During the month of October in celebration of Brenda’s birthday, A Highland Bride and A Highland Love are on sale for $0.99 at Amazon. The novellas continue the saga of Clan Munro in the Highlands of Scotland.
Romance and revenge brew in the sixteenth century Scottish Highlands. Alistair Munro returns to Scotland after six years of exile in France to find is wife, son, and estate in the hands of another man. Alistair determines to regain his property and child. The beautiful sister of Clan Munro’s chief, a distant cousin to Alistair, attracts his attention and captures his heart; however, Davina must solve conflicting issues before her affections can belong to Alistair. Can the two overcome adverse circumstances to love again?
A Highland Bride, an inspirational Scottish historical romance, is the fourth book in the Highland Treasures series. The series continues in the sixteenth century Scottish Highlands.
Suddenly, a large hand grabbed her shoulder, spinning her around. Alistair’s face loomed close to hers. His eyes pooled with mirth. “Lady Davina. What brings you to the battlements on such a blistery day? You should be inside beside a warm fire, working on your embroidery.”
Words would not come from her restricted throat. She could only gaze into his handsome face with the corner of his mouth turning up in a smile. He moved closer, wrapping his powerful arms around her in a crushing embrace, then covering her lips with his. The gentle touch became more demanding until Davina’s knees buckled with the intensity. She could not help but wrap her arms around his neck and return the caress with the same passion.
His embrace, the first with a man since her husband’s death the previous year, felt so very comforting. She could only clutch his broad neck even tighter.
Ali pulled her arms away and held them in his firm grasp. “Forgive me. I should no’ have taken the liberty.” He stepped back.
Davina stood, searching his stoic face. “I dinna understand. Why did you kiss me then?”
She watched his lips turn up and wanted to cry. He used her, played her for an infatuated fool. Before she could form a rational thought, her hand rose to his cheek with a loud slap. He promptly caught the wayward limb. She tried to wrestle it free, but he held firmly, all the while staring into her eyes, then at her lips.
Davina turned her head. “Let me go or I’ll scream.”
Upon hearing her cry, a guard rounded the corner of the tower wall. Ali released her hand. She hastily climbed down the ladder, almost slipping on the wet rungs.
“Is all well, sir?” She heard the guard ask Ali.
“Aye. All’s well. Return to your post,” the knight replied.
Alistair must choose between giving up his son to ransom Davina or trying to rescue his wife from her kidnappers and keep his son. Does he love Blane enough to fight for him? He loves Davina too much to let her go.
Roy Patillo, Castle Fàrdach’s accountant, and his wife, Ina, participate in Alistair’s and Davina’s wedding. Roy invites the couple to his home for a feast and to spend their wedding night in his guest chamber. The meal is interrupted by a messenger from Fàrdach Castle with the news Lady Maidie Munro is in labor with her bairn and requests the couple’s return to the castle. Maidie is the widow of recently deceased Clan Munro chief, Andrew Dubh Munro.
After the child’s birth, Alistair is called away to pursue reivers of the clan’s cattle. He is gone for several days. Davina stays in prayer for her husband’s safe return. She keeps busy with Maidie’s children and assists in tending the new bairn. On Alistair’s return, the couple spend their wedding night together in the chief’s chamber at Fàrdach Castle.
Bridget, Alistair’s first wife, will not let him call on their son, or allow Blane to visit Alistair at Fàrdach Castle. The chief decides to kidnap his son. Struan Sutherland, Bridget’s husband, has Davina taken in return and held hostage. Struan plans to exchange Davina for Blane. While the child, Alistair’s heir, is under the Sutherland’s control, he has guardianship over the chief’s vast land holdings and Castle of Contullich.
Kidnappers take Davina to a steading first, then a cave high on the braeside of Ben Wyvis. They attempt to go over the mountain into Sutherland territory, but the winter snows slow them down. Davina almost loses her life during the journey.
Alistair pursues the outlaws, but will he rescue his beloved Davina in time?
Davina felt safe with her husband riding close by. He stayed at her side until the road conditions demanded they ride single file, then he moved in front. Roy placed Ina in back of Davina, then he and a his guard, Jock, brought up the rear. The men kept a lookout for any unusual sound or movement. The sure-footed garrons picked their way through the mud. Alistair’s steud attempted to dance around the puddles, but had no trouble wading through them with his powerful flanks rippling in the effort. Brody’s training and strength would be needed if a fight ensued on the road.
As Davina watched Alistair’s broad back and powerful legs guiding his great steud, a surge of love coursed from her heart to the tip of her toes. Goose bumps rose on her arms. She pondered the change of her heart in the last few mios since returning from London. She still missed her friends and social life in the great city, but with this handsome knight at her side, she would become accustomed to the quiet solitude of the Scottish Highlands. Looking around, she took in the snow covered bens and braes, the great wooded glens now glistening white in feasgar sunlight, and realized her homeland was indeed beautiful. Peace invaded her soul. She laid to rest the great raging battle of her heart between returning to London and staying in the Highlands. The lovely Highlands with Alistair won.