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When Andrew MacNeill married Gail he had made it clear that he did not want a wife but a mother for his children; he had not had the best of wives, and his experience of marriage had made him reluctant to trust, let alone love, any woman again. Gail had resigned herself to the fact that marriage was not for her; a terrible car crash had left her badly scarred, unable to hav When Andrew MacNeill married Gail he had made it clear that he did not want a wife but a mother for his children; he had not had the best of wives, and his experience of marriage had made him reluctant to trust, let alone love, any woman again. Gail had resigned herself to the fact that marriage was not for her; a terrible car crash had left her badly scarred, unable to have children, and convinced that no man would ever want her. But she dearly loved children, and had told herself that she had accepted Andrew's proposal because it would at least give her the chance of children--any children--to mother. But was either of them being completely honest about their motives?


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When Andrew MacNeill married Gail he had made it clear that he did not want a wife but a mother for his children; he had not had the best of wives, and his experience of marriage had made him reluctant to trust, let alone love, any woman again. Gail had resigned herself to the fact that marriage was not for her; a terrible car crash had left her badly scarred, unable to hav When Andrew MacNeill married Gail he had made it clear that he did not want a wife but a mother for his children; he had not had the best of wives, and his experience of marriage had made him reluctant to trust, let alone love, any woman again. Gail had resigned herself to the fact that marriage was not for her; a terrible car crash had left her badly scarred, unable to have children, and convinced that no man would ever want her. But she dearly loved children, and had told herself that she had accepted Andrew's proposal because it would at least give her the chance of children--any children--to mother. But was either of them being completely honest about their motives?

