A princess and a warrior-chief are swept from the glittering courts of Elizabethan England to the storm-tossed cliffs of the Scottish Highlands, in an engrossing tale of peril and desire.
About the Author
While Iris Johansen's style has evolved over the years, the same skill that made her "one of the leading authors of romance fiction" (Barbara Kemp) has helped establish her reputation in a broader field. As Catherine Coulter noted, "Iris Johansen is a bestselling author for the best reason -- she's a wonderful storyteller."
Kathryn Kentyre has been said to be the illegitimate daughter of Mary, Queen of Scots. For 16 years, Queen Elizabeth has kept her tucked away in the Midlands. With Mary's execution imminent, Elizabeth hits on a daft plan: she coerces the imprisoned pirate Robert MacDarren into marrying Kathryn and taking her to Craighdhu, his home in--of all places--Scotland. Kathryn, who has endured a wretched life in the home of a sadistic vicar, philosophically toddles off with Robert. En route to Scotland, the reluctant bridegroom establishes a ``handfast'' marriage, which he can dissolve after one year (thus disposing of his politically dangerous spouse) provided Kathryn does not bear a child. Robert's insistence on sleeping with Kathryn is illogical in light of the terms of the marriage and his wish to separate after a year. As Johansen's ( The Tiger Prince ) plot makes its desultory way through increasing romantic and political entanglements toward an ending that is more incredible than surprising, Kathryn establishes herself at Craighdhu, courageously defending her new home and family from one who would use her as a pawn in a plan to seize power. (Sept.)
Passion and suspense abound in Johansen's most recent robust romance. Raised in bleak seclusion by a ruthlessly zealous vicar and his equally cruel wife, Kathryn Kentyre is abruptly rescued from her brutal existence by a dashingly handsome Scottish laird. Reluctantly compelled by Queen Elizabeth to wed and protect the lovely young waif rumored to be the illegitimate issue of Mary Queen of Scots and the earl of Shrewsbury, Black Robert MacDarren whisks his bride away to his impregnable fortress in the wild Scottish Highlands. Captivated by both Robert and his remote island home, Kate vows to tranform their marriage of convenience into an idyllic union. As Kate and Robert grow ever closer, their newfound happiness is threatened by the evil machinations of a calculating nobleman determined to exploit Kate as an expendable pawn in a deadly game of royal intrigue. Spellbinding romantic fiction from a master of the genre.
Number Of Pages: 385
Published: 1st August 1993
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 10.8 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.2