This is jammed packed with drama and told in a compelling way. It also tackles historical injustices such as slavery and the cruel highland clearances. Tying it all together is a sweet romance.
Impoverished widow Millicent is offered the financial security she needs for her beloved community of freed slaves. In return she must wed the crippled incoherent Earl of Aytoun. Thrilled that he will not be able to beat her like hubby no.1, she accepts. And, being saintly, she puts up with several chapters of him swearing, throwing stuff and demanding his opium fix. Yet even though he can only move one arm the Earl manages to hit on her ...but can either of them move past their tragic first marriages?
This is just deep enough not to be trashy, but it’s still good escapist fun. I like the ex-slave community and the way they are mostly not stereotypes (though the old healer is borderline). I like that there is a gripping subplot from a maid’s perspective. The bossy mother in law is fun, too. But there are times when the tension is strung so tightly, the story seems to drag. And muttering ‘get on with it!’ at your kindle does not help, sadly. Still this is very good entertainment and worth reading.
- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (12 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1512157406
- ISBN-13: 978-1512157406
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 435 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews