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Once Upon a Plaid

(Spirit of the Highlands #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A wife may be courted, too…

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highl
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Published October 7th 2014 by Zebra
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4 Stars! Lovely heartfelt story!

The story of William and Katherine's plight was poignant and bittersweet. Set during a time when marriages were arranged and rarely based on love, these two were the exception to the rule. They truly love each other, but Katherine's inability to give William an heir has her thinking it would be best to part ways and allow him to find someone who can give him a child. He disagrees, and while he would love to have a family, she is more important to him and he's not
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Les Romantiques
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Once upon a plaid is the second book in the Spirit of the Highlands series from this author I didn’t know but who has many historical romances to her credit, and a great discovery for me.

Katherine, desperate to have one miscarriage after the other, decides to take refuge in her father’s castle, to leave her husband William and to obtain an annulment of their marriage for him to be able to marry a woman cap
Sandy S
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 7, 2014

A wife may be courted, too…

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband fre
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mia Marlowe's Once Upon a Plaid is the second in a series but the first I have read written by her. No matter, it stands very well on its own. Saving a marriage with the backdrop of the Christmas season is at the heart of this wonderful Scottish tale. Change the setting to present time and it would just as relevant today. Very well written.

I loved much about this story. First, is the strong development of the characters, showing their intense emotional anguish as they dealt with infertility. You
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Scottish romance with breathtaking historical detail. Mia Marlowe's stories are full of adventure and intrigue. A tale of the Scottish highlands with amazing characters and lots of fasinating twists and turns. The story centers around a married couple, Katherine and William who love each other but circumstances beyond their control have strained their marriage. Katherine desperately wants to give her husband an heir, but has miscarried 5 times. She feels that even though Will loves her, he has ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this, I thought oh! another highlander book. But this was very different because of the storyline. If you have read other books by Ms Marlowe, you will find she gets into her characters. You feel happiness, pain and sorrow when you get into reading about how one family life has changed. Katherine Douglas has decided that she hasn't any real connection to her husband of four years. Kate has fled her home to spend the holidays at her father's home and to set her husband free ...more
Heather andrews
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Will was just really swoon worthy, "I, for one, havena given up hope of getting ye with child." He shot her a wicked grin. "And I'm looking forward to the effort verra much." I loved how he felt about his wife, "but he noted a few differences from his mental version of Kat too. Her hips were a little wider, her breasts a little smaller. No matter. She was his. He felt very proprietary about every bit of her. Protectiveness swelled in his chest." He loves for his girl to join him in everything, " ...more
Margaret Sholders
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book from Mia. She has a lot of history added into her romance. She develops her people to be truly real people. They aren't Saints but neither are they Demons. I love Scotland but don't think I would like to be around that far back. I felt so bad for Kat who loved her husband William, Laird of Badenoch. She left him to go home. She is there because she can't carry to full term. William is sad for both of them. There is a lot of bad intentions around. There are quite a few spoilers ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 55%
I cannot believe this is the same author! The first book in the series (Plaid Tidings) had great characters, amusing dialogue and some fun ghosts. This book is just whiny.
The entire thrust of the plot is that the hero and heroine have had a stillborn child and several miscarriages. So she lies to husband when she gets pregnant, completely withdraws from her husband, and then runs away when she loses this baby. She has decided that even though she loves (?) her husband, she must get an
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not as good as the first one.

I liked the characters, I liked the story but it really didn't grab me. If you read the prequel and the first book, you might as well read this one. Finish the series.
Mary Beth
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good read.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story starts with Katherine returning home, abandoning her marriage to William after a still born birth and many miscarriages. Infertility must have been very common in historical times, but it’s not always the main plot of a historical romance novel.
Through the telling of the story, you get to know that William and Katherine love each other deeply. The main problem besides the infertility is an inability to communicate. For a modern woman, this was a very relatable plot point. William can’
Adria (Musings and Reviews)
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Once Upon a Plaid was an angst filled, tender and passionate romance that brought tears to my eyes on many occasions and of course, a smile to my face at the end.

Katherine Douglas has the one thing every woman dreams of: She is married to a handsome, kind, gentle man who loves her but she knows little about the husband she has been with for four years. Worse still, she has yet to bear him
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Usually I read Regency Romance and little Highland stuff but I found this one on netgalley and just head to read it.

First of all a little about the storyline. It’s part 2 in the “Spirit of the Highlands” saga by Mia Marlowe. I have no clue about book one and I didn’t feel like you have to know it when you read book 2 which is what I prefer.

It’s the touching story of Katherine “Kat” Douglas and her family. But not only about her family in general, much more about her husband William – a handsom
Marsha Spohn
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A Plaid is the third installment of The Spirit of the Highlands series by Mia Marlowe. (Plaid to the Bone, Plaid Tidings are the first two)

This historical romance deals with a subject not often covered in romance novels of any genre. Infertility. It is a heartbreaking subject for any couple who want to have children with all their heart. Imagine how emotional the inability of a wife to bear children for her husband was in olden times – when the need for an heir often cause women to los
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical Christmas Romance Mia Marlowe's Once Upon a Plaid is book two of the Spirit of the Highlands series. A very emotional, tear-jerking story about being unable to have a child in the 16th century. I enjoyed reading it but Katherine kept bouncing back and forth with her emotions and it got annoying after awhile. William is well he is a manly man and part of the problem was his lack of sharing his emotions as soon as he got past that everything was fine.

Katherine and William were and arran
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
An emotional and sweet romance, Once Upon a Plaid was an enjoyable holiday read. With a couple struggling through a vast emotional distance and a would-be heir stirring up trouble, this book was a lovely read that I quite liked.

