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"Immortal Highlander finds love and adventure"

William MacAlpin prefers his work as a Firefighting Smoke Jumper rather than as the Immortal Protector destiny has decreed. Lead by his Uncle Gavin, the Council orders William to stop renegade Bartholomew from destroying the present by changing the past. Because they suspect other renegades assisting Bartholomew, William was the only one they could trust. Bartholomew had escaped and time- traveled to 1558 and Queen Mary's court.

Isabel de Pinze works in the Queen's kitchen and has a secret life as an artist. On her way home from the art studio, she sees a Highland warrior miraculously step out of the river. While she stares in stunned amazement, he is attacked by four ruffians. Unable to watch him be killed, she joins in the struggle. Although they win, the Highlander is badly wounded and Isabel takes him home to the Manor House. This starts a string of events that probably will lead to her death.

As soon as William saw Isabel, he started to fall in love and must cope with unfamiliar emotions while completing his mission. Isabel has the difficult choice to ignore her feelings or to experience the love that she knows can only last for the time William is there.

William's struggle with his upbringing and rules of the Council are real and heartfelt. Isabel is an unusual woman for her time being a human brought up by an Immortal. Her feelings when she learns the secret about her step-father and of her past show her strength and free her to express the love she feels for William. There were no slow parts in this story as the action and emotions kept me turning the pages.

Time-travel and Paranormal readers should have this on their 'must read' list. 'Highlander' TV/Movie fans will enjoy the premise of this romantic adventure story. I have been told this is a sequel to THE INSCRIPTION which I have not yet read. I did not feel at all lost by not having read the previous novel but I will be sure to look for now.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 6, 2003

SUMMARY

In present-day Montana, William MacAlpin courageously fights fires as a smoke jumper in the rugged backcountry, but this reckless endeavor masks an even more dangerous calling. For William is from a dying breed of immortals sworn to protect the earth. When he learns that a ruthless killer has escaped into sixteenth-century England, determined to change history, William vows to bring the renegade immortal back -- dead or alive.

Isabel de Pinze, a gifted painter and servant in Queen Mary's court, knows nothing of the existence of the Immortals or of the battle that rages between good and evil. She knows only that the man she sees being ambushed along the Thames River needs her help, and that his stolen kiss stirs her deepest longings. Soon, however, William discovers that his quest is linked to Isabel's own amazing destiny...for he has fallen in love with the one woman who can destroy them all.

 

My Secret Protector
by Pam Binder

Pocket Books
June 1, 2003
ISBN #074341795X
384 pages
Paperback
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