Laiden’s Daughter, is the 1st book in the Clan MacDougall Series, but it is the third book I have read by Suzan Tisdale, and I enjoyed it immensely! I wished I had discovered Suzan’s books years ago. For a first book, by an author, this one had everything that I love in a Scottish Historical Romance. It has romance (of course), a little mystery, humor, action and of course handsome, strong Scotsmen!
The heroine, Aishlinn doesn’t trust men, and believes all of them have an agenda of their own. She doesn’t realize her own self worth, having lived with a cruel step father and brothers her whole life. She hasn’t hasn’t known true happiness, since her mothers death when she was a little girl.
Duncan McEwan has a loving family, and clansmen. He is a strong, compassionate man, and feels that women should be respected, and held in high regard. He will be leader of his clan one day, and works very hard for the good of the clan. That is until he meets Aishlinn, and is thrown off balance by his developing feelings for her.
The story opens with the Earl of Penrith severally beating, and abusing Aishlinn because she would not submit to him. This goes on for a bit, with him beating her, and her refusing to give in to him. Aishlinn does finally escape the Earl by stabbing him with his own dagger, and fleeing the castle on horseback.
Days later she is found by Duncan McEwan , and his men by a stream. They help her and take her to their clan at Castle Gregor. The clan accepts Aishlinn after a bit, and nurses her back to health. What follows is a story that did not leave me bored for a moment!
I truly liked Duncan, and Aishlinn. I feel that their characters were well developed, and the author did a wonderful job of letting the reader know why they thought and acted the way they did. The romance between Duncan and Aishlinn was a little slow in developing, but well worth the wait.
I will admit there were times when Aishlinn’s insecurities about her looks made me want to whack her. I had to change my thinking on that though, because men have told her her whole life that she was worthless, ugly and that no man would ever want her, and she believed it.
I rushed through reading this book, because I was anxious to know what would happen next. When it ended I immediately started reading the next in the series, Findley’s Lass. Laiden’s Daughter contains some kissing, and one sex scene, but it is tastefully done and not at all crude. If you love highlanders, Scotland, strong hero’s, and a darn good story, then this book is for you!