Image of His Border Bride


Image of His Border Bride

Gifford strives for realism and accuracy in her Scots-set tale. Using analogies between falconry and courtship adds a sensitive touch to this traditional battle-of-wills love story, one readers will find a fast and pleasant read.

As the bastard nephew of King Edward II, Gavin Fitzjohn has done his uncle's dirty work -- until he refuses to torch a church. He breaks with Edward and heads to Scotland. He finds sanctuary in a small keep held by Mistress Clare.

Clare gives little thought to the wandering soldier, caring more for her falcons than men. But as Gavin encroaches on her falcons' mews she realizes he is dangerous. He woos her as she woos her birds. Though she resists, she is drawn to him and when he wins her hand in a tourney she is torn between happiness and suspicion. The passion they share is deep and exquisite, but when Gavin's past comes crashing down on them Clare must decide if she wants to be a falcon and fight for his life or let him go to imprisonment in England. (HARLEQUIN, May, 290 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin