This was a good read, set on the border of England and Scotland. This is one of a trilogy on the Maclean brothers. I had not read the other books but it didn't matter.
English born Kimbra Charlton once rode side by side with her bandit husband. But after his untimely death, she has lived at the mercy of his clan. When she comes across a wounded Scottish warrior, she cannot leave him to die...
Scottish born Lachlan Maclean who is being nursed by Kimbra does not remember anything of his past. And the English King has declared that all Scots are to be killed after the battle of Flodden, but Kimbra secretly nurses him anyway... While his family is searching for him Lachlan must tread carefully when the Charlton clan leader discovers him and takes a liking to him...Will his memory ever return? He walks s dangerous line...
In 1513 guilt-ridden Lachlan Maclean never wanted to become a soldier, but does because he holds himself culpable for the death of his father when he failed to kill an enemy; redemption is what he is willing to die for. He hopes to restore honor lost by replacing his brother at the side of King James in the upcoming battle with the English at Flodden Field. During the skirmish Lachlan fought like a man possessed, but ultimately was wounded and buried underneath his steed.
Widow Kimbra Charleton supports herself and her daughter by scavenging for the values of the war dead along side her late husband's odious family. Her in-laws demand she kill any Scot who remains alive. She finds Lachlan still breathing but wearing a costly plaid and a valuable jeweled brooch so she assumes he is of noble birth. Unable to kill him, Kimbra rationalizes that she will nurture him before ransoming him. However, as he heals, he suffers amnesia, unable to remember his name. Worse she finds that instead of dumping him or informing her in-laws that she houses a Scot so they kill him, she wants her patient like no one ever before not even her late husband.
BELOVED STRANGER, the sequel to the superb BELOVED IMPOSTER, is a fine early sixteenth century romance. The tale stars a beleaguered ethical hero seeking to redeem his honor though amnesia makes him wonder if he has done evil things and a fabulous lioness willing to do anything for her cub except turn in her patient to certain death as she clearly sees he is an honorable soul. The action packed story line moves forward at a fast pace, but it is the lead pairing that drive a fine return to the MacLean clan
Unable to remember anything of his past, Lachlan MacLean is haunted by fleeting images of violence and betrayal evan as he is nursed byt the spirited English widow, who hides him in her cottagea nd heals his wounds.
Scottish/English Romance! Part of the 'Beloved' series. Lachlan's and Kimbra's story