Highland Jewel is not only a masterpiece of medieval Scottish romance; it is also Celeste Barclay’s best novel yet! Magnus had fostered under Saoirse’s family and has returned to visit the clan. Saoirse has known Magnus her whole life, yet seeing him in a field for the first time in three years changes everything. The couple battle her parent’s reluctance to match due to the age difference. Magnus and Saoirse must conquer her family’s misgivings and clan intrigue.
What I loved most was the courtship of Magnus and Saoirse. The couple falls hard and fast for each other, yet they still take the time to get to know each other. These sweet, secluded, stolen moments are full of fire and sensuality. Magnus gives Saoirse the support she needs to develop into the woman she wants to be, strong, capable, and sensual.
The journey of the relationship and the intense connection between Magnus and Saoirse is what capitulated this book into a five-star review. A lot is going on in this plot, and there is a vast amount of secondary characters. I loved the action and intrigue; however, there were times when I felt overwhelmed by secondary characters. That being said, the love story always shone through. This passion between Magnus and Saoirse had me tearing through this book!
Highland Jewel is the third book in The Clan Sinclair Legacy. This series is a spinoff from a couple of long series, and many of the past characters show up. The author did a great job in re-introducing these characters in a way that a new reader wouldn’t get lost. I also enjoy the historical background this author gives about the story. Magnus and Saoirse’s journey is the most romantic of the series. The writing is intricate and detailed, yet this added to rather than diminished the plot. I always look forward to Celeste Barclay’s next romance! I know I am in for a passionately romantic story set in the lush, dangerous world of medieval Scotland.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through BookSprout. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: August 2, 2022