Setting - Scotland 1513. Moira Maclean has spent 17 years in a convent her father took her to at the young age of 12 years old. Moira has adjusted well to convent life and has learned to be strong and independence. She, however, does not know about love.
Ian Cameron, laird of the clan Cameron of Glencoe, is a warrior and proud leader of his people. Moira's father battles Ian and his clan and sees Ian as his mortal enemy.
Ian goes to the convent and tells Moira that her father has died - she must marry him to end further fighting between the clans. They are immediately wed and their marriage is consummated quickly(not with much skill or pleasure for either). Immediately after, Moira's father arrives at the convent very alive and furious that Moira has wed his most hated enemy.
Moira's father tells Ian to leave his daughter at the convent - she is too old and barren to satisfy her young husband's needs(Ian is 25 years old). Ian reluctantly agrees and leaves, but two months later comes back for Moira and she has a surprise for him....she is pregnant!
With a troubled beginning to their marriage, Ian and Moira struggle to make their marriage work. There are several obstacles; someone is trying to kill Moira, Ian wants a real marriage while the naive Moira doesn't understand all that he wants, and problems with facing her father again.
Ian and Moira's relationship is wonderful in this story. Moira is a multi-layered heroine who is strong and has knowledge about numbers, agriculture, etc. that help manage their lives. She is a vital part of the success of their relationship and proves that intelligence is just as exciting as outer beauty. Ian, though feeling guilty of how their marriage started, cares and loves Moira as his wife and his partner. The exchanges between Ian and Moira are fun to read and challenging to both parties. There are interesting secondary characters, Anne and Blair, and Ian's sister Brianna which compliment the entire book.
If you have read Donna Fletcher's Irish Eyes books - The Irish Devil and Irish Hope, you will love this book! Don't miss it!