Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.
But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…
Once Upon A Plaid is the third installment of The Spirit of the Highlands series by Mia Marlowe. (Plaid to the Bone, Plaid Tidings are the first two)
This historical romance deals with a subject not often covered in romance novels of any genre. Infertility. It is a heartbreaking subject for any couple who want to have children with all their heart. Imagine how emotional the inability of a wife to bear children for her husband was in olden times – when the need for an heir often cause women to lose their husbands if not their heads.
Be prepared for an emotional story.
Read on for my thoughts on Once Upon A Plaid. No true spoilers, promise.
I’m not going to get too detailed in this review. Because to really feel the emotions of Katherine and William you need to actually read their story.
But I can give you an overall feel for that story.
Katherine and William have been married for four years without a living babe to show their love or to ensure the safety or future of William’s lineage and lands. One stillborn son and many miscarriages later Katherine has decided to leave William so that he can set her aside and find a more fruitful wife.
The only problem with that plan – William does not want another wife. In fact, he loves his only wife and sees no reason at all to set her aside. Children will come in time, if only Katherine would stop harping on the subject. And if they didn’t, then their love for each other was enough for him. Why couldn’t she see that?
In the midst of Yuletide, with a possible takeover attempt of his father-in-law’s castle by a power hungry relative – William must woo his wife and keep her from leaving him for his own good. The only good William wanted was his Katherine at his side, no matter what the future held.
This is such an emotion read. The story of two people who obviously love each other, grieve for their stillborn child in far different ways who need to find their way back to each other.
Yes, there are really sensual love scenes, William is a hunk there is no denying that.
But that is not the main story. The story is how two people handle their childless marriage -and how one stubborn, determined man, who loves his wife, will do anything to prove that love to her until she believes that she is enough for him.
I highly recommend it with 5 stars. I think, if you enjoy historical romance, seeing two people who are deeply in love get past a tragedy to fulfill that love – then you will want to read this novel.