When William Woodville, Viscount Linwood, spies a white maiden in a Crow village about to be traded to Sioux warriors, he buys her, forever changing his life.
An artist with the soul of a poet, Will flees to America to escape his painful past and a tyrannical father, finding peace painting images of tribal Indian life.
When his father demands he return to wed, Will sees the woman as a perfect way to retaliate. Marjorie has lived with the Indians for over 20 years, and it is the only life she remembers. She knows nothing of her heritage, but her name.
She is grateful when Will buys her and overjoyed when he makes her his wife, trying to please him even though he is sullen.
When they travel to England she is willing to do whatever it takes to win his love until she realizes he married her for revenge, shattering her romantic illusions. Will abandons her, returning to his lonely life in America.
Will's mother transforms Marjorie into the toast of the town while he roams the American wilderness brooding for her. When he comes home he finds many surprises and a wife who is independent and not as forgiving as she once was. What must he do to repair the damage he has done? How can he win Marjorie's heart?
Ms. Coffman has returned to the Mackinnon clan where she answers the much-asked question, whatever became of Marjorie Mackinnon. With her usual finesse, Ms. Coffman spins a soul-stirring tale with multi-dimensional characters who will capture your heart. Eloquent and memorable and brimming with emotional complexity.
Historical romance at its best. 329 pgs
Really enjoyed this one ..
This is #7 in the MacKinnon family saga & brings us full circle to the family home in England!
The heroine, Margery, was held captive for 20 yrs. of her life. During that time she has been traded through three different Indian tribes. While in the middle of another trade, Will, the hero, encounters the negotiation. He decides right then and there to purchase her and make her his bride for the purpose of getting back at his dad. Margery, unaware of the true purpose of his "heroic" act, looks at Will as her savior.
When they arrive at Will's family home on Christmas Eve, he and his father exchange angry words and he leaves Margery. In that moment she realizes his true purpose for marrying her. Broken hearted, abandoned and betrayed, she hardens her heart and with the help of her mother-in-law she no longer is the "little savage" Will deemed her to be. Margery is accepted by the ton and learns to be independent.
All the while, Will is in America with his dying friend pining away for Margery. After two yrs Will returns home to find his shy and submissive wife is no longer. However he prefers the new headstrong Margery than the meek and biddable Margery. After a couple rounds of battle of the wills, they finally come together.
This book is part of a series, but the only one I read. It can be read as a stand alone. It was a great read, but my only complaint was the battle of wills was too brief. After two yrs being away, I felt, Will should have fought harder and longer to win his wife back. And I know I know, his physical ailment is the reason it brought them together sooner than it would have otherwise, but I felt he owed her more than, what was it, two weeks of trying to win her over? The could've added a couple more pages with him on his knees... ^_^
The ending was quite lovely and was the perfect ending to the series. Even though I didn't read the other books, it just seemed to fit.
really good book! i loved it!
I enjoyed this book but found the Hero's "poor pitiful me" attitude a little wearing. I am also not a fan of the abandonment theme. Now that I have stated what I don't like about his book let me get to what I did like: The Heroine. She is a survivor. She does not fall on her knees at life's little (or big) bumps and blame those around her. She observes and adapts...and I really appreciate that behavior. I did think that she was a little too quick to forgive the Hero but it worked in the story. I would recommend this book to my friends.
Old fashioned love story. Enjoyed the premise: child kidnapped and raised into adulthood by Indians, rescued by hero. There was a lot of promise in this type of story, but it got bogged down with day-to-day details once Margery arrived in England. An okay read. 3 stars.