Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"The Madam's Highlander" by Madeline Martin

Freya is the Madam of an extremely popular brothel in Edinburgh known as Molly’s. Molly’s is not what you would usually expect in either a brothel or it’s Madam. The women employed to entertain the men are primarily war widows or other women who have lost their husbands and have chosen to work as prostitutes of their own free will rather than because they have no other options. Freya also provides education for the women who work for her, as well as offering jobs in the brothel that do not require them to work as a prostitute.

Many of the customers at Molly’s are members of the Black watch. They are Highland warriors who work with the English soldiers, and are often reviled by their countrymen and considered traitors. Ewen, or as many of the women working in Molly’s call him “Captain Nay” because he doesn’t drink anything stronger than tea or join any of the girls in their rooms, approaches Freya for help. His duty will not allow him to travel to the countryside to check on his elderly mother and he wishes for Freya to check on his mother’s well-being when she next travels to visit her family.

Freya isn’t at all interested in helping him, yet he manages to manipulate her into doing just that. What she finds isn’t what he was hoping she would learn, and leads to other problems for the both of them.

This was a very short but enjoyable book to read. The interactions between Freya, Ewen, and later on their family members was something I found fun to read. I really didn’t want to put this one down, and I finished reading it in only one day. Sometimes a quick, lighthearted read is exactly what one needs, and for me, this book more than filled that need.

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