Legend of a Highland Lass – Extended Epilogue


Sean was securing the last of the nails on the doorframe to the entrance of the tavern when Brandon came up behind him.

“Sean,” Donovan said. “A rider approaches.”

Sean’s heart began to race, his mind wandering and fearing the worst. Who could know we’re here? It’s not possible. This is a remote area. Only a few people I knew possess knowledge of these parts.

“Fetch yer sword,” Sean said to Donovan. “Tell the other villagers to go indoors and await instructions.”

“Aye,” Donovan said before quickly retreating and spreading the news.

Sean quickly retreated to his cottage, Rose tending to a garden as he went inside to fetch his weapon.

“What is it?” Rose asked.

“A rider approaches,” Sean said.

Rose wasted no time—she followed after Sean and retrieved her own sword, the two of them then moving together toward the trail leading up to the village and standing on their guard. They waited…and waited…and waited. Finally, a single man on horseback became visible in the distance, riding slowly and with caution toward the front of the village.

“Who is that?” Rose said. “He looks…like a Highlander.”

Sean shook his head, squinting and perplexed as to whom the rider could be. He watched as the man approached, and then his jaw opened as the rider’s face came into clearer view. No, it can’t be! I thought he was dead!

Sean lowered his sword, Rose grabbing him by the arm as he did so. “What?” she asked. “What is it?”

Sean jutted his chin toward the incoming rider, now just ten paces away from where they stood. “I know him,” Sean said. “I know the man that approaches.”

“Ye do?”

“Aye…he is…my brother…”

The rider, his face now in full view, dismounted his horse and smiled as he outstretched his arms. His face and build were similar to that of Sean—rugged, handsome, a few scars, and a weathered look in his eyes.

“Big brother,” the man said. “It has been a long time.”

Sean approached his kin slowly, shaking his head and still amazed that he was looking upon his face. “Eamon,” he said. “I never thought I would see ye again.”

The two brothers squared off, neither of them saying a word for several moments. As they looked on at one another, Donovan approached from the rear.

“Is everything alright?” he asked.

Sean nodded. “Aye. Everything is fine. There is no cause for concern.”

Eamon waved. “My name is Eamon.” He nodded to Sean. “I am kin of this fine man here.” He looked at Rose. “And who might ye be?”

Rose held her head high—proud. “I am his wife. My name is Rose.”

Eamon’s eyes went wide. “My God,” he said. “He married again. I would have never thought that I would live to see the day. I guess that explains the smile that he now sports. Ye do look quite different now, Sean, I must say.”

Sean took another step forward. “How did ye…Why are ye here?”

“Oh, I’ve been looking for ye for quite some time, brother. I’ve been searching the Highlands in every part. After I couldn’t find ye…” He gestured around the village. “I figured there was only one more place ye could be. Quite stunning, I must say. It looks like ye have built quite a nice home for yerselves.”

Sean crossed his arms, huffing as he did so. “What are ye doing here, Eamon? What do ye want?”

Eamon shook his head. “Ye still hold a grudge against me, I see.”

“Considering what ye did, can ye blame me?”

Eamon took a step forward. “I am not here to quarrel with ye about things from the past. There are much more pressing matters at hand. Can we speak indoors? Somewhere private?”

Sean debated for a moment, just as eager to hear Eamon out, as he was to tell him to leave. He betrayed me, he betrayed our family. He left before he could help me avenge my fallen wife…

“The cottage behind us,” Sean said, forking a thumb over his shoulder. “I will meet ye there.”

Eamon nodded, stepping around them both and moving toward the cottage. Once he was out of earshot, Rose said: “He is yer brother?”

“Aye,” Sean said, watching as Eamon entered their home. “But I have not seen him in years.”

“Why? What happened? Ye never mentioned him before.”

“There is good reason for that. He…betrayed me.”


Sean grabbed Rose by the hand and moved toward the cottage. “I’ll explain later,” he said. “Let’s hear what he has to say first.”

They followed after Eamon, entering their cottage and seeing that he had already taken up a seat at their dinner table. They both stood, waiting with curious expressions.

