Clare brings her devoted fans a new installment of MacKinnon’s Rangers, a series centering on a band of Scotsmen forced to serve the British during the French and Indian War. Readers waiting nearly a decade will be well satisfied with a tale that fits the style, sensuality and historical detail that have made the series memorable — to say nothing of the marvelous characters and realism that are Clare’s trademarks.
After a scandal destroys her reputation, Lady Sarah Woodville is exiled to the colonies to live with her uncle, Lord William Wentworth, commander of the British forces in Albany. When Sarah is abducted by the Shawnee, Lord William reluctantly sends Connor MacKinnon to rescue her. Catching up to the kidnappers, Connor fights the chief to gain the brave Sarah’s freedom but must claim her as his wife. Their journey home is rife with danger and a heightened sense of passion, and other dangers await. Sarah must stand up to her uncle for Connor, who knows he will have to fight to keep this remarkable woman for his own. (BERKLEY, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)