#BookReview — To Weave A Highland Tapestry by Mary Morgan.
To Weave A Highland Tapestry
(A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights)
By Mary Morgan
Patrick MacFhearguis, hardened by battles won and lost, desires what he can never have—peace within his heart and soul. Yet, the ever-meddling Fae weave a new journey for him to conquer—a task this Highlander is determined to resist.
When skilled weaver, Gwen Hywel, is commissioned to create a tapestry for the MacFhearguis clan she embraces the assignment. While seeking out ideas, she finds herself clutching the one thread that can alter the tapestry of her heart and life.
A man conflicted by past deeds. A woman with no family of her own. Is it possible for love to unravel an ancient past in order to claim two badly scarred hearts? Or will the light of hope be doused forever?
“Do not remove it unless ye are prepared for the other path.”
Gwen Hywel should have paid more heed to young Jamie’s warning, but she had felt drawn to the piece of thread embedded into the yew tree. Gwen was a weaver, perhaps that was why she had felt drawn to the thread, or maybe it was something else, something not of this world. Nevertheless, she had removed the thread, tumbled through time and found herself in the 13th century.
Patrick MacFhearguis longed for the impossible— a wife, someone to love. But such things were not to be because of the Leòmhann curse. And yet, he feels inexplicitly drawn to the mystery woman, despite her strange clothes and odd words.
Lost and alone, Gwen despairs of ever going home. But as Patrick begins to weave himself into the patterns of her heart, Gwen has to decide what the word home, really means for her…
From a frightening trip back in time to the discovery of true love, To Weave A Highland Tapestry (A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights) by Mary Morgan is the absolutely enthralling story about two lost souls finding love in each other’s arms.
Oh, it was so good to be back with those Dragon Knight boys! Morgan captured my imagination with The Dragon Knight series and the spin-off series, Legends of the Fenian Warriors. I was so excited when I learnt that Morgan was creating another series called A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights. I have grown to love so many of the characters in these books, and it was wonderful to be immersed in yet another story about them. To Weave A Highland Tapestry captivated me from the opening sentence and did not let go of me to the last full stop.
Morgan writes fabulously detailed and emotionally charged stories that capture a reader’s heart. The historical detail in this book has to be commended. Morgan has depicted the essence of 13th century Scotland. This was a very turbulent time in history, and although this is very much in the background of this novel, Morgan has portrayed the rising tensions between King John and King William fabulously. Add to the equation the magical realm of the Fae, and Morgan has presented her readers with a book that is not only bold but fabulously successful. The romance is swoon-worthy, the prose is crystalline, and the narrative is fast-paced. Time flew by as I lost myself within the pages of this remarkable book.
The heroine of this tale, Gwen Hywel, is a very caring, very loving woman who is, through no fault of her own, alone in the world. She is passionate about her job — she is a skilled weaver, and she can see, as so many artists can, the beauty of the world around her. When Gwen travels through time, her disorientation, which later turns to panicked disbelief, was beautifully described, as was her growing feelings towards Patrick. I adored everything about Gwen. She is brave, funny, kind, and so very lonely. She is unsure of herself and the feelings that she has for Patrick, and she tries desperately hard not to fall in love with him. But she is battling against fate, and one can never win when the odds are stacked so highly against you.
Patrick MacFhearguis — Oh. My. Days! He is the kind of hero one can fall head-over-heels in love with! Patrick fears his growing feelings for Gwen. He is terrified of the Leòmhann curse and what it means for him, and so he really fights his attraction to Grace for he is terrified of losing her. He fears bringing her to Leòmhann would only lead to sorrow. Patrick is the epitome of a romantic hero. He is a brave warrior who will not stand aside when he sees injustice. He is also the most loyal of men. His depiction made my heart flutter. Bravo, Ms Morgan.
There are a host of secondary characters in this novel, and fans of Morgan’s books will be pleased to learn that you will be reunited with the Dragon Knights. All of the secondary characters bring something fresh and vibrant to the story. They are all marvellously depicted.
Morgan’s stories are as unique as they are brilliant. They are compelling, bold, and so very successful. To Weave A Highland Tapestry (A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights) was everything I had hoped it would be and then some.
If you love a good Historical Romance with elements of the paranormal, then To Weave A Highland Tapestry (A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights) by Mary Morgan is the book for you. Although part of an extended series, To Weave A Highland Tapestry stands very firmly on its own two feet. However, I must issue a warning— for once you have read this book, you will most certainly want to go back and read the others. Your To Read list is going to go through the roof!
I Highly Recommend.
Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
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Award-winning Celtic paranormal and fantasy romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling by writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.
If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.
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