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Monday, April 15, 2013
New Review: Laurie McBain’s MOONSTRUCK MADNESS – Scottish Heroine, masquerading as a Highwayman and a scarred English Duke make for an Absorbing Love Story!
Set in 1746 in Scotland
(prologue) and 1751 in England, this is the story of Sabrina Verrick, the
Scottish noblewoman, who along with her sister and brother survive after their
grandfather, Laird of the MacElden clan is brutally slain by the English at
Culloden Moor. They escape to England where they live in the country at the
rundown estate of their father, an English marquis who abandoned them as
children. There, to feed her family, Sabrina becomes the highwayman “Bonnie
Charlie,” robbing the rich to aid the poor.
One man she robs, Lucien, Duke
of Camareigh, a gambler and a rogue, is no English fop as are most of Sabrina’s
victims. A self-made man, he decides to trap the wily bandit and have his
revenge. Once he captures “Charlie,” the duke realizes
“Charlie” is a beautiful young woman. When she won’t reveal who she is, he
decides to try seduction.
Superbly written, you’ll find
this one hard to put down. I love the logic of McBain’s intricate plot…no
improbable moments here. No contrived black moments. Only great storytelling
and suspenseful action. The dialog is clever and the characters wonderfully
developed. Sabrina is courageous, good hearted and rebellious to the end and Camareigh
is a tough alpha male, just the kind we like to see fall to love’s power.
McBain paints vivid pictures
of Culloden (to start with) and then the English countryside thereafter, putting
you right in the scene. It is so well done. Reading this just reminded me that
a 5-star classic never goes out of style. Written in 1977, it sold a million
copies. I see why. I highly recommend it.
It's the first in the Dominick trilogy:
·Moonstruck Madness (1977) ·Chance The Winds Of Fortune (1980) ·Dark Before The Rising Sun (1982)