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The Saint: A Highland Guard Novel (vuoden 2012 painos)

Tekijä: Monica McCarty (Tekijä)

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. Magnus MacKay is the ultimate Highlander: tough, proud, able to master any terrain and to best his enemies. Called "the Saint" for his refusal to discuss women, as well as for his cool and steady leadership, Magnus hides a painful truth. It isn't virtue or piety that keeps him silent, but a wound of love and loss that cuts so deep he cannot bear to speak of it. But when the woman who refused him is betrothed to his friend and fellow Guardsman, Magnus is tested by love's battle cry. A wild and innocent beauty, Helen chose family duty over her desire for Magnus. Now the anger in his eyes mirrors the tormented regret in her heart. But as deadly subterfuge stalks the King and his Guard, Helen vows to right her youthful mistakes with a woman's determined spirit. Still, Magnus harbors secrets and an iron will not to weaken to temptation-or heartache-again. But as danger looms, it's the kiss not of a saint, but of a sinner, that can save them.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Saint: A Highland Guard Novel
Kirjailijat:Monica McCarty (Tekijä)
Info:Ballantine Books (2012), Edition: Original, 448 pages
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  aeryn0 | Jul 23, 2023 |
Although I liked this story, I found myself getting annoyed by the stubbornness of the characters and the back and forth, “I love him/her but I can’t be with him/her.” I think it went on way too long. I mean, I understand being prideful and stubborn but when it goes on too long and when the characters do things to try to get the other person out of their head and heart, they diminish that love and after so long, I start just not caring if they are with each other or not.

I was so disappointed in Magnus when he openly flirted with the serving girl, Joanna, in front of Helen and then actually went to meet the girl to have sex with her and would have if Helen had not intervened. I was ready to give up on his ‘Saintly’ character. I couldn’t believe that Helen went into the dark storage room and when Magnus grabbed ahold of her in the dark thinking she was the serving girl, groping her and saying dirty things to her and when Helen didn’t let him know it was her and let him almost have sex with her even after he called her Joanna. If I were Helen, it would have broken my heart and my pride would have never forgiven him but she knew he was trying to prove to himself and everyone else that he was over her. It wreaked of desperation. My heart broke during this scene. The only saving grace for Helen was how she told Joanna that Magnus had a wee rash down there so she wouldn’t meet him…it cracked me up.

Magnus MacKay is part of the secret group of elite warriors who make up Robert Bruce’s Highland Guard. They are thought of as “phantom warriors” because nobody knows if they are myth or truth. They go on secret missions for King Robert under disguise. Their motto is, “Bas roimh géill” which means “Death before surrender” because they would be tortured until they gave up the identities of the others in the group if they were captured but none of these warriors would ever talk.
Helen Sutherland met Magnus when she was fourteen on the beach at the Highland Games. The Sutherland’s and MacKay’s have a long standing feud. The families hate each other but Helen and Magnus didn’t care and have been meeting secretly for years at the games. When Helen turns eighteen, Magnus asks her to marry him but her brother catches them together and guilts her into choosing her family over him because of her father’s illness. She has to make a split decision and chooses her family but instantly regrets it and never forgets Magnus. She believes he will come after her and they will run away together but he never does. Her family betroths her to her brother’s friend, William Gordon who just happens to be part of the Highland Guard, unbeknownst to Helen or anyone.

In past books, especially the last book, Magnus does not join in with the other’s men dirty talk of women which has earned him his nickname “Saint” and he always walks away when his best friend and partner talks about his betrothal. Only Lachlan MacRuairi has caught onto the truth though. Magnus has never said a thing about Helen to anyone. He doesn’t think he has a chance since Helen’s refusal to marry him. William doesn’t even know Helen. He is just doing what his family wants him to do.

It’s been years but when Helen sees Magnus at the castle where she is to be married, she goes to him before the ceremony and professes her love to him but he tells her he doesn’t feel the same so she goes ahead and marries William Gordon. At the wedding feast, she sees Magnus with a woman on his lap and doesn’t cover her reaction before her new husband sees it. William finally figures it out and refuses to bed Helen on their wedding night, saying he will not sleep with someone who is in love with someone else. He tells her he will give her a few hours to figure out if she wants to have the marriage annulled or not and leaves her alone to decide but he never returns that night because the Highland Guard is called away on a secret mission to rescue the king’s brother, Edward Bruce.

The story has lots of action and loosely follows events in history regarding Robert Bruce. A lot of the events happen at the home of the Sutherland’s, Dunrobin Castle. The author has really done her homework. As an added bonus, she adds her author’s notes at the end of each book and writes about her inspirations and about the real events that happened in history. I have to admire her inventiveness and her knowledge of history.