“Aren’t ye going to sit?” Eamon asked.

“Speak,” Sean said. “Say what ye are going to say.”

Eamon leaned forward, folding his hands in front of him. “As I said,” he began, “I am not here to speak of the past. I…need yer help, actually.”

“And why should I help ye?”

“Because there is a significant amount of riches to be had at the end of this journey that I am proposing, more than ye could ever imagine.”

“Riches?” Sean said. “Whose?”

Eamon smiled wickedly. “Try the King of England. After yer little tiff with him after the murder of his nephew, which spread like wildfire around the Highlands, by the way, he decided that he needed to employ a more…personal touch to the English plight to rule the Highlands.

“Personal touch?” Rose said.

“Aye,” Eamon said. “The King is sending a proxy to the Highlands. A nobleman by the name of Cutler. He wishes to track ye all down and dispense of ye after killing the King’s nephew and the men he sent to avenge his death. Ye had to know that this kind of retribution was a possibility.”

“I did,” Sean said. “But what is it that ye are proposing?”

“I am proposing,” Eamon said, “that we kill this man Cutler. We dispense of the English once and for all by cutting off the head of the serpent.”

“And these riches ye speak of?”

“This man Cutler is bringing his lot with him, all of his gold and coin. I am organizing a group of men to band together. We will kill the king, dispense of his minions, and steal his riches. And ye, my dear older brother, are one of the finest, if not the finest swordsmen in all of the land.”

Sean shook his head. “I will not rob anyone. I have a simple life now. And I wish to keep it that way.”

Eamon held up a finger. “But Cutler will no doubt track ye down if ye do not rid yerself of him first. It is a preemptive measure, brother. If ye sit here and do nothing, he will find ye, and he will kill ye. Ye don’t want his riches? Fine. But ye know that he must be dealt with before he deals with ye. I know where he is going to be. I just need ye to agree to the job. Join me. Join the other men that I have to organize and help me take down this tyrant.”

Sean turned away; his mind wracked with affliction. I cannot lose Rose. I cannot lose my people. I cannot allow the King to destroy all that I have built and take away my life after I just pieced it back together.

Sean looked at Rose, bringing his hand up to her cheek and stroking it delicately. “What do ye think, my love?”

Rose sighed. “Cutler will no doubt find us unless we deal with him first. I believe the words yer brother states to be true.” She took his hand and held it to her belly. “And there are more than the two of us to think about now…”

Sean’s eyes went wide, smiling with sheer joy as he understood fully what his wife was hinting at. “Are ye sure?” he asked.

Rose nodded and smiled. “Aye. I am quite sure. And we must do all we can to protect it before it arrives…”

Sean looked again at Eamon, his younger brother eagerly awaiting his reply. Sean felt the intensity of the situation increasing now that he knew his wife was with child, and the urgency to save them both and keep them out of harm’s way was even more pressing than it was before.

“So,” Eamon said, arms outstretched. “Will ye join me?”

Sean took a beat. Thinking…and thinking…and thinking…and then he nodded. “Aye,” he said with depletion in his tone, not eager in the slightest to take up the sword but knowing that he was going to have to protect everything he loved. “I am in.”


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  • A fantastic book! It was a book with a difference. The story was compelling of struggles, personal conflict and strength. A well written book in which you could feel as the characters felt. Their attraction, denial then acceptance and expression of love. A book that stands apart.

  • I liked finding out each main characters own story and why and what they were fighting for. Good storyline and pace, building it up and I love a happy ending. Also read extended epilogue so interesting that there is more to come. Something to look forward to.

  • This was such an exciting story but yet sad too for the sorrows and death that came about for the Highlanders and Sean and Rose in what they went through. The ending of the story seems to be about another tale of some battle to keep everyone safe and in peace for their lives. Could this be another tale to write about?

  • This book grabs you from the first chapter. Many highs and lows. Wondering if there will be more books to continue saga.

    • Thank you so much for all the encouragement my dear Sandie! I’m glad that you enjoyed it 😀

  • After reading the entire book and extended epilogs; all I can say is bravo. The characters took on a real life and I could not stop until read straight through.

