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My Heart's in the Highlands

by Amy Hoff

Suddenly the woman threw Jane facedown and was on top of her in an instant, covering her entire body. Jane was thrillingly aware of every place the woman’s muscular body touched her—from the heavy breasts pressing into her back, to the pleasing pressure of the long, strong legs. Jane’s heart hammered wildly in her chest…

The year is 1888. Brilliant and beautiful, Lady Jane Crichton has fought the constraints of her Victorian Edinburgh upbringing to become one of the first women to attend university for medicine. Denied a degree because of her gender, she decides to marry a closeted gay man, providing him with political and social cover and herself with the time and money to pursue her scientific interests—one of which is a time machine. Jane’s machine works…but not exactly as she expected, and soon she has crash-landed in the 13th-century Scottish Highlands.

There she is rescued by a wild, red-haired warrior woman, Ainslie nic Dòmhnaill, next in line to the chiefship of the great Clan Donald, the rulers of the Sea Kingdom of the Isles. Despite the constant threat of attacks from enemy clans, harsh winters and a touch of homesickness, Jane finds herself bewitched by this land, this time and this magnificent woman. The rough and warlike Ainslie also feels the magic and revels in a passion and love neither she nor Jane had ever imagined.

But Jane is hiding a dangerous secret—one that threatens to tragically transform their Highland fairy tale.

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Genre Historical Romance
Length 304 pages
Publication Date June 18, 2020
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642471274e
Editor Medora MacDougall
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso

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FROM THE AUTHOR

"I've been a Scottish historian and folklorist for several years, and I'd been living in Glasgow and Islay for over a decade. I attended the University of Glasgow and then taught folklore there, and I also worked at the Gaelic College on Islay. I was chosen to participate in TalentScotland's Summer Programme and the International Young Scotland Programme. I hosted many Burns Suppers, and as a filmmaker, wrote and directed several Scottish historical and folkloric films, series, and a documentary. One day, I mentioned off the cuff that I was familiar with a lot of Scottish romance tropes, given my academic interests. I said that I ought to write a Scottish romance story, but with lesbian leads. Several bi and lesbian people wrote to tell me that they had wished for a story of that kind for years. Then two lesbian friends of mine who were getting married - one Scottish, one American - said that they would love to read that kind of book. So I originally wrote My Heart's in the Highlands for them as a wedding gift.

I chose to have both leads be Scottish, because so many other stories involve one person who is Scottish and another who isn't. These two time periods, post-Scottish Enlightenment and the thirteenth century, are not as often covered in popular culture. As I have often said, Scotland is Braveheart and Trainspotting, The Angel's Share, Local Hero, and Whisky Galore all in one. There are many Scotlands, from many eras, and all are as worthy as the others. This was an opportunity to write about the incredible flowering of invention in Scotland, as well as the time of Dál Riada and the Lords of the Isles. The book is the result of over twenty years of Scottish historical, cultural, and folkloric study."

—Amy Hoff

  • A Bella Debut Novel.

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Melinda B. - This book was one of the most exciting novels I've read in months. The premise was unique and I especially liked the idea of history not being linear, and progress and certain values like gender equality and acceptance of various sexual orientations being lost over time. Having visited most of the locations mentioned in the book recently, including Finlaggan, I loved how real the Hebridean setting felt. The thing that stood out to me was how well developed the main characters were and the amazing chemistry they had. I loved this novel and I really hope the author keeps writing for Bella Books. She has a really unique voice.

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Betty H. - My Heart’s in the Highlands by Amy Hoff is a wonderful historical fiction novel set in two different time periods in Scotland. Ms. Hoff has woven a beautiful story perfectly into the history of Scotland and especially the Highlands for both of these time periods. I totally immersed myself in this tale. I loved the characters and the settings. Everything felt so real. Even the time travel from one time to another fit right into the story. It is in my favorites list, and I will be looking for much more from this author.

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Jasmine G. - Overall I enjoyed this, it was a really cool concept. The author definitely did her research and it showed, we were painted a very rich picture of the time period and it was a really great immersion into this time period. I loved it. The chemistry was also off the charts! I haven't read anything by this author before but I will be definitely checking out more in the future.

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Celeste H. - Honestly I have not read a time travel book like this before. I felt it was very original and complete with all the boxes ticked. Historically I felt the author was pretty accurate, the character development was great and complete. There were no missing elements for me and I loved how this evolved and just finished perfectly.

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Leslie S. - This book moved pretty quickly while covering a LOT of ground. There’s time travel, clan wars, unsettling discoveries, sexual tension, relationship drama, political intrigue, queer politics. So many things, but overall, a hoot. I didn’t know I needed a queer version of time travel in Scotland, but this book proved I definitely did.

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