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Highlander for the Holidays (Pine Creek Highlanders #8)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,226 ratings  ·  114 reviews
After a brutal attack, Jessie Pringle moved to the small mountain town of Pine Creek, Maine, to start over. But she never expected to meet Ian MacKeage, who had seemingly stepped right out of the Scottish Highlands. As drawn to Ian as he is to her, Jessie finds it more and more difficult to deny her own desires...

Then, on one of her long walks through the wilderness, she
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Jove (first published January 1st 2011)
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Healing one's self is nearly impossible-and far less rewarding-compared to the magic that's created when two sols combine their strengths and heal together."

Jess Pringle has moved to the isolated small snowy town of Pine Creek, in Maine, to start over. She experienced a terrifying brutal attack four years ago that left her both physically and mentally scarred. She is ready to put the past behind her. So moving away from the city and living life in the wilds of Maine is just what she thinks she
This started out as a cute holiday contemporary then ventured off in the the Twilight Zone.

First off the hero is Scottish, I totally get that but he's been born and raised in Maine in some small, backwater town and but still has a Scottish accent (ala Jamie from Outlander) with all the "ye's" and "ochs". All his male counterparts talk the same. Is it because they have a clan in this town? If so, wouldn't they have some sort of Maine accent, not a Scottish one?

Hero's Scottish ancestor from some p
Barbara ★
I've always been intrigued by highlanders and time travel so this series has always just clicked for me. This installment is no different. I really liked Ian MacKeage and his having an affinity for the handicapped and disabled explained his instant attraction to Jessie Pringle. And when he heard the whole "I lost my boob" thing in the woods, he was beyond intrigued. On a side note, (view spoiler) ...more
Christine Morehouse
One word describes New York Times bestselling Author Janet Chapman’s eighth installment in her highlander series latest release, HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS...Phenomenal! Released by Pocket Star Books this past October fans have been in desperation for that hottie highlander Ian McKeage and he is now here spreading a magical cherry this holiday season.

Jessie Pringle has headed north to the quaint country town of Pine Creek, Maine after seeing the resort brochure. After a severe attack has left h
Let me just begin by saying, there’s nothing like starting a series with the very last book! Yep, you heard that right. It’s number 8 in the Highlander Series. I gather from a quick browse on Barnes and Noble that our hero is actually a son of one of the couples in the first books of the series. So if you’re familiar with the series you won’t find any comparisons from prior novels in this review. Nope. Instead I’m gonna break down why reading the last book in a series made me hungry to go back t ...more
This was a refreshing return to Maine and Mt. Tarstone. The story focused on Jessie who was drawn to Pine Lake and relocated from Atlanta based on a brochure she had seen. First night she meets Ian MacGregor and the rest of the story is how she is instantly adopted into the clan and all the pieces fall into romantic place. She gets a little nudge from the mysterious hermit Roger now and then, to help her work thru her past and the danger she and Ian still face. These books always end with the HE ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
Wow sooo cool and what a twist... though i saw it well before the hero or heroine it was a fun little change. Took me so long to figure out who this Ian was since i knew it couldnt be the one i was thinking of. Waiting to read it kept me wracking my brain to figure that one out but by the time i was through the first few chapters i had it all figured out. We really need a Family tress of all these Wonderful Clans and how they all come together.
I have this secret, I am a big softie with children and pets.

So I fell in love with Toby first, Jessie's service dog, a wonderful soul, so in tune with her I was left speechless. Very often out pets are more sensible than people who live with us ;)

And then I fell in love with Jessie, a scared woman, brutally attacked in the past with enough scars to remind her how lucky is to be alive.

And then I fell in love with another sensible, mulish, sweet highlander.

A very sweet story, Janet Chapman is not
Ony Alber
Ok Janet Chapman need to stop this sneak peek at the end of her books really it's not fair I've just finished the whole 8 books of Pine Creek Highlanders series which I enjoyed so much after struggling with the first book i cant believe i could have missed this mystery funny romance fiction harmony in it but now she got me all over again that i have to finish Midnight Bay series but i have made up my mind am not going near Spellbound Falls which is I am sure is a great series for as far as i hav ...more
I was looking at my list and noticed the word Highlander on a lot of the books I've read. That being said, when I picked this up, I wondered if it would still be fresh, if it was reworking an old theme and if I was still going to to love this series. That's a main concern when you're a reading junkie like want your favorite authors to write 6 books a year and all be fabulous stories and plot lines...

