Review: “A Highlander for Hannah” by Mary Warren

Series: Mystic Falls #1

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: September 20th, 2022

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CW: passive aggressive fat shaming, character with slight eating disorder, mentions of a heart attack (secondary character)

Hannah Glenn is ready for a change. After quitting her job and breaking up with her slacker boyfriend, she moves to her family’s farm. In her search for clarity, she let her best friend talk her into buying a love spell. Hannah doesn’t believe in magic but decides to perform the spell anyway. What harm could it do? The ancient, brutish, but also undeniably handsome Scotsman she finds in her barn the next morning might be the answer to the question.

Graham MacNeil fell asleep in his uncle’s stable in 1745. He awoke over two hundred years in the future across the Atlantic. He is in a world he knows nothing about with a woman who drives him mad… mad with lust and just plain mad.

The spell can only be reversed under the moon of the spring equinox. They are going to have to find a way to survive each other until then. It’s only a matter of months. I mean… what can happen in that time?

Will Hannah and Graham learn to live with each other? If they can, then maybe, just maybe they can find a love worth crossing space and time.

 

Gimme all of the romances with fat heroines, because I will gobble them up hungrily. And it’s even more special when a fat woman is writing the story, because you can feel the love and attention they put into the character. Mary brings Hannah to life so wonderfully and you root for her from the moment she appears on the page.

A Highlander for Hannah has:

✨ magical realism

✨ time travel, of sorts

✨ a romance loving and determined fat heroine

✨ an highland out of time

✨ small towns

✨ forced proximity

✨ strangers to lovers

✨ only one bed

If you’ve read the blurb, you already know that this is a totally unique story and Mary does a good job of setting it all up for the reader. Hannah Glenn’s job has finally pushed her to the limit, so she quits and she goes back to her small town to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Being a lawyer wasn’t her dream, but she went through the motions because it was what her father expected of her. But now, Hannah’s tired. She wants to find something better and something she genuinely enjoys and likes, except all her plans to find that goes out the window when she attends a renaissance faire with her best friend, buys a love spell and conjures up a Scottish Highlander from the 1700s.

I am so glad that this book was told through both Hannah and Graham’s perspectives, because it was such a treat watching him learn and understand the 21st century. His fascination with running water, a flushing toilet, a fridge and even just electricity was so wholesome. He goes through the motions of learning how to use a phone and a computer and just understanding the world he’s been tossed into. After all, he was on his way to fight the British when he was thrust into Hannah’s life and now he has to figure out everything else about being there in the world that might not entirely be comfortable for him.

While I did enjoy the book, I feel like we rushed through a lot of it. There were several scenes where Hannah and Graham were around other people—her family and friends—and we got bits and pieces, but never really enough interaction to really make it feel like all these people liked each other. There were certain times when they were going on a date or an event—lots of dressing up and commenting on it—but we never actually see them at these places, so it felt a little confusing. There were also instances when Hannah came across unlikeable because of the way she was behaving towards Graham and sometimes her family—who, by the way, are incredibly complicated humans.

On the whole, I enjoyed Mary’s debut and I’m eager to see what happens with Poppy and the little hint we got of it at the end of this one!

Thanks to Mary Warren for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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