Amanda Scott is legendary in her storytelling of life on the Scottish/English borders in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. If you love history, and want to learn it through real historical characters brought to life, this book is for you. However, if you thought you were going to read a romance, this is not a book that will satisfy that urge. The hero and heroine do not even talk to each other until page 102. In fact, due to the large amount of goings-on as related to the actual history, the romance of the two main characters does not even begin to develop until the book is almost at its end. In fact, at the last page of the book, they have finally figured out that they should be together, and then finally they start to make love, and the book ends. I like realistic novels that stay true to history, but I also like a nicely developed romance, which is what I thought this book would contain. I give this book 3 stars because although Amanda Scott does her research and loves history, I was completely let down with the lack of romance of a couple working through a relationship.
I enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading Border Fire by the same author.
As daughter of a Scottish march warden, Laurie Halliot knew life could be treacherous in the Borders. But when the English accused her runaway stepsister of murder, Laurie pledged herself as hostage until the truth could be uncovered. To protect her honor, her father insisted she be handfasted to her jailor. And so Laurie became the reluctant bride of Sir Hugh Graham of Brackengill, English brother of the notorious Scots heroine, Janet the Bold. A man of divided loyalties and strong heart, Hugh tempted Laurie as no man had before. If she was ever to regain her freedom, she must stay out of his bed, but how could she deny her own dangerous passions.