Reviews - Historical

In 1852, Lord Owen Burnley discovers his sister’s strangled body in London’s East End, and vows to find her killer. With few clues, including an original handkerchief found in his sister’s hand, he is determined to find justice. With his anger and frustration bottled up inside, he earns his nickname with the way he treats people that he suspects.

Katie Hathaway has worked hard to escape her small hometown of Roebling, New Jersey, in the early 1950’s. She has just been offered a job as a dance instructor for a studio in Trenton, when she decides to share her exciting news with her family, and takes the bus back to her hometown.

In the opening pages, the reader is dropped into the year 1300, on the lands bordering Scotland. The cold-hearted lord of Trastamara Castle, Roget de Sauque, is planning a visit to his mistress at Mordrington Manor, another of his holdings. To his shock, he finds it overrun by her brethren. The visit does not end well.

William Keith, Laird of Dunnottar and Marischal of Scotland needs a wife, something he has fought against for a long while. While hosting the Black Douglases for Yule, he receives an invite from his sister Elizabeth to spend the holiday with her and her husband at their home in Drum. Upon arrival, he comes face to face with Mary, and learns his sister wishes them to marry.

Maggie MacLaren has lost almost everything. Discarded by her husband over her inability to bear him a child, she is sent back to her home with nothing but the deed to an unknown remote island, a feeble replacement for the dowry that originally accompanied her. King Phillipe de Potiers has also lost everything.

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