Jove, Nov 2002, 5.99, 277 pp.
In 1561, Mary returns home to become Queen of the Scots. Among those traveling with Her Highness is Sabine de Sainte Montagne, whose father recently died. Emotionally, her sire's death means nothing to Sabine, as he was never there for her being too busy womanizing. However, his request of his Queen is to see his daughter married. So against her will, Sabine is engaged to Lord John Campbell.
Niall MacGregor and his clan have been declared outlaws. With his father and brother already murdered, Niall knows the only hope to avoid a massacre of his kin is pleading his clan's innocence with Mary. He decides that his enemy's betrothed is the avenue to gain entrance with his Queen. Niall steals Sabine's sac containing gold and other personal values. Desperate to get it back so she can escape to France before she is wedded, Sabine assists the “Scottish sauvage” in seeing the Queen. Soon Niall and Sabine fall in love, but his deadly foe is highly ranked among the Queen's retinue and happens to be her fiancé.
The plot of HEATHER AND THE HEAVEN is a typical Scottish historical romance (duh – it is a Highland Fling novel), the sophisticated Sabine showers freshness with her outlook on the Scots. She and Niall turn the tale into an action packed story while Mary anchors the era though John with no redeeming qualities appears more like a cartoon villain. Still Elizabeth Holcombe furbishes a wonderful tale that provides much pleasure to those readers who enjoy a delightful sixteenth century Highland romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner