The MacAlpins have made their own home in the Highlands and won readers’ loyalty in the process. Wolff brings a poignant story to life in Devil’s Own. It explores family, friendship, revenge, obsession and the power of love to heal deep wounds.
Fifteen years after he was kidnapped and sold into slavery Aidan MacAlpin comes home. But nothing is the same; his mother has died, his siblings have their own lives and he lives for the moment he can exact revenge against the man who sold him into hell. His sister’s friend, Elspeth Farquharson, is resigned to being a spinster when Aidan’s family hires her to tutor him. He appears to be a hero straight out of a novel, but his anger and overwhelming hostility are difficult to deal with. Elspeth does her best to understand him and to help him read, then she uncovers his dangerous quest for the man with the black pearl earring and is drawn into helping him locate his enemy. She has no idea that by aiding Aidan she will become an empowered woman — the one woman for him. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Mar., 380 pp., $7.99)