Reviews - Historical

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.

Planned weddings are rarely known to go well, and it seems the more the nuptials have riding on them, the more complicated things can get. In order to broker peace between two rival clans so that a windmill that lies on the border can be refurbished, it is decided that Spencer McDool will marry Jane, the Laird’s daughter from the Lockie clan.

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