Author: Bertrice Small
Series: The Border Chronicles #4
Published: October 6th 2009 by NAL Trade
Page Count: 432
Genre: Historical Romance
Shelf: Books I bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lady Cicely Bowen, daughter of the Earl of Leighton, is sent away by her father when her jealous stepmother threatens her safety. Soon the exiled Cicely becomes best friends with Lady Joan Beaufort, the king?s cousin?and when Joan is married to King James I of Scotland she chooses Cicely as one of the ladies accompany her north?
At the Scot?s court Cicely finds herself pursued by two men?elegant Andrew Gordon, the laird of Fairlee, and Ian Douglas, the laird of Glengorm, a rough-spoken border lord. When Ian kidnaps Cicely just as Andrew is about to propose, the royal court is sent into an uproar. The queen is demanding the return of her friend and the Gordons are threatening to set the border on fire. But the border lord is difficult to tame?and the lady?s heart is even harder to claim.
The characters in this tale are such an intriguing contrast to one another that you can’t help but love them. Each is individually developed in a manner that suits both the historical time period in which they find themselves and their lot in life. A few of the characters stand out as paradoxes, yet are such real people that it heightens the story itself. I love how some of the characters are larger than life. It’s quite apparent that their station in life stokes their egos. Overall, Small shows a deep understanding of the human condition through her brilliant character development.
By the end of this tale the main character definitely has gone through the mill when it comes to love. That said, she has also found the thing we all want in life. The love she has at the end is the kind of love that every girl dreams of. It’s hard fought, hard to come by, hard to accept, yet impossible to live without once you have it. This is a tale of love and loss, and of loving again. Small embodies the time period while keeping you entertained and wanting more.