from Mia Marlowe...
Today, I’m turning the Jaunty Quills over to romance reader and blogger extraordinaire, Kim Lowe. I first met Kim online when she hosted me on one of my many blog tours. Then when I visited Hawaii with my family last year, our online friendship blossomed in real life! Kim met us the day before we boarded our cruise ship and took us on a wonderful, behind-the-scenes tour of Pearl Harbor and Hickham AFB. Then after our cruise, she met us at the dock with a rental van and drove us into the fragrant hills overlooking Honolulu for a tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Home. Kim was so knowledgeable and such fun, she was the highlight of our vacation!
And true to her giving spirit, Kim is here today to share a great read with us all. Ok, Kim. The Jaunty blog is now yours.
Mahalo, Mia, for hosting me today at the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills. I love the name of this blog – the sisterhood. Blogs like Jaunty Quills offer me entrée into a cyber sisterhood of romance readers. Perhaps this is why I enjoy continuing series – I grow comfortable with the extended cast of characters. Yet all good things come to an end, including series.
Today I chat about the bittersweet anticipation of Cathy Maxwell’s THE DEVIL’S HEART, the finale of the Chattan Curse. The series began with a 17th century curse,
When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above…
Charles Chattan abandoned his Scottish sweetheart, Rose MacNachtan, for an English heiress, prompting Rose’s mother to cast a devastating curse on the Chattan family. Fast forward to the 19th Century where the Chattan family is socially connected in Regency England. Yet Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon, desires a family in Book 1, LYON’S BRIDE. He hires society matchmaker, Thea Martin, to find him a bride he cannot love … only to fall in love with Thea.
Neal’s willing to risk his life for love prompts his brother, Harry, to wake up from his drunken stupor to find a witch to reverse the curse in Book 2, THE SCOTTISH WITCH. He encounters a desperate Portia Maclean posing as a witch, only to fall under her spell.
With both brothers in peril, their sister Margaret, a London lady, ventures into the heart of the Highlands in Book 3, THE DEVIL’S HEART. She confronts the witch’s descendent, Heath Macnachtan, a sensible laird who cannot understand Margaret’s fear of the curse – a fear that his clansmen also share. Despite that fear, Margaret is welcomed into the sisterhood of his household, where she sees love abound despite their financial difficulties. Margaret draws from her brothers’ courage and Heath’s compassion to track down the long dead witch.
As much as I wanted Margaret to find a resolution, that meant the story (and series) would be over. As hard at it was for Margaret to let go of her brothers so they could find love, it is hard for me as a reader to let go of this series set in Scotland. In the end, Margaret proved that she, too, deserves her own HEA along with Neal and Harry. But how did she secure the HEA for all three siblings? Let me just say that Cathy Maxwell surprised me and satisfied me with the climax. THE DEVIL’S HEART should be labeled, “Read with a box of tissue”, as Margaret also learns that love is worth the risk.
I would like to offer a print copy of THE DEVIL’S HEART to one commenter here at the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills. Three seems to be the magic number in a series – how many books do you think is “just right” for a series?
About Kim: Kim Lowe is a military spouse and romance enthusiast. After four years in Hawaii, she is moving back to Baltimore this summer, ready for in person sisterhood with other romance readers. Check out her travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at alohaonmymind.blogspot.com.
Mia here again. Thanks, Kim! The Devil’s Heart sounds great.
Ok, now it’s your turn. What’s the right number of books for a series? (I’d also be interested to know your favorite series!)