Anyway, I dug in...holding my breath, hoping this would live up to her past achievements
May Mostly Romance
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Sandy M
I’m always wary after a number of books in a series that they can and will start to sound the same, nothing new going on, and everything becomes boring. But I have thoroughly enjoyed this series from the beginning. Janet Chapman has kept the characters and the storylines fresh and she’s kept these brawny Highland heroes true to their ancestry and homeland, though they’ve been in the modern-day United States for several decades now.

What started out as a time travel romance with the first book in
Robin Priddy
Four years after an home invasion left her husban of three months dead and her fighting for her life, Jessie Pringle decides it is time to take over her life and stop feeling like a victim. Along with her service dog, a rottweiler named Toby, Jessie moves from Georgia to Pine Creek Maine to get away from her well meaning family. When Jessie was on the internet looking at ski resorts as far away north as you can get, she sent away for a brochure from TarStone Mountain Ski Resort. She dismisses th ...more
Janet Chapman does it again. This is the one author of a very few, that I know will never ever disappoint me. Ms Chapman can take an unlikely pairing of people and twine their stories and lives into something delicious and sexy to read. Moreover, “Highlander for the Holidays” is no exception. A lovely, sweet, and somewhat surprising love story mixed with a very non-taxing rather easy to solve mystery. This was just what I need during the holidays.

This is the story of Jessie Pringle and Ian MacK
Oh god I'm so embarrassed but yes, this is the SECOND terrible Janet Chapman time travel vaguely medieval Scottish dudes in kilts make the best lovers I've inhaled in recent weeks. What's even more terrible is that if another comes my way I will totally hole up and read it until it is done. They're . . . they're. . . what are they, exactly? I have no idea. When you have vaguely (very vaguely; Janet Chapman doesn't seem to be one of those historic romance writers who does her research) medieval S ...more
Lover of Romance
After a terrible event and four years later, Jessie is looking for a fresh start and a place to be herself once more....a magical place and when she comes across a brochure for a mountain town in Maine, she heads there as soon as she can knowing its exactly the place that she needs. On her first day she meets Ian, who reminds her of a conan the scottish highlander only way more sexy, and ever though her body is scarred and feels like less of a woman, he makes her feel more feminine and sensual t ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
OK... I'm having a problem with this story already. In the beginning of the story, it says "Help me Toby (her working dog)I lost my boob!"

Sooo this is what I am thinking. Prior to her attack, she had a job that does have insurance. Big corps it is a law to offer it, plus her husband had money... Umm people with breast cancer & have mastectomys (killed the spelling on that) get to have boobs replaced. It is covered. SOOO with her attack, why would she not have one. No girl with psycological
Once Upon
I am a fan of anything that relates to highlander as you can notice by my preferred reading material. This is one of those books and is one as well that you’ll want to finish in one seating and relish the warmth and cozy feeling it provides.

Jessie is moving from the City in Georgia to a small town called Pine Creek in Maine. She is confident that this is the change she needs, even if family and friends believe that she has lost her mind and try to convince her to abort the plans. Something that
Story - good. Series is getting more and more convoluted. First there were 5 men and a wizard - Pendaar. Then there were 5 men, Pendaar, and an owl. Later there were 5 men, Pendaar, an owl, a wolf... and was one of those 5 men possessing powers himself?? Then there were 5 men, Pendaar, an owl... and the baby all grown up who appeared to be able to circumvent Pendaar...and bring back a panther cub.

Then there were 5 men, Pendaar, the panther, the grown up kid... and the prophesied replacement for
I find it difficult to put into words what exactly it is about this novel that endeared it so greatly to my heart. Perhaps if it had not provided a much needed escape for me this week, I would not have been left with such a profound, satisfied glow upon completion. I will never know the "why" of my immense enjoyment I suppose, but neither do I feel it matters.

I have found much to appreciate in each of Janet Chapman's novels; the Midnight Bay trilogy resides amongst my all time favorites--yet thi
Jan 07, 2012 Tina marked it as to-read
Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads contest-Thanks!

I have always enjoyed Janet Chapman’s Highlander series. You are guaranteed a sweet romance. Highlander for the Holidays is no different. This is a good feel-put a smile on your face-sweet romance story.

I liked how the author introduced us to the heroine, Jessie. She is shrouded in mystery and you learn about her and her background in bits and pieces yet just enough to keep you interested. She is funny, quirky, resilient, and she talks to
A fun magical story.

