I liked this tale a lot and I wish I could give it a higher rating because it has some interesting characters and a nice storyline going for it, however, it has a problem that stops it from going to higher levels. This tale’s writing flow spits and sputters like a car that has major engine problems.
When you first start reading Moonlight Raider, the writing flows along for a few pages, then it suddenly comes to a complete stop for the reader because the author uses a words you don’t know such as: “Prithee,” “Sithee,” “cleutch” “mendicant,” “tirrivee,” and other words that had me looking for a dictionary so I could look the words up. I was then not able to find any of them in a regular dictionary. I then tried to find the words in the college dictionary I have on hand and still could not find any of them in that one! Yes, there is an “Author’s Note” at the beginning of this tale that discusses some of the terms used in this book; however, it does not cover the ones I mention above.
I then decided to skip the words to see if I could figure out the meaning of them by other words surrounding them, but that was no help either. So I ended up just skipping entire paragraphs and continuing reading for a bit. That is until I would put the book down, close it, and walk away from it to get rid of the frustration that was caused by being unable to understand parts of the storyline. I would wait a few days, picked the tale back up to finish reading it. At the last page I said to myself…“Finally”!
Walter, aka “Wat” to everyone, Scott is put in a very difficult position between a man, the man’s daughter, the kirk (another word for the word “church” in Scotland). He found the man’s daughter (Molly) in the forest he guards for the King of Scotland wearing only a torn shift (kind of like a cotton nightgown they used to wear under proper clothing) and bearing a big bruise on her face. Can Wat figure out what happened to the woman without going to war with anyone?
A MAN OF HIS WORD
Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms.
A RUNAWAY BRIDE
Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.