- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Jove Publications (22 Sep 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515129054
- ISBN-13: 978-0515129052
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,182,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The English Earl of Derrowood, Neil Claremont hates Scotland, especially the Loch Ness area where he is stationed as a member of His Majesty's Royal Corps of Engineers. He only wants to go back to London. However, Neil's dreams end when the MacInnes abduct him with the purpose being he marry Jessalyn, daughter of an enemy of the English monarch. However, as Neil becomes acquainted with Jessalyn, he falls in love with her, her clan, and her country, but struggles with feelings of treason and disloyalty.
A HINT OF HEATHER is an entertaining eighteenth century Scottish romance. The story line is filled with action and intrigue as the lead couple battles with their undesirable feeling of love. The support cast, mainly the women, children and elderly of Clan MacInnes provide depth to the period and incentives to Neil and Jessalyn. Rebecca Hagan Lee makes her alluring Scottish story beguile sub-genre fans.
The English Earl of Derrowood, Neil Claremont, might have viewed the injustice dealt to the Scotts people as unjust but as far as he was concerned, it wasn't his problem....he hated Scotland, was there only as a member of His Majesty's Royal Corps of Engineers to do a job. He resented the interruption of his apprenticeship to the master architect of the day, Sir Christopher Wren and couldn't wait to get back to London and his studies. What Neil was not aware of was a plot, involving his beloved grandfather that would bind him to Scotland and the newest laird of Clan MacInnes.
Set free from the chains imprisoning him for a minor infraction against his despicable commanding officer, Neil was then kidnapped and brought to the highland village to marry the newest Laird of Clan MacInnes, Lady Jessalyn. The fact that she was a bonny young woman wasn't quite enough temptation but when he was shown the signed betrothal documents with HIS signature, he saw his grandfather's hand in the deception, and felt honor bound to comply. Insulting his bride to be, with the comments of her dirty unshod bare feet, he found that she was no pushover and not about to be intimidated by his insults. He soon discovered that her strength and determination were traits that he found as appealing as the lass herself. When the marriage was consummated Jessalyn was less than pleased with the boasts her husband had made as to his prowess in the bedchamber and Neil knew he had a LOT to make up for!
This was a darling story that has some very humorous and very tender moments. The secondary characters were drawn with a richness and depth I've come to expect from this author. I loved the wooing with the shoes, and especially enjoyed the way Neil's grandmere handled his former mistress - delightful! The villain in the piece was truly a piece of work and was dealt with by Lady Jessalyn in a MOST appropriate way! Three cheers for this charming and irresistible tale! --- Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for www.historicalromancewriters.com ---
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