I received this book as an ARC from Goodreads and enjoyed it immensely. This is the eighth in the Highlander series so I was worried I would be lost. I have this series on a TBR list however just have not started it. I was not lost at all. Although the story is about a large highland family from the past and present I was able to enjoy this story without all the backstory.

Jessie is a scared and scarred women who has selected Pine Creek as her healing place. The magical commun
Another top notch book from Janet Chapman. I have loved her blatantly alpha males from the beginning. From his first meeting with Jessie, Ian knew that she was something special. He could see the shadows in her eyes, and when he witness one of her seizures he went into full protection mode. He could also see that she was a capable and independent woman who didn't want to be coddled. At the same time, Jessie couldn't believe that she was so immediately attracted to Ian. Her exposure to the rest o ...more
This is the first book by Chapman that I have read, but I really enjoyed it and plan on looking for more books by her. Chapman introduces a courageous heroine in Jessie Pringle who is trying to get on with her life after a brutal attack nearly killed her. I loved how Chapman made Jessie such a strong character whose physical imperfections didn't stop her from finding happiness, love, and a new life. Ian was the perfect hero for Jessie who had a few demons of his own to fight. The secondary chara ...more
"Ian scrubbed his hands over his face, wanting to roar. Jessie Pringle had more courage in her one and half boobs than he had in his entire being."

I really love this author. I love the way she can mingle a great, interesting story, with humor. Jessie is the embodiment of that. She lived through something horrible and was scarred by it, but still found the courage to keep living and keep smiling. Janet Chapman writes her so well that you don't know whether to laugh or cry right along with her, es
My first time reading Janet Chapman and boy was I glad I picked up this book. I've tried out new authors only to be disappointed but Janet can really draw the reader into the storyline with characters being lifelike, the storyline real. I read this book saying I'll get to the laundry or vacuuming after this chapter is done but I never put the book down. When this happens, I know I've found another reliable author. Being close to Christmas, I tend to read stories with Christmas themes and put off ...more
Lisa P
I thoroughly enjoyed this free book I received from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. With a little bit of magic, a heavy dose of Scottish testosterone, and possibly the coolest dog ever…what’s not to like about Janet Chapman’s latest book in her Highlander series. Right from the get go, this book draws you into the quaint town of Pine Creek, Maine and doesn’t let go…I could almost smell the pine trees and fresh air as I was reading. Ian is extremely old-fashioned when it comes to romance, and ...more
More like 2.5 - I think I would have had more patience for some of the writing ticks if I had started with the first book & had more world-building info
Jennifer Kronk
I liked this book so much until I got to the end. The ending is unsatisfying for a few reasons. It is also unsurprising. And the event that should have been the climax all happens "off-stage." What's that about?
However, what I like about the book was that the couple really likes each other. I'm tired of romances that begin with, "I hate him yet I am drawn to him!" I've read too many stories like that. It was nice to read about a couple who like each other and worked towards an actual relationshi
I wanted to like this book. So many elements I thought I would enjoy. But so many of the best parts took place off the page. The revisit of the trauma. The capture of the villain. So. Incredibly Frustrating. Anything that promised drama happened off stage. What we were left with was vanilla.

A huge disappointment was the fact that the 'magical ancestor' gave away so much information early in the book. It totally robbed the romance of any tension or power. And it was like the author was making up
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Janet Chapman is the author of twenty-two contemporary and magical romance novels, all of which are set in her beautiful state of Maine. She lives in a cozy log home on a beautiful lake with her husband, surrounded by an eclectic assortment of wildlife that she finds both entertaining and inspiring. Probably bes
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Other Books in the Series

Pine Creek Highlanders (8 books)
  • Charming the Highlander (Highlander, #1)
  • Loving the Highlander (Highlander, #2)
  • Wedding the Highlander (Highlander, #3)
  • Tempting the Highlander (Highlander, #4)
  • Only With a Highlander (Highlander, #5)
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“Toby placed his front paws on the track, looked up at Ian, and whined.

"What in hell are you wearing, big man?" he asked, staring down at the dog.

"It's his sweater."

"That's a terrible thing to do to a noble beast," Ian muttered, grabbing the sweater by the hem and pulling it up over Toby's head.

-Ian and Jessie”
“Oh yeah; his chest still hurt from the blow she'd given him earlier, and was now throbbing quite painfully with wanting her. Keeping her lips occupied while being mindful she wasn't very limber, Ian maneuvered Jessie onto his lap and tucked her head into the crook of his arm to get serious about loving her mouth.” 2 likes
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