I really enjoyed Andrea Matthews’ book that I reviewed earlier this year – The Cross of Ciaran. So when I was contacted by Love Books Tours about a new book from her, I knew I had to review it. I was not disappointed!
Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and border raids. In fact, she could have easily fallen for the man portrayed in one particular image in his portrait collection. Yet when her father reveals he was himself an infamous Border reiver, she finds it a bit far-fetched—to say the least—especially when he announces his plans to return to his sixteenth century Scottish home with her in tow.
Suspecting it’s just his way of getting her to accompany him on yet another archaeological dig, Maggie agrees to the expedition, only to find herself transported four hundred and fifty years into the past. Though a bit disoriented at first, she discovers her father’s world to be every bit as exciting as his stories, particularly when she’s introduced to Ian Rutherford, the charming son of a neighboring laird. However, when her uncle announces her betrothal to Ian, Maggie’s twentieth-century sensibilities are outraged. She hardly even knows the man. But a refusal of his affections could ignite a blood feud.
Maggie’s worlds are colliding. Though she’s found the family she always wanted, the sixteenth century is a dangerous place. Betrayal, treachery, and a tragic murder have her questioning whether she should remain or try to make her way back to her own time.
To make matters worse, tensions escalate when she stumbles across Bonnie Will Foster, the dashing young man in her father’s portrait collection, only to learn he is a dreaded Englishman. But could he be the hero she’s always dreamed him to be? Or will his need for revenge against Ian shatter more than her heart?
Andrea Matthews does it again. What a wonderful romp through time in this historical drama/romance.
I was thrust back through time to the 16th century and the border between Scotland and England. Raids were common and feuds were fought over the slightest thing. However, there was laughter and love and families getting together and making merry.
I loved all the characters in this book – except one. You’ll know who I mean. They were all well-written and the research Andrea must do is off the scale! It’s so realistic!
Maggie, Dylan, Robert and Edward make for a wonderful team and their splitting up was heartbreaking when it happened. I wanted them to stick together!
It did give me some Frozen vibes – again no spoilers but for those who read it, you’ll see why I say that.
A thoroughly engaging read, I couldn’t put it down and now that I’ve finished, I’m so sad!
Thanks to Andrea Matthews and Love Books Tours for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.