Facing a forced politically advantageous for her brother's sake, Marianne feels like she's been condemned to Hades. Not only is her "groom to be" a Scottish heathen, but an old man with a vile reputation. Though raised by nuns, she is not meek and mild. Her fire attracts the attention of another Scot, Adair, a chieftain's oldest son. He knows the wretched misery ahead of Marianne if she does not find some escape, so he sets out to rescue her. There are a few hitches that culminate in Marianne claiming he kidnapped her and ruined her reputation, making her unmarriageable to any but himself. So, the Norman lady who did not want to marry a Scot finds herself the wife of Adair Mac Seamus Mac Taran, lost in a world where she can't even communicate as she knows no Gaelic. The fire is still in her, however, and she proves her worth quickly. She and her husband even manage to fall in love. If she thought to escape politics, then she was wrong. Not everyone wants Adair as their chieftain, and as his wife, she is in equal danger.
**** The complexity of this novel is belied by its brevity. The author teaches the reader never to judge by appearances, as characters prove to be deep and multi dimensional. She combines exciting action, passion, and a heart warming ending in a fast paced read. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.