A lady’s secret threatens her land—and reunites her with the man she loves—in this historical Scottish romance by the New York Times bestselling author.
Years ago, Lady Annys MacQueen deceived her own people in order to keep her land safe. But now, with Glencullaich on the brink of war, a cruel kinsman threatens to expose the truth. To shield her young son from the sword and her people from devastation, Annys must once again turn to the one man she could never forget...
Sir Harcourt Murray lives for duty and honor. So when a laird saved his life, he agreed to father a child with the man’s wife...Lady Annys. When the lovely widow come to him once again, the passion he still feels for her is as all-consuming and perilous as the need to secure her lands. But convincing her that his love is real will require confronting her most wrenching fears—and putting everything they treasure most at stake.
Howell splendidly depicts 1400s Scotland's craggy rocks, rolling green hills, and complex inhabitants in the 20th historical featuring the sprawling Murray family (after Highland Master). Lady Annys McQueen doesn't need guardian angels when she can call on Highland warrior Sir Harcourt Murray for help. The people of Glencullaich are teetering on the brink of war, and Annys needs Harcourt to protect the lands and her son from Sir Adam McQueen's grasping hands. Harcourt has a high price for his help: he wants Annys back in his arms and bed. Surrounded by chaos and a besieging army, Annys protects her son, works with Harcourt and his friends to defend Glencullaich, and rediscovers love and all-consuming passion. Annys is a well-rounded character, practical when planning what to do next, kind to everyone, and fair when necessary. Harcourt embodies all the best traits of the Murrays, and fans will enjoy the latest piece of the family saga. Most satisfyingly, moral questions about adultery and child-rearing are never treated as black and white.