54 review for Dark Hills Rising

  1. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    Jerky heroes are almost a given in Harlequin Presents, but this one really took the cake. He treats his wife worse than a servant, literally telling her to "know her place." And she is an utter doormat and puts up with everything. Awful book. Jerky heroes are almost a given in Harlequin Presents, but this one really took the cake. He treats his wife worse than a servant, literally telling her to "know her place." And she is an utter doormat and puts up with everything. Awful book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    This is a reread for me. I read this the first time as a teenager in the 70s. I remembered almost everything as I went along. The hero wasn't so great but I felt his actions were consistent with how the author had built his character. The heroine was a mature woman dealing with a sucky hand life had dealt her. The hero's oldest daughter, Morag, was a true sociopath. Most of the book was dealing with her really. There was more face to face conversation between the heroine and Morag than between t This is a reread for me. I read this the first time as a teenager in the 70s. I remembered almost everything as I went along. The hero wasn't so great but I felt his actions were consistent with how the author had built his character. The heroine was a mature woman dealing with a sucky hand life had dealt her. The hero's oldest daughter, Morag, was a true sociopath. Most of the book was dealing with her really. There was more face to face conversation between the heroine and Morag than between the heroine and the hero. That is where the book fell short. The heroine and Morag = show. The heroine and the hero = tell. Fun reread for me though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    This contains some really messed-up elements. Interestingly, some of them are almost throwaways in terms of the amount of time the book spends on them. (view spoiler)[ Let's start with the heroine. She has been injured in a car crash and can't have children. Her fiance at the time, who caused the accident by driving drunk, dumped her for her infertility, and she pretty much is a destroyed wreck of a person. (There is no consequence for the ex-fiance -- he gets married and has three children, and This contains some really messed-up elements. Interestingly, some of them are almost throwaways in terms of the amount of time the book spends on them. (view spoiler)[ Let's start with the heroine. She has been injured in a car crash and can't have children. Her fiance at the time, who caused the accident by driving drunk, dumped her for her infertility, and she pretty much is a destroyed wreck of a person. (There is no consequence for the ex-fiance -- he gets married and has three children, and stares too long and yearningly at the the h when they run into each other a few times during the book.) Oh yeah -- physically, she also has some scars, but fortunately, they are the kind that can be fixed with plastic surgery. For some inexplicable reason, the h doesn't want that option, though, she just wants to feel undesirable and wretched. She marries the H with the agreement that it will be an MOC focused on her taking care of the H's three children, and accepts the cold, selfish, and angry behavior of the H with very little protest. Now, on to the demon spawn. The oldest of the H's children, Morag, is a complete sociopath -- amoral, cunning, unable to bond with anyone, promiscuous, dishonest -- you know the drill. The h actually hates her and shows it, which should tell you that this child is monstrous. While Morag is around, it will be impossible for the h to be happy, pretty much everyone points out. There are a few other complications -- the H's inappropriate jealousy of a man who effectively only asked to get a fishing license -- he forbids her to speak another word to him; his rage when she refuses to wear a sleeveless gown to a party because it will show her scars (to be fair, he doesn't know about them), which HUMILIATES him; his cold dismissiveness when she doesn't "know her place" and offers advice, and so on. There's also a hateful mother-in-law (the late wife's mother), but she only has a small space in this universe of unpleasantness. Also he shakes her mercilessly at one point, but in his defense, he was really angry that she refused to wear that sleeveless dress. (hide spoiler)] I gave this two stars because the h got what she wanted in the end, the H seemed to legitimately love her, and also because of the Hampson-style expediency in resolving the barriers to happiness. (Suffice to say, Hampson does not suffer from excessive sensitivity.) Unfortunately, the ex-fiance is not hit with a falling piano.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I found this book to be fascinating. It starts out as an infertility story, but quickly moves on to become an absorbing story of the h's adjustment to marriage and motherhood with her new family -- including dealing with the teenage stepdaughter from hell. It riveted my attention to the last page. I found this book to be fascinating. It starts out as an infertility story, but quickly moves on to become an absorbing story of the h's adjustment to marriage and motherhood with her new family -- including dealing with the teenage stepdaughter from hell. It riveted my attention to the last page.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    2 ½ Stars ~ I knew before starting this romance, published in 1971, that typically Ms Hampson's hero was bound to be an arrogant brute with few redeemable qualities, at least in today's standards. In that regard, I wasn't disappointed. And I really wasn't surprised that I was immediately drawn in and compelled to read on. That is just how talented this author was. This is the story of Gail, a 28 year old woman who suffered greatly 9 years before from a car accident. Her injuries were severe, mult 2 ½ Stars ~ I knew before starting this romance, published in 1971, that typically Ms Hampson's hero was bound to be an arrogant brute with few redeemable qualities, at least in today's standards. In that regard, I wasn't disappointed. And I really wasn't surprised that I was immediately drawn in and compelled to read on. That is just how talented this author was. This is the story of Gail, a 28 year old woman who suffered greatly 9 years before from a car accident. Her injuries were severe, multiple surgeries required, leaving both physical scars and emotional ones. The most horrific result was the rejection from her fiancé upon learning she could no longer bear children. The accident had been Michael's fault, yet still he refused to stand by her. The book opens with Gail lunching on a bench in the park; enjoying the swans gliding on the lake. A couple with children arrive, and she's shocked to see that it's Michael, his wife and two children. Seeing them brings her personal pains forefront, and she vows to herself to leave her office job and seek a job as a nanny. She knows she'll never marry, so this is her best future, where she can love and be part of children's lives. Andrew is a Scottish laird who takes a hands-on responsibility of his vast country estates (think of the TV series, Monarch of the Glen). He's a widower with two young children (Robbie 7, Shena 5) and a hellion daughter of 15, Morag. His history with his wife is a bitter one, and now he faces the same difficulties with his eldest daughter. In London to interview nannies, Andrew leaves Robbie and Shena with Gail's sister and brother-in-law. When Gail takes her bi-annual holiday break to visit, she quickly bonds with his children. Unsuccessful in finding the right nanny, Andrew is pleased to see how Gail and his children get on. Seeking Gail out alone, he admits to her that he'd actually hoped to find a good woman to marry. A marriage in name only, but would give her the much needed role of mother. When he asks Gail to fill that role, she sees her once dream of being a wife and mother coming true, and accepts. Gail falls instantly in love with her new home and the vast beautiful countryside. While Robbie quickly accepts her as mummy, Shena needs more gentle nurturing. All the rumours, Gail has heard of 15 year old Morag, seem to be based on truth. The girl is incorrigible, and short of locking her in her room, she comes and goes at her pleasure. Morag has no empathy for others and could easily be deemed a sociopath. The girl causes nothing but trouble for Gail, constantly undermining her and feeding her father with lies. This is where I'll stop with the plot description. Gail on the whole is likeable, but not very assertive unless she loses her temper. Andrew overall comes across as cold, but knowing his past with his wife it is easy to see this is a wall he builds to protect himself. He's a jealous man and takes his role as laird very seriously, demanding respect always. With Robbie and Shena, he is a caring father, and together with Gail it seems he's lonely for a loving family life. Morag, the she-devil constantly puts him into black moods, sometimes brutal black moods. As in all Harlequin's there is a HEA for Gail and Andrew. While at times it seemed impossible to achieve, Ms Hampson wrote the only ending that would work. I would have liked a longer ending, more groveling and proving redemption on Andrew's part. Alas, this is not Ms Hampson's style.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    Liked it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    A

    Weirdest book I have ever read. The H is an idiot who was cheated on by his late wife whom he repeatedly accepted and had more kids. He distrusts the entire race after that experience and controls h who marries him as her ex-fiancé gets into a drunken accident that injures her while he walks away without any issues. The accident leaves her with scars and inability to bear kids so obv the fiancé dumps her. The H and h marry so that h can experience ‘motherhood’ and H gets a free lifelong nanny. H Weirdest book I have ever read. The H is an idiot who was cheated on by his late wife whom he repeatedly accepted and had more kids. He distrusts the entire race after that experience and controls h who marries him as her ex-fiancé gets into a drunken accident that injures her while he walks away without any issues. The accident leaves her with scars and inability to bear kids so obv the fiancé dumps her. The H and h marry so that h can experience ‘motherhood’ and H gets a free lifelong nanny. He controls whom she speaks with or looks at! To top it the oldest kid isn’t even his kid and she smokes her way to death.

  8. 5 out of 5

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  52. 4 out of 5

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