New Release & Giveaway: Outsider by Natasha S. Brown






On the western highlands of Scotland, a springtime storm pummels the coast while Kristie’s brother is out fishing. When he fails to return home, Kristie turns away from her list of chores to search the loch in an effort to ease her pregnant sister-in-law’s fears. Instead of finding Domnall, she discovers a naked and battered man washed up on shore and worries he could be a thieving reiver or worse–an Englishman.

When the handsome outsider wakes, he is unable to remember who he is or how he came to be there. Although the feisty and melancholy Kristie isn’t keen on him remaining, her young neighbor, Jock, takes to the playful stranger and names Creag after the rocky crags where the loch meets the sea. Not long after the lad speaks of selkies, magical seals who shed their skins to live as humans, Creag dreams he is swimming deep beneath the waves.

Kristie is desperate to keep the farm running for her missing brother while Creag’s sleep is filled with strange visions–glimpses that may reveal secrets to his past, but he may soon wish they were only a dream.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Shapeshifter Sagas {Western European Myths from the Middle Ages}

Widow {13thc. | Black Shuck | England}
Scars {10thc. | Fenrir | Iceland}
Tides {10thc. | Kraken | Great Britain/Ireland}
Outsider {14thc. | Selkie | Scotland}

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the first book I’ve read in Shapeshifter Sagas. I hadn’t heard of a selkie before so I was a little intrigued.

Poor Kristie has had a rough life. She’s been living with her brother and sister-in-law ever since her husband was killed in a war. She had a baby but the girl died when she was only 6 months old. Now her brother is missing after going out to sea to fish with a neighbor. She and her pregnant sister-in-law, Jean, are scared but hopeful that they’ll find their way home.

Then a naked man, an outsider, shows up on the beach near their home. Kristie wants to just leave him but Jean insists that they bring him home and give him some food and clothing and a place to recover if he survives.

The relationship between Kristie and the outsider is a fun one to read about. She has no intention of ever getting married again but she’s attracted to him. I enjoyed how he likes to get her riled up by making sarcastic remarks. 

I like the author’s writing style. It flows well and draws a vivid picture of the surroundings. She also captures to an extent what it would have been like living back then, such as leaving a person’s body in the home while neighbors come to give their respects (and the smell of that body after a day or two) or how much hard work was involved in just surviving.

I definitely recommend Outsider if you enjoy historical romance, especially if you like a touch of fantasy.



Also Available

Widow (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 1)

Lady Rayne has few options as a young widow. Either her father will marry her off to a wealthy nobleman–no matter how old and disagreeable he may be, or she will become a nun like her aunt at Grimsford Abbey. The choice is easy: her interest in writing is not supported in the dark halls of her father’s home. Rayne eagerly anticipates becoming a scribe and learning the art of illumination and book making. But first she must travel along the treacherous roads of East Anglia.

Far from the confines of Norwich, Rayne hears fables of an enormous ghostly hound called the Black Shuck. She tries to ignore them until she finds herself staring into its expressive brown eyes. With every heartbeat, her chances of reaching Grimsford Abbey disappear. If only she could live to tell the tale.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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