Set in treacherous sixteenth-century Scotland, the first volume of Amanda Scott’s Border Trilogy tells the unforgettable story of a woman sworn to defy the knight she is forced to wed - only to discover a love she’ll do anything to claim.
As Mary, Queen of Scots, languishes in the Tower of London as a prisoner of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, war tears Scotland apart. To save her beloved homeland, a proud Highland beauty named Mary Kate MacPherson must wage her own battle when she’s forced into wedlock with a knight, Sir Adam Douglas, from the barbaric borderland of Tornary.
Even as she succumbs to her seductive husband’s sensual demands, Mary Kate vows never to give him her heart. She will belong to no man. But Adam burns with something deeper than desire. Sworn to carry out a long-awaited revenge, he won’t rest until he has vanquished his enemies. Accused of treason, the last thing he expects is to lose his heart to the woman he’s determined to tame but never to love: His own wife.
©1990 Lynne Scott-Drennan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
There is no hero or heroine here. He is a physical and emotional abuser, she claims to be a proud highlander that will cow to no man and then time after time proceeds to let fear determine her actions, and do what she thinks will please him in an effort to avoid his wrath, and take responsibility for his anger saying she deserves what ever punishment he deems fit to dole out, just like any battered woman would. I wanted to shake her and smack him. This was nothing but a typical abuse story, there were no fierce, proud, brave or loving highlanders in this story.
I'm not sure how the physical and mental abuse in this book can be classified as romance. It definitely isn't to me. Both characters are unlikable. She is a complete idiot and he is an abusive jerk. A prime example is when he slaps and berates her, then apologizes for saying he shouldn't have married her, and she immediately runs into his arms. I seriously think this is a little sick.
The only reason the "story" didn't get 1 star is because, for some reason, I couldn't stop listening. Morbid curiosity, maybe?
The narration, however, was exceptional!!
I love that the Author can truly paint a picture with words, and that the Narrator Sally Armstrong did an amazing job with the accent making the story more authentic.
The story keeps moving through Scotland with the Author describing everything so vividly.
I 'saw' the Castles, the clothing, the colours and clearly pictured the characters.
I just couldn't stop listening to this book
WHY are there no more of the MANY Highland themed books by this Author available? More Amanda Scott PLEASE.
I would only recommend this book to friends I know have a weakness for this kind of historical romance.
I liked the description of the settings, and the era. Unfortunately the main female character was extremely annoying since she did not learn from her mistakes. I would not have minded had I read it when I was 17, but at age 40 I don't find stupid girls as entertaining anymore.
This was my first listening to Sally Armstrong. Her beautiful Scottish accent was the main reason I bothered to finish listening to the book. I have learned a lot languagewise by listening to it. (English is not my first language).
It would depend on the casting...
The book is actually really good and well written for its genre, but in my opinion it suffers a lot from all the conflicts that are caused by the characters' lack of communication and intelligence.
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