Hope: A Beautiful and Necessary Word

I just read a book titled, Highland Treasure, by Mary McCall.  I thought it was a simple “boy meets girl” romance story, set in the Medieval 1100’s. But, after I closed the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Something was nagging me to look below the surface of the story. I started thinking about the heroine so aptly named Hope.

Then I started peeling away the layers of the story until it fell away to something that surprised me.

We know right from the start in Chapter One of Highland Treasure that Lady Hope Neville’s world is upside-down.

She is hiding out from her evil father, the Baron Neville, as she tracks wild game for food, battles the elements, and looks for a safe place to hide.

In this case, it’s a cave.  All she wants is “to live free from fear of capture and torture.”

And, this is where I realized that I was actually reading a story of transformation as our heroine battles for the very basics of life.

The trust issue interferes with intimacy in her personal relationships – especially with the Highlander chieftain Lady Hope marries, Leonce MacPherson.

Of course, their very union is the breeding ground for this story as it unfolds in sometimes frightening and humorous ways!

Lady Hope is full of self-doubt and needs constant reassurance from The MacPherson.

He must promise to never hurt her, she constantly questions his intentions.

She grovels, reaches for more, and falls back down.

And it truly is hope that kept me reading. I wanted so much to help the heroine, but I realized that only Lady Hope can bail herself out of trouble! Or … can she?


6 responses to “Hope: A Beautiful and Necessary Word

  1. Hi Rita:
    You’ve made my day, which is right now, your tomorrow. Do you know you are the first one to connect Maslow’s Heirarchy with my book and I use it when I do character sketches. Thanks you for the wonderful review. I’m so glad you enjoyed Hope’s story. Now, just wait till you meet her niece!
    Mary, who can’t handle the Roman time change

  2. Hi Rita!

    I enjoyed your analysis. It makes me want to up the book on my TBR pile!

  3. Mary’s book sounds wonderful! And you described it so well, that I had to add it to my TBR list, I just had too!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • HI Andrea,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      And I just got word that the heroine in Mary’s Highland Treasure
      has an equally interesting niece who will be entertaining us sometime in the future!
      Happy Reading and Writing!

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