by Margaret Moore

August 2004
ISBN: 0-373-77003-0
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Scotland, 1235

Lady Marianne Beauxville was a prisoner of her own brother. Sir Nicholas Beauxville had claimed Marianne from the convent where she had spent the later part of her childhood for his own devious purposes. Seems in order to keep an alliance with his new neighbors in Scotland, where he has been awarded a Scottish keep as his own, Nicholas has promised Marianneís hand in marriage to a doddering old Scottish chieftain! Not exactly what Marianne had in mind for a husband, but if her Norman brother wants to survive in Scotland he must have allies. How will Marianne get out of this? A plan to runaway is thwarted by a guest of her brotherís, another of Nicholasí new neighbors, the boldly arrogant and extremely handsome warrior Adair Mac Taren, future chieftain of his clan at Lochbarr.

Adair Mac Taren had journeyed to Beauxville, formerly Dunkeathe, with several of his clansmen, to try to form a friendship between his clan and his new Norman neighbor, Sir Nicholas. It is Nicholasí strikingly beautiful sister that catches Adairís eye and steals his breath away. Although a Norman, and unlike any Scottish lass Adair has ever met, he cannot help but be drawn to Marianneís grace and dignity. It is this that spurs him to come to her aid in trying to escape her brotherís plans for a marriage to a man old enough to be her father. What Adair didnít count on is having to make claim to Marianne as his own lady wife in the process!

Hooray for Margaret Moore who has done it again with Bride of Lochbarr! Wonderful, vividly written characters and the chemistry between the noble Scottish warrior Adair, and the beauty and brains combination of heroine Lady Marianne will knock your kilts off!

Reviewed in July 2004 by Bonnie.

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