Harboring a fugitive is dangerous enough. Falling in love with her could mean the end of his dreams—and his life.
After nearly ten years in the army, Hamish Campbell is ready to settle in and call a place home. His sights are set on Dalmore House, the Campbell family estate seized by the Crown after the ‘45 uprising. To have any chance at all of regaining it, Hamish must not only find the money to pay off the estate’s debts but persuade the man who has charge of it to relinquish the property into the hands of a Jacobite’s son. With the help of his brother-in-arms, Hamish finds employment at an inn near to Dalmore’s overseer, putting him in an ideal location to seek the man’s favor.
Ava MacMorran cannot marry Angus MacKinnon. Any fate would be preferable. Escaping her father’s threats of force, Ava sets out for the home of the childhood friend she knows will help her—perhaps even marry her. But when the merchant meant to take her there is nowhere to be found and Ava is mistaken for a long-awaited inn servant, she determines to go along with the misconception until she can be rescued by her friend.
With Ava ignorant of Hamish’s goals and Hamish unaware that he is harboring the fugitive daughter of the lynchpin of his plan, attachment between them deepens and the threat of discovery looms large, making a satisfactory outcome seem all but impossible.
The Innkeeper and the Fugitive is a clean romance and the third book in the Tales from the Highlands series. For greatest enjoyment, it is strongly recommended that the books be read in order.
My thoughts: I have enjoyed this whole series and learning more about the Scottish Highlands back when there was much unrest under the English crown. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the history to life! I know I learned a lot about what it might of been like to live back then. I thought it was interesting just how untamed the countryside was and just how few rights women had.
The story of Ava and Hamish might be my favorite one out of the three. I really enjoyed how sensible Ava is, going from being a privileged young woman to having to work for her keep. The inn setting was delightful.
I highly recommend reading this series, and going through it in order.
I received this book from the author. This is my honest review.