Fans of Cosby will enjoy returning to William Wallace’s war-ravaged, historically detailed Scotland. Familiar characters play a large role, to the delight of longtime readers, but new readers may have difficulty keeping up with characters and the many historical facts.

Emma Astyn has played many a roles as one of England’s finest mercenaries. Portraying an innocent Scottish lass named Christina, Emma is in the care of her enemy, only he does everything but make her hate him. Eventually she must trust that Patrik MacGruder can help her heal from past hurts. Patrick, Dubh Duer, is supposed to be dead. At least that’s what his family believes, which makes it easy for him work in Scotland’s fight for freedom. But by helping Christina, he must face the truth of his past and the doubts he has about this mysterious woman. Patrik’s heart knows what is best for him, as does a clue-leaving paranormal spirit. Now all he has to do is convince his family he’s a changed man before discovering the devastating truth about the woman he loves. (ZEBRA, Oct., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Anne Black