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Publisher's Summary

It Happened in the Highlands is the next audiobook in the new historical Highland series The Penningtons, from USA Today best seller May McGoldrick.... 

Lady Josephine Pennington was jilted by her fiancé once rumors spread about her questionable origins. Her adoptive parents have always provided her with the love and protection she’s needed to feel secure, and over the last 16 years she’s molded herself to meet the expectations of others. When she receives a package containing sketches where the subject is eerily familiar, Jo believes she might have found a clue to the identity of her birth mother. 

When Captain Wynne Melfort ended his engagement to Jo Pennington 16 years ago, he never imagined he would see her again. But after he uncovers information that could reveal the truth about Jo's parentage, Wynne feels bound by duty to right an old wrong and inform her of his find. He didn’t expect for feelings long thought dead to resurface, for in his mind a love departed was gone forever.

As they strive to unravel the mystery of her birth, Jo must learn how to trust the man who’d once rejected her and Wynne must reconcile his head with his heart. But as secrets of the past begin to surface, evil forces will stop at nothing to keep Jo from uncovering the truth and reclaiming her legacy. Together, Jo and Wynne must fight the deadly menace lurking deep in the Highland mists.

©2018 Nikoo K. and James A. McGoldrick (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Saskia Maarleveld keeps listeners absorbed in this romance story...Listeners will want to meet all the Penningtons after hearing Maarleveld's interpretation." — AudioFile Magazine

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  • Gail
  • 02-04-2018

Enjoyable

pleasant story with some surprises. I liked the characters and expect to see more of them in future Goldrick works.

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  • Roberta Chesler
  • 28-04-2018

A treasure

I didn’t want this book to end and am so happy that Phoebe will be next!! I know by reading all of May McGoldrick’s books I will get to revisit past characters. Plus - please don’t have anyone else narrate these books but Saskia Maarleveld. She is phenomenal! One of my top readers - she makes all the characters come to life!
Don’t miss this one!

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  • Karina08
  • 17-04-2018

Entertaining

Lovely story and sequel to Hugh and Grace’s story. I would recommend it! I love this family and their high ideals.

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  • grandma
  • 04-04-2018

loved it

loved the book.Narrator was excellent.Great Job
Ladies. i will pass on to my audible friends

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  • sarah
  • 29-03-2018

Wonderful book

I really enjoyed listening to this book great romance.. I can’t wait for the next great book...

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  • Sportochick's Musings
  • 28-02-2020

Deeply profound

Delightful is the key word for this story......but that is only after the word heartbreak. This book brings to mind the question "What happens when you make a decision for what you think is all the rights reasons and it turns out to be wrong?"

The opening of the book prepares the reader for this finely written story of lost love. Captain Wynne Melfort originally did not catch my attention because I felt he was weak in character for jilting Jo. It wasn't till further into the book that he became more real when I learned his reasoning but seriously I was still upset with him until I realised his age at the time.

Jo was hung up on her feelings of not being enough. Many people can relate to her situation but I was glad when events in the book caused her to open her eyes and consider other possibilities. The authors superb job in this area will teach all readers a much needed lesson.

This book was well written and the descriptive scenes will draw the reader into this book.

I give this 4.5 STARS for being deeply profound in many areas of life causing this reader to think about things from another point of view.

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  • Anna
  • 10-09-2019

Very predictable

Story was very predictable that’s why I gave the story only three stars. There were no surprises.
And, I am not a prude by any means but the steamy scenes were a bit much.
It got a four overall because the narrator was, as always, phenomenal. Saskia Maarleveld is my favorite narrator.

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  • AmazonianCat
  • 29-07-2019

Good story

Great narration. Good story but perhaps just a bit overly chatty...inner thoughts. Might need to skip ahead just a bit sometimes. But really that's not a deal breaker. I do think Jo might have been a bit quick with the forgiveness. I am all for forgiveness but I am afraid I might have been a bit more likely to at least given Wynne one scene of anger.

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  • Denise
  • 30-03-2019

Heart warming characters with intricate plot.

Characters are real and infectious. The pace & timing of the story line is engaging causing the reader to be reluctant to pause listening. Just enough steam to keep it authentic.

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  • Nana Mar
  • 10-06-2018

Sweet and sizzling

Plus interesting story line could not stop reading. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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