by Paula Quinn

December 2007
ISBN: 0-446-61912-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Amidst the turmoil of the English Commonwealth period, author Paula Quinn has chosen war-ravaged Scotland as the setting for her new novel, Laird of the Mist. The Scots revolt that unseated Charles I and allowed Cromwell to direct the republic has left the countryside devastated. No clan was untouched during this upheaval, but the MacGregors suffered the most. Their lands were forfeit, they were declared outlaws, and anyone carrying their name was considered a traitor. Highland families who aided them were in great danger.

Kate Campbell hopes her uncle, the Earl of Argyll, has finally decided to take her back to his castle. She misses her brother Robert, and hopes that she will not be left behind again. She is ready to leave, but now doubts the wisdom in it, considering her uncle’s covetous glances in her direction. He may have more than a family reunion in mind. Luckily, Kate has learned self-defense and is not afraid to fight for her honor.

Callum MacGregor is almost within killing distance of his arch enemy, the Earl of Argyll, when a band of raiders attack Glen Orchy. He is astonished to see a woman brandishing a sword and fighting with the aged retainers. When he saves her life, Kate is infuriated to learn that it is only to take her hostage. Who is this barbarian and why does he want her?

Ms. Quinn offers readers a history lesson amidst the passion between Callum and Kate. The English rule over Scotland has been the subject of poetry and song for centuries, and proves to be the perfect backdrop for this tale of a love that conquers all.

Reviewed in November 2007 by Paula.

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