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Highland Bride (Murray Family #6)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,133 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Though she has yet to be courted by any man, spirited Gillyanne Murray decides the time has come to visit the dower lands gifted to her by her father's kinsmen. She arrives to find the small keep surrounded by three lairds, each one vying for her hand . . . and property. Though resolved to refuse them all, the threat of battle on her threshold forces her to boldly choose a ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More


I have got to stop reading Hannah Howell books. I just don’t enjoy them. All too often I find the same story or plot device just in a different book. I think this is one of those authors I’m just going to have to part ways with.

For those of you who like Hannah Howell, this is one of her better heroines. I really liked Gilly, which is funny since I didn’t care for her in Highland Knight.

Gilly has grown into a realistic and intelligent woman.

Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Loved reading this book. You will fall in love with the fun characters. Gillyanne is a little fireball, and sweeps Conner away with her love and strength. Conner is hansome and fierce, but needs a guiding hand in thier relationship. Have fun reading this one.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Gillyanne's character throughout the Murray series, her book did not disappoint.

Gillyanne Murray has dower lands gifted to her from her father's kinsmen and she decides that she is going to go visit them and the keep there. Gillyanne has always felt that men never paid any attention to her and she was wanting the romance that her cousins had found. Afraid she will never marry, Gillyanne decides she'll just become the laird of her dower lands. Unknown to her, the three lairds
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: used-book-store
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The only reason I gave this two stars is because the beginning was funny and I liked the heroine. She had spunk and she was quite amusing. Otherwise, it would have been an easy one star rating.

I found two major turnoffs for me in this novel.

First, I thought the hero, Conner, was a dud. His character started off well, being amused and appreciative of Gil
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Gillyanne Murray (daughter of Eric and Bethia Murray in Highland Promise) and Connor MacEnroy--his siblings have stories (Fiona of 11 knives/Highland Warrior, etc).

Eric and Bethia didn't follow tradition of the time period and made sure EACH of their children had their own "lands." In this tale, Gillyanne Murray travels to her lands to find a feud amongst her surrounding neighbors. They decided (while she was gone) that she needed to marry one of them. Ever the diplomat, she comes up wit
Danette Steward
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: howell-hannah
This was a good one!!
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin
Je viens de découvrir l’auteur et je suis ravie.
J’ai aimé ce roman ou les personnages principaux et secondaires ne manquent pas de caractère et de volonté !
J’ai aimé le fait que l’héroïne (Gillyanne) sache ce qu’elle veut, j’ai aussi compris son sentiment de solitude lorsque l’on est entouré que de couple d’où découle son envie de d’aller voir les terres dont elle est propriétaire.
J’ai aimé la façon dont elle se débarrasse de ces assaillants. J’ai trouvé cela ingénieux, mais aussi positivement i
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a boring book. Gyllyanne was literally the hero(that's right ,not heroine!) of the book. I honestly could not stand the dialogues in the book. The strong scottish english spoken was not attractive!I understood what they were saying...and author did a good job in depicting scottish accent by writing in that format but I could not stand it.

The book is about 3 clan leaders(laird), fighting to marry Gillyanne just to get her dowry land, which is between their lands. She eventually chooses one,C
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am very new to Hannah Howell's writing, but i've read about 10 of her books in the last 2 months. Though I was entertained enough by the plots to keep reading them, I continued to buy them to see if I was going to finally see some originality from one story to the next. I feel like all the female characters in the books i've read so far are EXACTLY the same, and the men, too... for the most part. Their actions might be a little different, and their backgrounds, but their thoughts and feelings ...more
Sara Mitchell
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gillyanne Murray has decided it's time to go visit her dower lands as well retreat from her loving but overwhelming family. However, once she has arrived she is faced upon a tough decision of choosing from three suitors who only want her for her land. Through smart thinking she has managed to avoid bloodshed as the three Laird prepare to fight for her. But bloodshed may soon come and she picks one from among the three, Connor MacEnroy. Connor MacEnroy has been in charge of his clan since he was ...more
Apr 08, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: highland/historical romance readers
The third of the trilogy I think, but the first one I've read. Twenty-one year old Gilly gives up on waiting for a husband and decides to go live in her dowry lands. The three neighboring lords immediately try to coerce her into marrying one of them. She holds them off for a few days with some amusings antics, but when it comes down to picking one or risking bloodshed, she goes with the stoic Connor. A standard brusque but kindhearted hero must be tamed by the loving heroine plot, with a possibl ...more
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has it all. A manly man, a heroic woman, and romance. I really enjoyed this story. I have always loved the tartness of Gillyanne and was glad to see her have a most interesting story. Although, there were many times I wanted to smack Connor, the overall story was great. It was nice to see that she was able to show him the error of his ways and work her way into his heart. This is a story that you can read over and over again and find more to like about it.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevěsta z Vysočiny
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
"Gillyanne was still completely astonished that such a beautiful man could be such a poor lover." p.94, loc.1243

