Sunday, May 11, 2014
New Review: Bertrice Small’s A DANGEROUS LOVE- Wonderful and Unique Scottish Historical Romance
One has to love the "historical" part of these historical romances as Small gives you a lot of what was going on at the time, including not only the politics but also even the food they ate. And the heroine might not be with just one man, which historically was often accurate. It all contributes to a rich background.
This first in the Border Chronicles series tells of strong-willed Adair Radcliffe, the Countess of Stanton, the bastard daughter of King Edward IV. When she is six, the Lancasters kill her mother and adoptive father during the War of the Roses. Adair is taken into King Edward's household to be educated and raised in the royal nursery. At 16, she flees to her family's estate to avoid the king's plans to wed her to a Lancastrian. While she's on the run, the king marries her by proxy to a 14-year-old Tudor boy. When he shows up at her estate, Adair refuses to accept him but he doesn’t live long. Her second marriage is to handsome neighbor Andrew Lynbridge who served Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But Andrew is killed along with the duke in a coup.
The new Tudor king brands Adair a traitor for her husband's loyalty to King Richard and strips her of her title and property. Adair returns to her beloved home only to be taken into captivity by Scottish raiders and sold to the border laird, Conal Bruce. See what I mean about the hero changing in the story? But trust me, it works. It's a well-told tale with a wonderfully strong heroine. I highly recommend it.
Here is the Border Chronicles series in order:
A DANGEROUS LOVE
THE BORDER LORD'S BRIDE
THE CAPTIVE HEART
THE BORDER LORD AND THE LADY
THE BORDER VIXEN
BOND OF PASSION