"Dunrobin Castle -Sutherland -Scotland-26May2008 (2)" by Dunrobin_Castle_-Sutherland_-Scotland-26May2008.jpg: jack_spellingbaconderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) - originally posted to Flickr as Dunrobin castle and uploaded to commons at Dunrobin_Castle_-Sutherland_-Scotland-26May2008.jpg. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I am really starting to like Robert Bruce’s character. He sees more than people realize and he has a wicked sense of humor. I loved when Helen, after studying how the servants flirted, was trying to get Magnus to notice her so she wore a low-cut dress and bent way over while serving him and Robert Bruce their wine and Magnus started squirming in his seat because she was getting to him…how Helen thought he was squirming because he had hemorrhoids but Robert Bruce knew why and started choking because he was trying not to laugh. It was hilarious.

There was also a side story about William Sutherland and his love for the physician’s daughter.
The book also had a lot about the other brother, Kenneth Sutherland who may become the new recruit to the Highland Guard.

Of course, I’m going to read the next book in the series, The Recruit. Hmmmm, I wonder what it’s about?


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  dragonlion | Jul 30, 2022 |
"She had everything she wanted. She'd found her more."

Helen is my favorite heroine in this series so far. She knows herself so well, recognizing both her faults and her virtues. And she knows what she wants and doesn't hesitate to go after it. I love Magnus, as well. He has a rough time of it, but he remains, forever and always, steadfast.

I could have done without the inclusion of Will and Muriel's story. It added a nice touch for the epilogue, but I kind of just sped through their parts to get back to Magnus and Helen. Despite that, I don't want to take away a star because I loved Magnus and Helen so much. They went through a lot and grew so much individually and together. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
The Saint is the correct description of the Hero in this novel. He is a man torn by morals and duty. He views the world in rights and wrongs. He is devout in his beliefs. He is full of Honor. Magnus MacKay is a Saint so to speak.

This book is about Magnus MacKay and Helen Sutherland. When they were young they met by chance. They became friends and fell in love. Despite their families long running feud with each other. They meet in secret.

Unfortunately, one day, Helen's brother catches them together. Her brother Kenneth and Magnus get into an argument. Magnus has asked Helen to Marry him and run away with him. Caught up herself with morals and duty she declines his proposal.

Now fast forward. Magnus joins his best friend Gordon, to attend his wedding to Helen. Gordon and Magnus are partners and members of the Highland Guard. Magnus, being the saint that he is, doesn't tell Gordon that the woman he is betrothed to is Helen.

The book starts ripe with controversy. It has several twists and turns. The characters struggle with inner demons throughout. But it is a beautiful thing to watch them unravel and mend. This was a wonderful book. Again I am not let down by Monica McCarty's engaging writing style. You write so well I am transported through time and space. Write into the heart of the character. Can't wait to continue this series. ( )
  LeahGreenClark | Oct 28, 2018 |
I don't know what to say about this book without repeating myself (if you read all of my other reviews about the Highland Guard Series, you know what I'm saying)...
Monica McCarty is one of my favorite authors and still she manages to make me "love" her more with each new book. I have a few favorites among them (The Chief, The Viper) and this is one of them. Each character is well defined, built not only based on true historical facts but from a wonderful and powerful imagination.
In here we found a strong, powerful and trustworthy warrior. Magnus MacKay struggles with his passions and beliefs as well as a sense of betrayal that only make him more 'likeable'. It is the Highland way, to put honor and the clan first and in here we can see what the feuds did to the clans (even if this romance is fictional).
Still waters run deep and that's all I have to say about Magnus.
As for Helen, well, she was a woman and I believe that it was hard to be one in those days. She is strong, faithful and resourceful, she isn't a lady in need of rescue. I believe that they made a great pair.
In this book we learn more about the Highland Guard and they 'modus operandi', there is more battle and action scenes as well.
This is a must read. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | Jul 20, 2013 |
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. Magnus MacKay is the ultimate Highlander: tough, proud, able to master any terrain and to best his enemies. Called "the Saint" for his refusal to discuss women, as well as for his cool and steady leadership, Magnus hides a painful truth. It isn't virtue or piety that keeps him silent, but a wound of love and loss that cuts so deep he cannot bear to speak of it. But when the woman who refused him is betrothed to his friend and fellow Guardsman, Magnus is tested by love's battle cry. A wild and innocent beauty, Helen chose family duty over her desire for Magnus. Now the anger in his eyes mirrors the tormented regret in her heart. But as deadly subterfuge stalks the King and his Guard, Helen vows to right her youthful mistakes with a woman's determined spirit. Still, Magnus harbors secrets and an iron will not to weaken to temptation-or heartache-again. But as danger looms, it's the kiss not of a saint, but of a sinner, that can save them.

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