Wealthy American Burke Longton has come to Scotland for his deceased father, in order to find the brother his father had to leave behind, and who has been lost to them ever since. Once there, he soon finds himself in jail, falsely accused, where he is taken by Storm-a female rebel and outlaw against the Scottish government-from the prison to safety.
Storm rescues those wrongly imprisoned for stealing food and like crimes, driven by the death of her own husband, whom she saw die in similar circumstances. His death has made her a strong crusader against such injustice, but she has walled herself off from any intimate ties or feelings-a wall which Burke soon determines to tear down.
Fletcher has written an endearing and interesting tale of love on the wrong side of the law, with a gentle and masculine hero and a strong-willed and vulnerable heroine. As they set out together to find Burke's long lost brother, Burke sets out to conquer a Storm, and slowly overcomes her fears with his wooing and talk of the wonders of America and its freedoms.
A tale as much of the times as of the two lovers, this book has the kind of depth that brings to life both the characters and the times, as we are swept along with the lovers' trek to solve the mystery surrounding a man being held prisoner who may be Burke's lost brother, to a surprising ending that will leave you ready for the next tale the book obviously sets us up for. Recommended.
Reviewed by Lee M
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