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MacLean ensnares readers with her powerful writing and emotional love stories, once again crafting a book to cherish. Her richly portrayed characters and intriguing, fast-paced plot combine in a read that will leave you speechless with delight. This new novel reinforces her reputation as a premier writer of Scots-set romance.
Gwendolyn MacEwan’s brother has been in the Far East for over a year, leaving her at Kinbeh Castle, the land given to her family by King George in gratitude for their support during the Jacobite rebellion. Angus “the Lion” MacDonald grew up in the castle until it was lost in a battle to the MacEwans. He was banished from his clan and has returned to reclaim his home. Gwen’s position, beauty and independent attitude prompt him to request their marriage to unite the clans. As time progresses he finds her passionate but infuriating as she demands equality of treatment for her clansmen and his guarantee of no reprisals if the MacEwans choose to leave the united clan. His happiness is shattered when he suspects Gwen has betrayed him. The tumultuous climax brings all the answers Angus seeks as well as the peace he savors. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 336 pp., $7.99)