by Sandy Blair

December 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7767-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

One of our newest stars brings us another charming tale of love found in the most unexpected places.

Sir Angus McDougall must find a bride in three months in order to win a wager with his liege lord and win the keys to his own castle. He sets on a quest to find a bride, only to realize that they aren’t as easy to find as he had hoped. Who could possibly resist this bold knight with the slightly tarnished armor and battle scars? What matters is the man, not the myth or reputation. After searching for a bride, he finally heads off to one last place where he knows he will finally find one, but instead he finds Birdalane, and what a way to find her…naked as the day she was born, swimming in a pond. What red blooded man could resist a picture like this?

Birdalane isn’t any ordinary woman; she has the ‘gift’ of healing. Many people fear her, but they are also in awe of her and the powers that she can wield. When a stranger wanders into her woodland haven, she is suddenly thrust into a world that she has only dreamed about, but never known. You see, with her ‘gift’ has also come blindness and she has never strayed from her wooded home.

When Angus feels she is in danger of the villagers who seem to want to do her harm, he whisks her away to safety only to become accidentally hand fasted to her. This of course can’t happen when he is trying to find a bride of his own, but to protect her from other men, he must keep up the charade until he can get her to safety. What he doesn’t expect is to fall under this shy, beauty’s spell and fall head-over-heels in love with a woman who may turn out to be a blind witch.

The journey that Angus and Birdie travel not only takes them through enemy lands but also into territory that neither one of them is familiar with, that being the territory of the heart, love. Birdie is blind; Angus is a strong, bull of a man who is full of life. What can these two very different people ever have in common? You will be surprised. A truer, tender love you will never find.

Ms. Blair has a way of writing her characters that the reader can’t help but fall in love with. Angus and Birdie are true to life and never leave the reader wondering what each one is thinking or feeling. The secondary characters really add to the body of the story, bringing back characters from her first book, A Man In A Kilt. The Scottish highland countryside is breathtaking and makes the reader feel as if they are really there, feeling the grass and the rain upon their face.

I predict great things for this talented new author. Keep any eye on Sandy Blair, her star is rising very fast.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Debbie.

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