Katherine was a good heroine. She was weighed down by the loss her unborn children and she was, in her own way, trying to be selfless about the situation. However, it just seemed a bit foolhardy. I understand that she was trying to annul the marriage so that William could
Sharon Tyler
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Once Upon a Plaid is the latest book in the Spirit of the Highland series by Mia Marlowe. It is currently scheduled for release on October 7 2014. Katherine Douglas is considered fortunate. Her husband, Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. However, after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart and she has yet to bear him an heir. Her pain and desire to set her husband free so he can have his heir has he ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, kensington
Oh how I love my Scottish-themed historical romances! The second in her Spirit of the Highlands series, Mia Marlowe brings a story that is set in Scotland and features a couple in the midst of a marital crisis as the main theme.

Laird William Douglas has been married to the woman he loves, Katherine, daughter of the house of Glengarry for four years. A solid clan leader, he is quietly confident, kind to his tenants and kinsmen and gentle with his wife. Everything that Katherine could hope for in
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
He wanted her to want him. To need him as he needed her. And if God never saw fit to grant them a child, for him to be enough for her without one.

ONCE UPON A PLAID by Mia Marlowe was a sweet Highlands' Christmas romance teeming with action, angst and a lovely but heartbreaking second chance at love. It is the second book in her Spirit of the Highlands series, but can be easily read as a standalone.

As the story opens, the reader learns that the Laird has journeyed to Glengarry Castle, his wife's
Historical Romance Lurver
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Historical Romance Lurver by: NetGalley
Shelves: ebook-collection
[graciously accepted with pleasure from NetGalley for an honest review]

If you want a novel that tugs at the heartstrings - read it! The hero is ardent and his devotion and adoration to his wife was moving. My weakness is a novel with the hero smitten by his heroine.

Will and Katherine are a passionate, married couple that were torn apart by loss which brought their relationship to a point of frustration, shame, anger and misunderstanding. This novel is a work of depth and realism faced with the i
This book scrubbed my heart raw in ways I didn't expect, mainly because I wanted a cute and fluffy Christmas book to read while on holiday. Off the bat, it is not fluffy, but I'm a sucker for second chances and redheaded heroines.

The story was really about Kat and Will finding each other again when their marriage had suffered devastating loses. It deals with so many things, but mainly about how silence can be just as detrimental as hurling words and shoes at each other. Will's unwavering love fo
Amy Alvis
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Spirit of the Highlands series.

After four years of marriage, there is a huge distance between Katherine Douglas and her husband William. Having lost several children during pregnancy, Katherine is determined to let her husband go free to be able to marry another so that he may get the heir that he needs.

William's love for his wife has never faltered during their marriage. He is devastated when his wife tells him that she is going to try and get an annulment. Can he convince
Nicole Laverdure
Intense and emotional!
Once Upon a Plaid, written by Mia Marlowe, was so touching to read! This story, the 2nd in her series Spirit of the Highlands, was filled with rich characters and strong emotions! It's also my first read from this author, she didn't disappoint me! Beautiful chemistry between Katherine and William! Katherine is a wounded woman because she had lived some miscarriages and felt unworthy of her husband William's love, who needs an heir. So she decides to move back to her father'
Kate Dirty Girls' Good Books
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Once Upon A Plaid (Spirit of the Highlands #2) by Mia Marlowe
C, inferno, no kink, historical, 352 pages

Kat and William have been married for four years now, but she feels like he never shares any of his emotions with her. Add that together with the fact that she's not been able to provide him with the required heir and Kat decides that the best course of action is to leave him. That's right, she loves him so much that she figures it's best if she leaves him so he can find someone else to love an
Rita Hernandez
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I read romance novels and I am really glad that Once Upon a Plaid was my first venture back into that genre. This is the second in the series and it stands perfectly well on it's on (I have not read the first.) Katherine and Will love one another but their marriage has become strained. After a stillbirth and then four miscarriages Katherine has run to her father's keep to spend Christmas and gather her courage to set Will free.Will loves his wife and the last thing he w ...more
I had a very hard time getting into the story of the hero and heroine of this medieval, Highland romance. I could not get a deep enough read on the character of the hero to feel connected or invested in him until 3/4 of the way into the book. Then, I admired him, if not overly impressed with his capabilities in the marital department. The heroine while being depicted as a martyr, somehow, only engendered feelings of frustration and irritation. Ironically, while sacrificing her own apparent love, ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story and it's willingness to tackle such difficult topics....miscarriages and infertility.

Katherine and William's marriage has been suffering since the birth of their stillborn son. Watching them fail to communicate with each other while they dealt with their private griefs was hard. They each feel the loss of their child keenly but haven't communicated their grief to each other, which essentially was strangling their marriage.

While I enjoyed watching them rebuild their ma
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“Their cook at Badenoch was a crotchety old lady who hadn't tried a new recipe in decades. "Dinna tell Mrs. MacGuff that or she'll put a spider in your tea."
"Try it and tell me 'tis not worth the risk." He tore off a corner of the bridie and lifted the bite to Katherine's lips.
It fairly melted on her tongue. In addition to the crusty pasty, a unique mix of spices seasoned the savory meat inside, a burst of sensations for her mouth. "Och, you're right. This is worth braving a spider. I'll get Cook to show me how she makes these, and then Mrs. MacGuff will either learn from me or she'll have to suffer my presence in her kitchen from time to time. And we know how she loves that!"
"So," he said smugly, his dark eyes alight with triumph, "ye do intend to come home with me after Christmas, then.”
“Love me, Kat.
The words repeated in his brain like a song he was unable to find the end of.
I’ve loved ye since I dipped your braid in that wax. Dinna fret about making a child. Let me be enough for ye. Ye’re enough for me.”
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