The Highlander’s Christmas Bride

The Highlander's Christmas BrideClan Kendrick Book Two
Kensington Books
October 2019

In bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s irresistible Clan Kendrick series, Christmas in the Highlands means family, celebration—and for one brother, the beginning of a passionate adventure . . .

Being thrown over by the man she expected to marry was humiliating enough. Now that Donella Haddon, grandniece of the Earl of Riddick, has also proven a failure as a nun, she has no choice but to return to her family’s estate. The brawny Highlander sent to escort her is brash, handsome, and the only thing standing between Donella and a gang of would-be kidnappers. But the scandal in her past can’t be so easily outrun . . .

Wealthy widower Logan Kendrick was expecting to meet a plain, pious spinster—not a gorgeous, sharp-tongued lass who can hold her own in any ambush. Though she’s known as the Flower of Clan Graham, Donella is no shrinking violet. In fact, she might be the perfect woman to bring happiness back to his lonely little son’s life, just in time for Christmas.  But first he must protect her from ugly gossip and a mysterious threat—and convince her that their wild, unexpected desire is heaven sent.

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“Kelly’s delightful, trope-filled romp summons up many emotions. It’s exciting, funny, smart, a little heartbreaking, and completely charming. Donella and Logan’s large, lovable, and sometimes exasperating families include familiar faces for fans of Kelly’s previous novels, including The Highlander Who Protected Me (2018), while newcomers won’t mind playing a little who’s-who catch-up. A wonderful Christmas romance.” ~Starred review, Booklist

“Kelly’s charming characters make every page feel like a party, and a dash of suspense adds spice to this enjoyable historical tale.” ~BookPage

“An abundance of adventure and an unusual premise quickly draw readers in to this Scotland-set Regency, making Kelly’s latest ‘Clan Kendrick’ novel a perfect Christmas read, complete with family drama that could stand as a story all its own.” ~Library Journal

“I’ve been reading Vanessa Kelly’s books since her debut. Some make me laugh, some make me cry, some make me sigh with delight. Many do all three. Then there are those that introduce me to characters who draw me into their hearts and their lives; characters who make make me want to revisit them time and again. The Highlander’s Christmas Bride is one of those books…” ~5 stars, The Romance Dish

“A wonderful holiday romance!” ~Top Pick, Harlequin Junkie

“This is well-written-page turner of a historical romance, with plenty of entanglements in societal and familial expectations, character angst and plot twists. I loved both characters…” ~Recommended, Coffee & Ink

“While the plot is familiar — seemingly-doomed-to-spinsterhood heroine meets brawny bachelor; both smother their interest in the other; random occurrence forces them to consider marriage to save reputations — Kelly twists and alters enough so that the resulting story is fresh, fun, and romantic.” ~Unabridged Chick

“Ms. Kelly is a masterful storyteller; this book was action packed, the characters were great, and the romance was equal parts sweet and steamy. It was completely perfect!” ~4.5 stars, So Many Books, So Little Time

“An engaging and entertaining read, which I just could not put down.” ~Historical Fiction With Spirit

“The Highlander’s Christmas Bride pushes the hot buttons of the heart with an imaginative blend of intrigue, romance and danger. Kelly delivers a tale of passion, a battle of hope and a leap of faith, that speaks to the romantic soul.” ~4 stars, Hopeless Romantic 

“Great romance between our main characters, Logan and Donella…this was certainly a festive way to welcome the Season!” ~A Bookish Affair

“A very cleverly written, richly detailed, entertaining and enjoyable story.” ~Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals 

“The enjoyable dialogue had me laughing in this rousing Scottish historical romance full of charm and adventures.” ~Gwendalyn’s Books

“Fun, adventurous, and delightful.” 4.5 stars, Locks, Hooks and Books

“I recommend The Highlander’s Christmas Bride for fans of historical romance, and especially for anyone who enjoys a Scottish setting. It is a fun read!” ~View from the Birdhouse

“Ms. Kelly is a master storyteller who slowly teases out the backstory for both Logan and Donella…fans of Scottish romances will definitely enjoy this one.” ~5 stars, NetGalley Member Reviews

“Vanessa Kelly has created yet another beautiful Kendrick love story. The wit, the humor, the banter is spectacular. The blossoming romance between Donella and Logan is exquisite.” ~5 stars, NetGalley Member Reviews