.  I also loved the Kendrick family overall.  They were a fun and supportive family.  I didn’t love though that they seemed to solve part of the mystery off page.

This is the fifth book in the Clan Kendrick series.  I have not read the other books and thought it did well as a standalone novel.

Review Copy from Zebra as part of the TLC Book Tour.  Thank-you! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.