True Highland Spirit

Written by Amanda Forester
Review by Cindy Vallar

A sealed missive orders Morrigan McNab’s brother to kill the bishop. In his absence, the task falls to her. If she fails, her impoverished clan will suffer. Although she longs to be a lady, her sins are many and no one wants to wed a woman who wears male attire and skillfully wields a crossbow or sword. Except perhaps the French minstrel she robbed then kissed. The same man who stops her from murdering the bishop.

Jacques Dragonet isn’t really a minstrel, but a Hospitaller knight who seeks a priceless relic that the Templars brought to Scotland. Unbeknownst to him, Morrigan also seeks the treasure. As each follows a different path to gain it, their lives become intertwined. But two corrupt, powerful men also want the relic and they will stop at nothing to attain it.

Forester’s characters draw you into the story, and her skillful storytelling anchors you in medieval Scotland. She deftly combines Edward III’s invasion with legends of Templar treasure and holy relics of great significance to spin an enchanting tale of greed, love, and redemption that will make you sigh and wish “if only.”