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Highlander for the Holidays

(Pine Creek Highlanders #8)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,769 ratings  ·  138 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 Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, read-2018
"It is with my deepest sorrow that I am to inform you of the death of our beloved: Janet Chapman passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 with a long battle of cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones. Janet was a truly marvelous woman, I will greatly miss her. Please pray for her husband and family. ~Vanetta “keep sprinkling the magic”"

This is one of my very favorite author's -as a matter of fact, I just finished a re-re-re-read of almost all her book, last week. I had a suspicion that som
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"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
Sandy M
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another of my favorite "feel good" series. It is all about the magic. Oh yeah, and highlanders! Gotta love highlanders!
Christine Seybolt
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-lit, series
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
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
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
I read the rest of this series a really long time ago so I didn't remember a lot of it but I wanted to finish this last book. I should have known when I didn't really remember this series that it wasn't one I really liked. This book was just okay. I think the most frustrating thing was that the parts of the book with the most "meat" were all off stage. When the heroine finally remembered what happened it was off stage. When the hero and his relatives caught the bad guy it was off stage. The fact ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: men-in-kilts
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.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Timing worked out really well for this one since I actually got to read it for the holidays. I can't recommend her books highly enough if you need a break from the cares of the world and need something with a story that transports you into the story strongly enough that everything around you just goes away and the next thing you know hours have gone by. There are not many book that do this for me but all of Janet Chapman's books do. Start at the beginning and then just enjoy
Kelly Rhinesmith-klupp
This was a bit slow-quick. There was the "hurry up and get to the point" and the "wait... what just happened?"

I loved Toby and Roger. I would love to see them more in whatever series they might end up!
Margret Wacker
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just love reading your books when I run out of books

To read i just go back and enjoy reading your books again or just buying a new one of your😀
Just because they are always a great story's so keep writing so I can keep reading your books
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story about people who are disfigured in one way or another, good romance between Jessie and Ian, and a little magic from Roger. Good peaceful read.
Wilma J Osborn
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great find ! Great twist and great ending. First book I have reads of writer Chapman's and won't be the last. I have developed a special place for Highlanders!!
Sandra Walker
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want an Ian for my own, hehehe! Seriously though, this one was good. I don't mind reading about the old fashion men in Janet's books because they are just like my husband.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a sweet seasonal romance, an easy read.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this story. It was extremely well written and very lighthearted.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty sweet book, even though you knew where it was going. But even so, the characters and the action will win you over. Didn’t know this was #8 in a series!
Author: Janet Chapman
First published: 2011
Length: 4354 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Pine Creek, Maine.
Sex: Reasonably explicit.
Hero: Works at family Mountain resort.
Heroine: Recovering from traumatic event.
Paranormal: Time travel, and an odd relationship with a mountain.
Trigger: Violence. Heroine is badly injured during a home invasion, her husband was killed.
Includes: Excerpt from Spellbound Falls

Recovering from a violent home invasion, Jessie moves to Pine Creek to start over. First
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Highlander #8 - Had It - Read It - 2011
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Robin Priddy
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: traded, contemporary
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
Aug 26, 2011 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
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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January 22, 1956 – October 28, 2017

Hey guys its Jessica. Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. I apologize for the long overdue wait for Janet’s next book. You’ve all been very patient and loyal fans that she loves. She has been working on this book over the last year and a half while dealing with her battle with cancer. It saddens me to say that she peacefully lost this battle this past weekend while

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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.” 3 likes
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