Author: Hannah Howell
First published: 2002
Length: 333 pages, 4725 locations
Setting: Scotland, 1465. Scottish Highlands.
Sex: frequent but pretty erotic. First time is rushed and unfulfilling, but he gets better.
Hero: Has fought for his clan after the death of many. He has been forced by circumstance to be hard and unemotional.
Series: Book 6 of Howell's Murray series. Book 1 of the MacEn
Romancing the Book
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Robin
Review copy provided by publisher

A big fan of Hannah Howell’s and having read some of the other Highland stories led me to read of Gillyanne Murray, the daughter of Eric and Bethia whom I met in the Highland Promise. Having just finished Highland Honor a few weeks ago I was excited to read Highland Bride.

So, after writing up a few of my other reviews, I grabbed a cup of tea and sat down to read Highland Bride.

I wasn't disappointed. Sometimes it is nice to have a gentle romance t
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après deux très bons tomes, celui-ci est un peu en dessous même si les personnages sont intéressants et sympathiques.

Nous avons découvert Gilly dans le tome précèdent, alors qu'elle était capturée avec sa cousine Avery en France et ramenée par Cameron MacAlpin en Écosse. La jeune fille a bien grandi et souhaite aujourd'hui prendre possession du domaine légué par son grand-père. En effet, la vie au sein de la famille Murray commence à lui être pesante et elle aimerait se trouver un but, comme pre
Scooper Speaks
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Lines: “And, weel, to tell the truth, I can ne’er fully forget that I’m sticking my precious pintle into a well-used vessel.” (p. 133)

Do you love Hannah Howell’s Scottish romances? If so, you will be thrilled to hear Highland Bride, originally released in 2002, is being re-released in August. It has a new cover, but is filled with the tasty goodness of the Murrays’ Highland series.

This book is a classic romance set in Scotland. There is no deep story line or mystery to figure out, but t
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Hannah Howell book and although I know this book is far along the Murray Family series, I didn't feel too lost when reading Gylliane's and Connor's story. Especially when she mentions her family's happy marriages. I thought it was a great read and pretty entertaining for her to be defending herself against three suitors at the beginning when she didn't have any before, although it's painfully obvious they want her land and care little for her.

Connor was an unusual hero in the se
Zel Polev
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Bennet
This book Rocked! I loved the humor she added to her book. It reminded me of Lindsay Sands writing. Gilly is a spirited Murray that I enjoy reading about, not one bit afraid of how big her husband is to tell him how she feels (both verbally and physically). It was comical to read about Conner and his lame ass attempt to bed his virgin bride. It was even more enjoyable when Conner's whore tried to tempt Conner in front of Gilly at the dinner table.

