A fugitive woman finds refuge in the arms of a Highland warrior in this historical Scottish romance by the New York Times–bestselling author.
Scotland, 1479. When her dagger is found buried in the body of one of the king's men, there is little room for doubt—the perpetrator must pay with her life. But Ilsabeth Murray Armstrong is no killer, and only one person can help clear her name: Sir Simon Innes, a man so steely and cool that no danger can rattle him . . . and no woman in distress can sway his heart.
Until now. Simon has spent his life searching for truth in a world fraught with deception. But the hauntingly beautiful fugitive seeking his aid affects him so deeply, he wonders if he can trust the flawless judgment he has always relied on. For all signs point to Ilsabeth's guilt, except one—the unparalleled desire he feels at her slightest touch.
Howell continues the Murray saga (Highland Destiny, etc.) with a 15th-century tale of conspiracy and treason. Ilsabeth Murray Armstrong overhears her fianc plotting to betray her. When the king's agent is murdered and the Armstrongs blamed, Ilsabeth flees to Simon Innes, a reputable investigator and close family friend. The king wants Simon to find the Armstrongs. The Murrays want him to identify the real murderer. Ilsabeth just wants him to unravel the tangled plots and prove her innocence and to love her, of course, since she fell in love with him almost on sight. Simon distrusts all women, especially pretty ones, but with two winsome orphans, a crotchety butler, a bossy housekeeper, and a meddling Murray cousin all lending a hand, Simon doesn't have the chance to guard his heart. Readers will delight in the abundance of lively (if brogue-heavy) banter and teasing.
Although Simon is not a Murray, this is one outstanding book and connects so much
A very well written book
This is a MUST READ ! I have read near 15 books of this Highland series and this is my absolute favorite! The characters are so very vulnerable. It allows the reader to feel close to the hearts of so many at one time. I will NEVER FORGET this book, these characters are my friends. Nearly family. The Murray family books are the best historical journey I could recommend. Take a few months and READ THEM ALL!