07 September 2017

Tour & GIveaway: Miss Leslie's Secret by Jennifer Moore

Miss Leslie's Secret by Jennifer Moore.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Clean Read.
Publication: September 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications.
Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for . . . After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself . . ..

Reviewed by Kelly.

Scotland has always had a pull on me. So I jumped at the chance to read Miss Leslie’s Secret. I was not disappointed. The book described all about the weather and the terrain and the life there. Having been there myself, it just makes me want to go back. I didn’t care much for the haggis, this quote though, just eww….

His stomach growled as he thought of the mutton roasted slowly on a spit, the boiled eel, and the Highlander haggis the British soldiers had teased him about. They had no idea what a true delicacy ‘twas.

But this one is what I love about Scotland….

Around him, Conall could hear murmured conversations. Deep tones, loud exclamations, and guttural sounds formed at the back of the throat- this is how language was supposed to sound, he thought. Not the rapid chatter of Spanish or the nasal tones of French or even the precise, clipped words of English. The Scottish tongue was warm and hearty, filled with feeling. The language was as rich as the land it came from, and throughout his travels, he’d missed it more than he could have imagined.

The book goes back to a simpler time that also had much more hardships. I like my air conditioning and the internet, thank you very much. Without the internet, both Aileen and Conall had a lot of work in order to find their family members.

The chemistry between Conall and Aileen and the affection that Conall felt for Aileen and Jamie was obvious in the writing. I felt anxious at all their meetings. Aileen had a secret to keep and also had a little pride in her that kept her from letting Conall totally in. Conall was a true gentleman and taught Jamie (Aileen’s son) how to be one. Jamie seemed to soak up everything Conall taught him.

I liked how Connell was an honest man. He was a good listener and seemed to observe a minute before saying anything in response.. He was compassionate but could be an effective teacher as well.

“‘Tisn’t always a person’s fault if bad things happen. Nor is God to blame, nor the fire.” He glanced down and saw Jamie was watching him, listening closely. “We must have faith and do our best to be moral, honest people. And if misfortune does befall us, we pray for God’s mercy, and we help each other. ‘Tisn’t enough to count on a fire or the Lord to keep everything in order. The most important thing is to care for others and to help them, ye ken? Thinkin’ bad things happen because of something we did or didn’t do is useless.” He stopped walking, turning to look Jamie in the eye, willing the boy to understand the weight of what he was saying. “Blamin’ ourselves or others leads only to remorse and pain.”

Also, I saw somewhere that Jennifer Moore was working on a book about a woman named Fionn. I saw her mentioned in this book!

I always get sad at the end of a book I really enjoyed. I always want more of the characters. Just a little more into their lives. Just more of Scotland too! I know my review is all over the place but there was more than just the characters that I liked. I loved reading about the scenery and the culture, their hardships in life, things that matter the most to people!

If you like Scotland, reading about human trafficking, regency romances, keeping secrets and the consequences they bring, family, Military men, faith, forgiveness,, boats, suspense, then this might be for you.

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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com.

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