I tell I'm with Gilly had I lived in those days a
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical/Medieval/Highland Romance Readers
Hannah Howell's historical, highland romances are some of my favorites. In Highland Bride, the sweet, sassy, strong heroine is entertaining and caught my interest right off. She dares to be her own woman, and in medieval Scotland, she challenges the boundaries set by her society. I loved the fact that the author portrayed her so physically opposite of her strong emotional character. It was an entertaining contrast. I do think that the heroine overshadowed the hero and deserved a better match! Oh ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was the first I ever read by this author. I actually got it by mistake at the library in a stack of other books that were held for me. So I probably never would have picked this book. At the beginning I thought that it wasn't going to be so great, I wasn't use to the writing style by this author, as well as the way the three lairds were just going to take Gillyanne and Merry her for her land whether she liked it or not.
However I quickly changed my mind when gilly decided
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This my favorite of all her books. It features a strong,spirited heroine Gillyanne Murray who is also kind and intelligent. The book is sprinkled with humor and has a strong story line. Gillyanne travels to see her Dowry Lands and is confronted by 3 knights . It was amusing to see her ideas to repel the three knights who wished to marry her in an effort to win her property. After she is forced to choose one suitor to save her people, the battle to win the heart of her husband begins. Her husband ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another Howell historical romance about the Murray clan, with all the similar plot devices that can be expected from that. Some of the tension moments could have been drawn out a little more; they tended to be resolved pretty quickly. Also, Gillyanne is representative of the problem Howell often has with her heroines - she can't decide how "spirited" to make them. Gillyanne has no problem waging battle (without injuring anyone) but when see is upset by seeing her new husband with his old mistres ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
I am a huge fan of Hannah Howell's Murray series. There is a definite formula to them that is extremely obvious when doing a glom, but they are a great comfort read every once in awhile. This is one of my favorites primarily because of the heroine. Gillyanne is strong-willed without being reckless and truly wants to help out her new husband's family. Connor is a pretty typical Howell hero with his gruff manner and untrusting nature, but his background helps explain all that. Some of the best par ...more
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished book in this series, and I must say that they just seem to get better and better. I really liked this story of Gillyanne Murray, whose character I really enjoyed in the previous book, and Connor MacEnroy. I really enjoyed the humour and found myself having a chuckle every now and then. One thing I am really enjoying with Hannah Howell's Highland series is keeping up with the Murrays and all their families, having read their stories in previous books. Sometimes when reading a g ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gillyanne, the heroine is an intelligent young woman who wants to be independent in a time when women were not allowed that right. After moving to her dower lands she is propositioned by 3 different neighbouring lairds who want to marry her and take her lands. When she refuses them all, each one sets out to conquer her keep by force, if necessary. Without taking a life she defeats them all, embarrassing them in the process. Ultimately she is forced to pick Connor as her husband in order to avoid ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gillyanne Murray travels to her small dower lands and finds herself besieged by the three surrounding lairds, who demand that she marry one of them.

This is a somewhat awkward book, with the flow of the Murray series not quite working, but it still was a nice read. There's too much explicit speaking of things and exposition, with some weird pacing. I didn't really think the whole "coercion" tactic was a realistic solution (maybe in the modern era, but not now). Connor was weirdly written, super c
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-normal
Another episode of the irrepressible Murray family. Gillyanne takes over as laird of her dower keep, which is adjacent to three other holdings. Those lairds want hers to add to theirs and each separately attempts to take over. The first is repelled in a very unique way and I laughed until I cried. At any rate, she knows she must either accept one as husband or there may eventually be bloodshed. She chooses Connor and he rapidly marries and consummates his claim. The taming of Connor by Gilly fol ...more
Jennifer Brown
I've read most of Hannah Howell's Highland books and I can honestly say if you've read one - you've read them all. They all have the same plot - Characters are great! Story lines exciting! But they follow the same route every. single. time. There is a an argument - the lovers are separated before ever admitting their love for each other - then at the end one humbles them self (usually the guy) and they reunite expressing their love in the last chapter - sometimes last page of the book. It gets t ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 20, 2015 06:29AM  
  • Highland Hearts
  • Highland Outlaw (Campbell Trilogy, #2)
  • The Highlander's Bride (The McTiernays, #1)
  • To Catch a Highlander (MacLean Curse, #3)
  • Highlander Ever After (Nvengaria, #3)
  • Seducing a Scottish Bride (MacKenzie, #6)
  • Seduced by the Highlander (Highlander, #3)
  • The Hellion and the Highlander (Devil of the Highlands, #3)
  • The Highlander's Bride (Highlander Duo, #2)
  • Taming the Scotsman (Brotherhood of the Sword #4/MacAllister, #3)
Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin
More about Hannah Howell...

Other Books in the Series

Murray Family (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Highland Destiny (Murray Family, #1)
  • Highland Honor (Murray Family, #2)
  • Highland Promise (Murray Family, #3)
  • Highland Vow (Murray Family, #4)
  • Highland Knight  (Murray Family, #5)
  • Highland Angel (Murray Family, #7)
  • Highland Groom (Murray Family, #8 & MacEnroy, #2)
  • Highland Warrior (Murray Family, #9 & MacEnroy, #3)
  • Highland Conqueror (Murray Family, #10)
  • Highland Champion (Murray Family, #11 & Camerons, #2)

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