The Highlander's Heart (Highlander #2)
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The Highlander's Heart (Highlander #2)

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Fleeing into the wilderness to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale would sooner face down a wild boar than spend another night with her wretched husband. Battered by the elements, desperate to elude a band of attackers, and defending herself against, as fate would have it, a wild boar she is rescued by the handsome Laird David Campbell.

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Paperback, 440 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published August 1st 2011)
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I enjoyed the different elements going on in this story. Not only was it a story about David Campbell and Isabelle Tynsdale, but it had a small side story for one of David's sisters and her lady in waiting. There was also a small side story about a plot to take out the Bishop involving a man who plays a role in something that happens to Lady Cait Campbell and her lady in waiting. There's also the plot of taking Lady Tynsdale land and castle.

I really loved the break up of the story with everythin...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for so long. I had no idea what I was missing out on until I picked it out of my teetering shelf and opened it. There was a surprise waiting for me inside.

Before this, Amanda Forester was a new –to-me author and as a highlander romance fan, I knew I had to try her books out. Within the first ten pages, I knew this book was different. There was historical accuracy. There were great characters. And there was a handful of charm th...more
For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online at, November 2011 issue.
The perfect romance for those looking for a sweet romance, a good laugh and wonderful sub-plots thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am curious to read more from Amanda Forester. I love romances that can toss in some humor that makes me laugh but doesn't come across as too campy. The romance is sweet and you can definitely feel the chemistry between David and Isabelle but don't hold your breathe if you are one of those romance fans who like the long, detailed sex scenes. This bo...more
Lady Isabelle Tynsdale has just lost her uncle and protector from her cruel husband. To protect her estate Isabelle attempts to see the king to have her marriage annulled. In route to the king she gets separated from her guard and runs into a highlander, Laird David Campbell. David hates the English and cannot step on English soil or he will be arrested. Yet and still he decides to help Isabelle and getting her to safety. However, Isabelle is fearful that she will be discovered and while she wil...more
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At heart website.


This author is new to me, and to make things even more interesting, this is the second book in the series. THE HIGHLANDER'S SWORD was the first one (and tops off my ever growing TBR shelf). I'm one of those readers that HAVE to read the series in order, but this author has done an excellent job, so I truly wasn't aware of the fact that this was the second book in the series.

Isabelle, Countess of Tynsdale, wa...more
3.5 Stars

After reading the author's first book and finding it a really refreshing change from the norm, I was excited to read this book. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first, but it was still a sweet, relaxing read.

The story is very sweet, and nothing really objectionable happens. There are no cringe-worthy moments or traumas. Even the ever-present highlander kidnapping turns out to be a good thing for all involved. The leads were slightly bland for my liking but there were actual...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
An English Lady with sass, an unlikely Highland protector, and plenty of good humor make up this delightfully entertaining historical romance.

After the death of her uncle, English Lady Isabelle Tynsdale is on the run from her cruel husband. Isabelle knows that her husband will kill her if he finds her, just to claim her inheritance, her Uncle’s estate. While on the run from her husband’s men, Isabelle gets lost by herself. She winds up all alone and disheveled and the only help around is a brute...more
The Highlander’s Heart by Amanda Forester
Grade: C+

“‘Tis a shame I canna stay to further yer education on the art of kissing, for if anyone needs it, ‘tis ye.” “I am getting chilled waiting for you to stop whining and start impressing me with your kissing arts.”

At just sixteen years of age Lady Isabelle Tynsdale was wed to the powerful Lord Tynsdale by her uncle in hopes to unite their powerful houses. During the wedding night, Lord Tynsdale goes into a rage almost killing Isabelle and she has to...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Amanda Forester continues her tale of courageous Highlanders in the majestic beauty of Scotland with The Highlander’s Heart.

