In Bride of the MacHugh, Speas transports you to the Scotland of James I and his Lieutenant in the Highlands, Archibald Campbell, Earl of. Bride of the MacHugh by Jan Cox Speas; 2 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Protected DAISY, In library. Results 1 – 21 of 21 Bride of the MacHugh by Speas, Jan Cox and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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But along the way, she discovers she likes the Scots and the wilds of the Highlands—and she likes the MacHugh. I never felt lost, though a glance at a map of Scotland now and then is good for orientation. To be fair, the amount that existed is in line with the conservative teh period the novel was published in, and the book does straddle the line between historical fiction and historical romance closely.

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Or why he held a grudge against both Elspeth’s father and Alex, other than he resented their alliance with the MacDonald? I’ve rated this based on a mix of literary merit and on my enjoy “She had never thought her name lovely until she heard him say it, his warm Scots voice lingering softly over the word.

I am so sad it is over. So began the hunt for this book. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’ve been reading it since high school and it still satisfies my yen for a love story.

Bride of the MacHugh

And I chuckled right along with him, shaking my head and wishing I could just give her a little whisper in her ear to stop fighting the inevitable. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The MacDonlad cause was desperately in need of leaders, men the caliber of Alexander MacHugh, whose very name would bring men flocking to his banner. I actually have 2 copies!

With the deftness of a master weaver, the descriptions are intertwined in the story. Nov 11, Naksed rated it liked it Shelves: This gif is dedicated to Bama, because I know mzchugh she adores them: The women have a catty disposition toward each other, and MacHugh seems to be highly amused by this. Elspeth knows and accepts that her powerful brde, Argyll, will arrange a rich and influential marriage for her when she returns to England, but Alexander is determined that she defy this craven plan for her future.


Some of it I’ve been digging the Highlander novels lately, and I came across this old one from the 50’s.

Covers today do not have that much emotion in them. I wanted bad things to happen to the h and H; arrogant, sanctimonious twits! I can’t remember where I managed to find this book, but I was thrilled to get it. Check out the goofy stepback! In these pages you will meet the corrupt and ambitious Earl of Argyll, Elspeth’s wily guardian, who epitomizes an insatiable greed for power and wealth; Kate MacLachlan, the beautiful and treacherous redhead, whose passion for Alexander MacHugh would stop at nothing for fulfillment; Gavin, the grim and mysterious youth with a scar across his cheek; Elspeth’s half-sister, Jeanie Lamond, as fair and fresh as a May morning, and, of course, the many brave and gallant Scottish rebels, led by the MacDonalds, who harried the Campbells and would not be subdued by England.

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Bride of the MacHugh is a beautifully written book, no doubt but I’d found the pace of the story to be very low for me. Set in the Scottish Highlands init tells the story of Elspeth Lamond, a beautiful young woman, the product of a handfast 20 years earlier between her Campbell mother and Lamond father, both Scots. I recommend this book for readers of historical romance and historical adventure. Pretty tame stuff, thank goodness.

The characters are compelling, the action suspenseful and the anxiety as to whether Elspeth will end up with the MacHugh will have you turning pages late into the night. I’m settling for four because the writing and the overall tone for this story are outstanding and far outdo many of the modern books that I read today.

I eventually made sense of it all, but my reading pace slowed down as a result. I rather liked the story of her parents.

Sadly, that was not the case. This is a beautiful novel, and despite my complaint, I very much recommend any historical romance lover who can set aside feminist tendencies brixe read machugg. Their first child, Cindy, was born inright after John graduated from Colorado State University.


However, it went downhill from there. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Jul 27, CLM rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is hand fasting, reiving, receiving the letter of fire and sword, being put to the horn, ballads, clans and their families and castles.

Loved this back in the day! Some of it was interesting- I like a good historical novel- but it just wasn’t interesting long-term and macuhgh romance got completely lost in it. The fact that Hall macugh a ruff which as Blackadder says, made Percy look like a stork who has swallowed a plate makes me smile, especially since Hall made the ruff look cool.

It’s as if the publisher found a well-researched but boring AF recount of a clan war and asked an unemployed wannabe romance writer to fluff it up into a romance – or shall I say fauxmance. It pushed the romance into a corner for much of the book. I started out really liking it. View all 39 comments.

Heroine lifts her chin and tosses her hair constantly, view spoiler [and must Jul 02, Duchess Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: I think Elspeth should have slapped him more, and I definitely think she should have maachugh her riding crop on him.

I could give this five bright shining stars on one hand, or three grumpy stars on the other. The author must have done a lot of research but I never felt that she was trying to overwhelm me with that research. This one goes in my favorites. Only bide MacHughs do this in such a bold manner, stealing her away from her family and giving her no choice but to comply.

One of my favorite quotes: When her mother extracts a promise while on her deathbed that Elspeth will go to Scotland to put herself under the protection of her Campbell family, she feels honor bound to hold up that vow.

H was just not my cuppa.