Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: The Sutherlands of Dornoch Castle
Publication Date: 6/17/21
Period: Medieval Scotland
Number of Pages: 171
Can you imagine showing up to your wedding to a woman you’ve never met – only to find out – oops – you have met her – and you didn’t like her – and she feels the same way about you? That is the way the marriage of Malcolm Sutherland and Lady Christine Ross begins. Things have to look up from there because they are already at the bottom.
Neither Malcolm nor Christine had ever expected to marry for love, but they did want a spouse they could like and respect – but neither thinks they got what they’d wanted. Being pragmatic Scots, though, they were determined to at least make an amicable marriage of it. Goodness though, Malcolm certainly hoped his new wife didn’t hate bed sport.
Christine is constantly chafing at Malcolm’s over protectiveness. She’s headstrong and impulsive and he is constantly trying to get her to think before she acts and not to take off on her own. Christine feels as if he is locking her up and treating her like a child.
While Malcolm is away chasing down reivers, Christine gets word that her father is in danger and she immediately heads out for Ross lands to see what is going on. Yes, her impulsiveness has landed her right in the middle of trouble – again. Will she survive long enough to tell Malcolm she loves him?
This is a short, entertaining read with memorable characters and a villain who gets the appropriate punishment for their crime (YAY). It is well-written, nicely paced, and well-plotted. However, I hate loose ends and it was never made clear (or even hinted at) who wrote the note to Christine to get her to her father’s castle?
I can recommend this book and this series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.