by Amanda Scott

November 2004
ISBN: 0-446-61462-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Mairi MacDonald is the daughter of the Lord Of The Isles. The time being the 14th century it means Mairi will be married off by her father to whom he considers the most advantages to the MacDonald clan. Mairi accepts this, though the man her father chooses does not excite her in any way. Then she meets Lachlan and he does stir her heart.

I was immediately drawn to this book because the setting is Argyll and the Isles in Scotland. I live in Argyll and found it fascinating to see my homeland portrayed in the 14th centaury. The places mentioned were all so familiar that this would have made the book a great read for me.

I have to say that as a reader the story unfolds is so exciting the book is one of those rare books that is hard to put down.

Mairi has to risk many things including her very life to get the man who holds her heart, but Lachlan knew he wanted this woman from the moment he set eyes on her.

The hero and heroine are delightful characters and it is interesting to see a hero of a historical portrayed as a skilled diplomat rather than a warrior. Lachlan shows that he prefers to talk his way out of trouble and only resorts to his fighting skill as a last resort.

Amanda Scott obviously loves history as she delves into Scottish folklore with a relish and makes the period come alive for the reader. Her research is thorough.

I loved this book and can highly recommend it. The authorís Scottish historicals are excellent and this one is no exception, it ranks among her very best.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Mary.

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