The Highlander’s Holiday Wife

The Highlander's Holiday WifeClan Kendrick Book Five
Kensington Books
September 27, 2022

Filled with saucy wit, surprising twists, and unforgettable lovers, the latest novel in USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s captivating historical romance series puts the most levelheaded Kendrick at the center of a passionate and perilous adventure . . .

It’s Christmastime in Edinburgh, but Lady Samantha Penwith’s secret mission takes no holiday: the Highlands-born lass vows to find the assailants who murdered her beloved husband, founder of a charitable school for orphaned boys. On her latest undercover excursion, she closes in on a pair of armed attackers and interrupts another assault, then disappears into the darkness, leaving the lone victim mystified—and lucky to be alive . . .

Braden Kendrick may be the sensible brother, yet the dedicated doctor routinely ignores the dangers of his late-night calls to the city’s slums. But when a fleet-footed rescuer saves his life, he’s determined to uncover the stranger’s identity. And once he does, he’ll find himself facing his own past loss for the first time—and more than willing to risk his heart again, just in time to make the Clan Kendrick’s Christmas celebrations more festive than ever . . .

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“A widow and a doctor pair up to solve a mystery in Kelly’s page-turning fifth Clan Kendrick novel…fast-paced and tension-filled, this adventurous Regency will have readers hooked.” ~Publishers Weekly

“As the holidays approach, an unexpected passion ignites a yuletide romance in this delightful read from a USA Today bestselling author.” ~BookBub

“The Highlander’s Holiday Wife hit all my happy reader buttons, giving me a fast-paced, emotionally satisfying story with plenty of humor, heart, and adventure to keep me eagerly flipping pages from beginning to end. It has my enthusiastic recommendation.” ~5 stars, The Romance Dish

“The Highlander’s Holiday Wife is an effervescent, refreshing romance…Vanessa Kelly writes adventurous, mysterious, vivacious romances that capture your imagination and heart.” ~4 stars, Reading Rebels Reviews

“I love this series and always look forward to reading books by Vanessa Kelly. A story of love, healing, redemption, and more, The Highlander’s Holiday Wife will appeal to readers of historical romance and romantic suspense.” ~4 stars, One Book More

“This beautiful book whisked me away and gave me quite a grand adventure. Murder, intrigue,  kidnapping, betrayal, and second chance romance await. And of course Clan Kendrick to the rescue. What an unputdownable tale.” ~Michelle The PA Loves to Read

“Lovers of historical romance will revel in this fast-moving tale with its exploration of the highs and lows of Scottish society under King George IV and its snappy dialogue.” ~C. P. Lesley, New Books Network

“The plotting of this book was absolutely extraordinary and definitely swept this reader away…a book I highly recommend.” ~5 stars, Tartan Book Reviews

“Samantha is a strong woman, and the mystery is completely intriguing and compelling…recommended to anyone who enjoys Regency-style murder mysteries with strong female characters.”~Historical Novel Society

“I highly recommend this one. A perfect Christmas historical romance!” ~4 stars, Temma Thomas

“The perfect winter read…Vanessa is such a wonderful writer!” ~Romantically Swept Away

“A truly enjoyable novel with engaging characters and a fun storyline. Plus the happily ever after that we all crave in a book now and again. It would make a great gift for the reader in your life.” ~4 stars, Books, Cooks, Looks

“I had a feeling that I would like this one since it has so many of my favorite elements – – holidays, historical fiction, romance, mystery and more! Plus the writing is fantastic and the characters are charming.” ~cmtloveswineandbooks

“This well-written novel includes suspense, danger, and a slow burn, (fairly) closed door romance…the dialogue was great, full of sass and dialect.” ~Infinite Readlist