I LOVED this book, was told by hubby not to read it at night as I kept laughing out loud. This was just a fun, good, relaxing book which we all need to read sometimes.
My favorite chapter of this whole book is when he goes to the Abbey to get her....
Try getting married when your betrothed can wield an iron pot with deadly accuracy her mad uncle thinks hes William Wallace and her two maiden aunts cant finish a sentence or thought on their own.
sir Iain Armstrong sets out to marry Lady Marian who is convent raised and a spit fire. He is trying to appease both families and she only has to agree to marry him. She wants to fight it and there is some humorous scenes.
What a great read! Laugh out loud funny. You'll wonder why Sir Iain Armstrong doesn't go running when he comes up against Lady marion's made uncle who thinks he's William Wallace and her two doting aunts who can't finish a sentence or thought on their own...oh, they mean well.
In 1513, war weary Sir Iain Armstrong heads home to the Scottish side of the Borders to insure his family at Blackthorn and that of his neighbor at Fleet Tower remain safe following the devastating loss to the English at Flodden Field that cost the lives of his father and his future father-in-law. He stops at Fleet Tower to move the McCall family to his holding for their safety and informs his fiance Lady Marion that she will be sent to the Covent of Newabbey on the Isle of Skye. She asks him to marry her now, but he cannot because she is only six years old.
Twelve years later he sends for Marion so they can marry. She avoids him so he comes to Newabbey to get her. He explains her people need her as her cousin Jack Fitzwilliam is causing trouble by claiming she is dead, he is the heir and stealing from the poor. Iain says two monarchs want them wedded to bring security to the Borders. Marion begins to see her fianc is courageous and caring even towards the downtrodden unlike Jack who she remembers from childhood was a nasty villain.
This amusing Borders historical romance stars a delightful cast of eccentrics who freshen up what is typically a graveyard serious sub-genre with their antics. The fun begins when a despondent exhausted Iain has no time to mourn the death of his father or comrades or even reflect on the battle defeat as Marion sets the tone when she tells him to marry her. At their next meeting she dumps a bowl of flour on her head and her excuses for avoiding him are classic. Throw in her zany family along with a tense normalizing subplot involving Fitzwilliam leading to a jocular sixteenth century tale.
very different book like arsenic and old lace interesting authors mind to create such a story always waiting for the next ball to drop enjoy