After the death of her guardian and uncle, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale sets off on a journey to the King to request his help in dissolving her marriage to the vile Lord Tynsdale, who will surely murder Isabel to inherit her uncle’s lands. On the border of Scotland however, her guard runs into that of her husband’s and Isabelle runs for her life. Lost and disheveled, wondering a...more
I’ll start by saying I really enjoyed the writing and characters. Isabelle was very likable, although a bit impulsive. David was your typical brooding hero, but can’t help to rescue the damsel in distress, repeatedly. I liked the plot and to be honest still want to read and find out what will happen next, it was a lot of fun. I only made it about 25% though and decided I should probably just stop. And here’s why:

Normally a cover like this would scare me off. But, not only was this recommended as...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

The Highlander’s Heart combines intrigue, suspense, and pulse-pounding romance. From start to finish, the book takes the reader on an unforgettable journey with characters that come to life on the page. Amanda Forester has penned a novel that historical romance fans will thoroughly enjoy, with multiple twists and turns that will keep readers on their toes.

The heroine, Isabelle, is the perfect balance of strong and vulnerable. Knowing...more
Nice story. It was cute how Isabelle was always up to some kinda mischief. I love dhow David was always having to rescue her. Every time she's get away he'd be right there to catch her again. Story was longer than a normal romance book. Since I have not read book 1 or 3 yet, I look forward to finishing this set. There was very little romance and what was there was bland. The author did not go into any details. So if you are looking for a juicy read, this isn't it. If you want a good story with j...more
Enjoyable book to read. Had a little bit of everything. Drama, romance, humor, adventure.

Laird David Campbell rescues a woman who keeps trying to escape. Lady Isabelle Tynsdale is trying to get to someone who will annul her marriage to Lord Tynsdale so she can be free of his treachery. Although she hasn't seen him in years, he will now want her to return because her uncle has passed and the land that she inherits will be rightfully claimed by her husband. Only she does not know that her husband...more
Had some interesting moments, with generally good writing, but I couldn't get fully invested in the characters, and the subplots were distracting. I skimmed through half of the book. Character-wise, i found Isabelle rather frustrating with her repeated attempts at escape without thinking things through. Campbell was amiable and amusing, but not at all arresting. I did like some of the secondary characters.

Overall, the author seems promising; I would keep an eye out for future books.
3.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review---to read the full text, please visit:

Lady Isabelle Tynsdale was married off at a young age, to a man much older than herself. Her wedding night was horrible—and when he suddenly came in to try and kill her during the night, she fled, running back to the safety of her uncle and her home. That is where she has been for years now; but when her uncle dies, leaving her without any family or protection, sh...more
Diana Leigh
THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART was a captivating story with a strong cast of characters and an intriguing plot line. This is the second book of Amanda Forester's Highlander series, but it can easily be read stand-alone. The story is about a young English lady named Isabelle who escapes her abusive husband by fleeing alone into Scotland. She is rescued (several times) by the rugged and charming Laird David Campbell. David has turmoil in his life too; his loyalty is being torn between the opposing ambitio...more
Regan Walker
Improbable, but Well Told Tale

Second in her Highlander's series, this one is set in England and Scotland in 1355, during the time England held Scotland's King David captive. It tells the story of Lady Isabelle Tynsdale, who is on the run from her English husband. Separated from her guard, she crosses the border into Scotland and meets Laird David Campbell. Once Campbell realizes who she is, he hopes to ransom the English countess. However, Isabelle has no intention of being returned to the horri...more
I received an advanced copy through a Goodreads giveaway.

Cons :
- The author constantly forgets that she's writing an Historical Romance and uses modern terms quite frequently throughout the novel.
- Clean Romance/Christian Romance. I should state that I was not aware that this was a Christian Romance when I first received the novel. This genre might be a pro for a few readers, but it turned out to be a rather large con for me.
- Hated all the religious themes, the book would've flowed a lot better...more
Cherie Jensen
I liked both Isabelle and David. They eased into their affection with each other, in fact, their union is not consummated until near the end, after they marry, since he honors her married state. The force of their attraction did not come through for me. I found it comfortable and indeed neither character is overly passionate. I enjoyed the story but in addition to the lack of passion between the two, there were too many sub-plots. I liked Cait and Andrews mini story plus there is Alys and Archie...more
This is an adorable story and one of how persistance doesn't always get you what you want. Patience is a virtue though and our heroine should have learned this long ago but alas it's not one of her strongest traits.

