When the impulsive and blue-eyed Rob Maxwell chances to meet Mairi in a barley field, they feel instant attraction, despite their families' antagonisms. Knowing he must put his clan first, Rob enacts a plan to force Dunwythie to pay his debt: Rob kidnaps Mairi, making the abduction appear the work of a stranger; then he and his sheriff-brother offer to help Dunwythis rescue his daughter IF, and only if, he will pay them the monies due. Yet after Rob captures Mairi's body, she captures his heart. When Dunwythie summons the aid of the most powerful clan in all Scotland (the Douglases), clan-tensions rise to a fever pitch. Love takes its own feverish course, as Mairi and Rob join forces to prevent a clash between hot-headed clans, and to protect their budding love.
I loved that there were strong women in this book. I didn't like the men demeaning the strong women, though. Guess I have to be more careful about choosing historical novels, though I didn't pick this one up myself (it's a book that my granny gave me for my birthday)
My favourite characters were Herself (Rob's grandmother) and Mairi. They were the strong women I was talking about, but only Mairi was kidnapped, and actually apologized for trying to escape said kidnapper.
But he let her go, so that's a plus. And I liked the book besides that part. It was good, even if I read it a bit slowly, at least I'm all caught up now!
It was a good book, and one that you should read if you can get past the unfairness of the position of women at the time.
Author: Amanda Scott
Series: Galloway Trilogy #2
Read: July 20th-26th, 2011
Reason Why: Sounded really great!
Published: January 1st 2010