  • What a sad story but I sure would like to hear more. Wonderful characters in a wonderful story sets the stage for more.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the book and epilogue. However, there are numerous discrepancies. Brandon, who was killed early on, returned instead of I believe was supposed to be Donovan, who had departed Rose with the rest of the Scots. Also, unless the Cutler Sean is supposed to kill in the epilogue is a descendant or relative, Lord Marcus killed him. Story itself was very entertaining. Thank you.

  • I enjoyed this book so much . L hope that Sean did not get involved with his brother I would not trust him

  • I loved this book .Very intriguing,didn’t want to put it down .I think a few characters were mixed up though.I thought Cutler and Brandon were killed earlier in the story.

  • An excellent book with developed plot. I enjoyed the novel. I notice quite a few typos more than usual.

  • I loved this book. I can’t wait for the next one. Many typos. A mix up of a few characters but the love and adventure was well worth it.

  • Excellent story, with a difference. Avery compelling story, you could feel what the characters felt. A story that stands on its own, but there where a quite a few typos and some discrepancies with mixing up characters name.

  • I found this book interesting and pleasant enough and a change from all out wars! I loved how Sean and Rose despite having a full previous life found each other!

  • The story was good I recommend an editor who can clean up some of the errors that run throughout the book. Reading was difficult because of some confusion and syntax errors. I find this often with new writers. I encourage you to keep writing. Your plot is good and the characters are step enough. Editing would provide a better product.

  • Truly a complex story with both Sean and Rose both separately seeking revenge against the English and fate bringing them together. As always the path to love is a rocky and painful journey. Cannot wait for a second book with Sean and his brother.

  • Loved this book & how the characters all come to life. Can’t wait to follow the exploits of Sean, Rose and Eamon in future editions!

  • I loved this story, I’m only sorry, that the brave and true Kelly, didn’t survive. Sean and Rose’s tale of love, despite terrible adversity and the wonderful bravery and loyalty of their Highlanders, was so good, I actually shed a tear when they found happiness and their safe haven at last. Many thanks!

  • Thank you very much for your feedback, my dear Elaine, and for helping me through that improve myself <3

  • Thank you very much, my lovely Anne, for your honest feedback! It definitely is much needed! Hopefully, you will like the next one more ?

  • A good story but a few typos throughout and please there is no “e” in scotch whisky its irish whiskey that has the “e”

    • Thank you very much for your feedback, my lovely Anna. I only recently came to that revelation… ?

  • I loved the story! Lots of tragedy! The ending of the epilogue was sad to hear that there is more to come! I like happy endings.

  • Good story some sad parts as life in that time was always harsh. Hope for a sequel to see what happens with Eamon and a fight sure to come.

  • Enjoyed the story lots of adventure and struggles for the people. But there was some inconsistencies in the story.

  • I enjoyed Sean’s story even though I read the books out of order. I read Eamon’s story first. I do wish there was a list or Book 1 or 2.

  • I enjoyed your book but I would be grateful know if the Cutler who was killed off in Chapter 16 is a relation to the Cutler you mentioned in your extended epilogue?

  • An interesting story about loss, grief and love. I really enjoyed the characters and the scenery in this book. Keep writing so we can keep reading.

  • One of the better books to tell the story of the women and men who had to protect themselves and the Scots from the English. I enjoyed every minute of it. Please let your followers know when the sequel of this marvelous story is completed

    • I’m sorry for the inconvenience, my lovely Maggie! I hope you still enjoyed the story and this didn’t ruin all your pleasure. ❤️

  • Loved it!! Great story it kept your attention wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was loss, grief, and love. Lots of adventures Scots/ English.

  • What an adventure! Rose is definitely a brave, little spit-fire and Sean is the kind of highlander whom we could all fall for! Great story, Kenna! Thank you for sharing your words.

  • I read until they reached the mountain and quit. Book is very tedious. Should have been proofread for its MANY errors.

    • Thank you for your honest words, my dear Gloria! I’m taking a note and I’ll definitely work more on this in the future! ❤️

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