Monday, July 28, 2014

New Review: Aleen Malcolm’s RIDE OUT THE STORM – Intricately Woven Tale From the Highlands of Scotland to the New World!

This is the continuation of the love story of Sir Alex Sinclair and Cameron, the wild Scottish lass he was forced to marry in book 1, THE TAMING. While the author catches you up, and you can read this as a stand alone, I do recommend you begin with book 1. It was a very worthy post Culloden story of a proud Scot and his young Scottish bride.

Set in 1762, RIDE OUT THE STORM begins as Alex and Cameron, now wed, are traveling back to his ancestral hall, Glen Aucht. 15-year-old Cameron is feeling unprepared to assume the role as his lady. Worse, when they arrive, the English redcoats have taken over and Alex has been recalled to service. The surly English colonel in charge has taken over the estate perpetuating all sorts of crimes on the people and the servants--a very worthy cast of secondary characters--who have resorted to stealth to protect the young women.

Cameron’s origins hide a secret. She knows she has a twin brother she has not seen since she was eight, and she wants to find him. She believes he is on the isle of Rona, but learns he has left Scotland for the New World. Alex and his errant bride are separated as she defies him and they are swept from the Highlands they love to the wilderness of the New World near Ft. Detroit, the St. Lawrence River and Nova Scotia. Alex will serve as a British scout, hoping to regain his lands in Scotland, and Cameron is on the run searching for her brother.

The plot is intricate, the characters well developed and the story intriguing with some exciting, if not disturbing, action scenes. The pace is a bit slower that your typical romance, especially in the beginning, but it picks up to move along at a good clip. I loved Cameron’s free spirit and her courage and Alex’s persistence in claiming his bride, though during their separation, he was not faithful.

Malcolm captures the frustration and anger of the Scots and the Indians at the cruel treatment they receive from the English. The story has a very satisfying feel and is obviously based on much research into the history of the period.

I do recommend it!

The Cameron trilogy:

The Taming
Ride Out the Storm
The Daughters of Cameron

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