What would you do if you found a beautiful woman lying on the beach? Tavish Graham knows what to do. He takes her to his older brother, James, the Earl of Monleigh.
Sophie d'Almbert is running. She has been given in marriage to an English duke against her will. She is the grandaughter of King Louis XIV and is a valued prize in a secret war. Something has gone wrong with her escape though. She lands in the Highlands of Scotland, the guest of a Highland chief. As she finds herself falling in love with James, she longs to tell him her secret.
James Graham, Earl of Monleigh, isn't sure what to do with the French beauty his brother has found. He knows she is lying about who and what she is. He knows that the secrets she holds could very well ruin him and his clan. The distrust and doubt his head feels doesn't stop his heart from falling in love with Sophie.
When the truth of Sophie's past is revealed, will their love be enough to save them both? Will James' heart forgive Sophie her lies?
The Highlands of Scotland are a beautiful place. Ms. Coffman does an wonderful job bringing the ruggedness of the hills and the fiercness of the Scots to life. She also manages to show the rather horrifing treatment of the Highlanders by the English and their own Lowland brethern.
The characters of James and Sophie didn't seem to move much beyond where they were in the start of the story. I was often struck with the feeling that two modern day people were having a conversation while dressed in 18th century clothing or were reading lines in a play.
The Highlander by Elaine Coffman has the stunning setting of the Scottish Highlands, but that doesn't overcome the stilted feeling of the characters' conversations and actions.