Mallory imbues history with a life of its own, creating a deeply moving story. Her characters are vibrantly alive and full of emotional depth, each with their own realistic flaws. Her sensuous and highly passionate tale grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.
Ian MacDonald rescues his young friend Sileas from a forced marriage to Angus MacKinnon, and his family forces them to marry so that Sileas’ inheritance, a castle, will not get into the McKinnons’ hands. While he’s always been her protector, Ian is too young to be a husband to the 13-year-old.
Sileas has worshiped and loved Ian, but after the ceremony Ian and his friend Alex leave to fight in the border wars. He returns five years later and is overwhelmed by Sileas’ maturity, beauty and love for him. He assumes his responsibility, vowing to win her respect and create a real marriage. Here is his chance to rekindle their youthful love into an enduring passion. (FOREVER, May, 400 pp., $7.99)