The Border Lord's Bride

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The Border Lord's Bride

The Border Chronicles, Book 2

Blurb From the Publisher: "Book 2 in The Border Chronicles tells the story of Duncan Armstrong, the laird of Duffdour, a man who says he'll only marry for love. And Ellen MacArthur, a highland heiress, who flees to King James IV for protection when her grandfather is murdered by greedy relatives. When Duncan needs a favor of the king he finds himself repaying his debt by taking a wife he neither wants nor desires. Yet love can come when you are least expecting it, and when danger threatens the border lord's bride Duncan realizes that the only woman for him is the one he now stands in danger of losing."

The characters are strong and well developed. The plot was interesting and intriguing and kept my attention. I have two small issues with Ms. Small's work. One is her tendency to be overly detailed, where excessive details aren't needed. I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "get to the point already" when reading the "feast" scenes. I enjoy a book with details. I don't enjoy every dish at every feast being described. A summation would have been just as informative as the detailed description Ms. Small gave. The other, is her tendency to use the same phrases over and over again. While I'm aware that this book is set in a time period where formality in addressing each other was VERY common and important, I doubt they would have consistently addressed each other as "husband" and "wife" in private.

Having said that, I still found Ellen and Duncan's story one that touched me and had me rooting for them to have their happily ever after. They overcame the obstacles put in front of them, realized how precious love really is, and found that pride really does go before the fall. You won't be disappointed in this tale of love and a good look at the history of Scotland.


Book Blurb for The Border Lord's Bride

Book 2 in The Border Chronicles tells the story of Duncan Armstrong, the laird of Duffdour, a man who says he'll only marry for love. And Ellen MacArthur, a highland heiress, who flees to King James IV for protection when her grandfather is murdered by greedy relatives. When Duncan needs a favor of the king he finds himself repaying his debt by taking a wife he neither wants nor desires. Yet love can come when you are least expecting it, and when danger threatens the border lord's bride Duncan realizes that the only woman for him is the one he now stands in danger of losing.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 3.25