Lady Isabelle is a real beauty but a little of the persistantly daft side. She will do anything to stay away from her husband and will even tempt the nine lives of a black cat. She's daring, crafty, gutsy, smart but without an ounce of common sense and ever so desperate. Being so desp...more
I'm new to this series, so I read book 2 not knowing there were more. The book pretty much stands for itself, and I absolutely loved the chemistry and interactions of the hero and heroine. Isabelle is escaping from her husband, and manages to run away and get lost - ending up in Scotland. There, she constantly finds herself in trouble, and David Campbell finds himself constantly rescuing her. I love the humor in this book; I found myself laughing out loud at times. I gave the book 4 stars instea...more
The way that the main character keeps showing up after escape attempts are made.
Each character had a clear distinct personality
Author included really hilarious moments (fun-eee; prepare to bust a gut; you will luv reading);
Author knows how to write a great balance between characters dialogue and action/adventure events
Mysterious character that occasionally shows up

A little overcooked on the number of escape attempts BUT the result from the escape attempts were rea...more
The story moves along okay, but this series has an odd, evangelical bent that can feel forced. The book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Flashes of brilliance in some of the dialogue, though.
I won this on goodreads first reads giveaway and it is one of the best books I've received so far.
I really enjoyed the plot and the clumsy was Isabelle seemed to get herself in more trouble than would seem possible for any normal person. Campbell was a very likable yet gruff character with good morals who strives to do what is right. It was sometimes hard to understand why certain things occurred simply because it was set back during the hundred years war and things were very different then. Bu...more
Suzan Tisdale
I can only say that I wish David Campbell were real! ;o) Amanda has succeeded again in writing a humorous and exciting story. The characters are strong, believable and easy to fall in love with. This really is one of those "I couldn't put it down" books!

This is a nail biter and not predictable which is very refreshing. One of my favorite parts is in the very beginning when David kisses Isabelle and he tells her she kisses like his Aunt Edna. Hilarious!!

If I could have given this one ten stars,...more
This was a First Reads award. While I am not a romance novel fan, I did find this book provided interesting main characters in Isabelle, Countess of Alnsworth and Lady Tynsdale, and Sir David Campbell, Laird of Innis Chonnel. The cast of supporting characters to include Laird Douglas and Laird Stewart, Steward of Scotland, and the Duke of Argitaine. The action and unpredictable situations Isabelle seemed to get into made the book readable and enjoyable. I might even try the other books in the se...more
The Highlanders Heart could have been a wonderful story but the lack of communication and constant escape attempts just became more annoying and frustrating for me that I couldn't finish it. I may try another Amanda Forester book in the future. But it could be awhile.
I enjoy this book. It was a gentle romance with humor and intrigue. Somethings were a bit coincidental but all around enjoyable. In reading other's reviews, I would agree that the Christian/faith part was unnecessary and/or contrived at times, although I found the church's influence and machinations interesting. Hopefully these reflected it's true undertakings at the time. I often read historical fiction for the history and to understand history in a more palitable way.
David Campbell encounters a young woman who needs rescuing on the road. She seems to find trouble easily and needs frequent rescuing. Her name is Lady Tynsdale and she is trying to avoid going back to her husband. David (Laird Campbell) decides to ransom her to her husband and takes her back to his keep for the time being. As the story develops we discover why she does not want to go back to her husband. During this time she and David fall for each other.
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Amanda Forester holds a PhD in clinical psychology and a Masters degree in theology. As a psychologist, she has worked as a clinical researcher and a university instructor (what they call you when they don’t want to give you tenure). None of which has anything to do with writing romance novels. After trying for many years to stop the internal storylines floating around her head, she finally gave u...more
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