Moira Maclean is summoned by Mother Abbess in the dead of night. Frightened and worried and with no time to dress, she rushes in her night dress and bare feet to discover disturbing news. Her father and brothers have been killed by a rival clan and it is her father's dying wish that she wed the Highlander warrior he sent to keep her safe.
The stranger appears to have come directly from the battlefield and Moira has little choice but to obey her father's dying wish. A hasty ceremony and equally hasty consummation, and it's over, though Moira soon finds that… it has only just begun.
Her father arrives and she learns that the warrior she wed, Ian of the clan Cameron, is her father's mortal enemy. A bargain is struck between the two men and she is once again left at the convent to live out her days.
But danger lurks in the shadows and Moira carries a secret she's been warned not to share and with her life in peril Ian returns to take his wife home. It doesn't take long for Ian to realize that Moira has the power to heal his broken heart and that he has the power to wake her dormant passion and love has the power to bring the unlikely pair together.
The clan battles of 16th-century Scotland form the backdrop for this slow-moving romance from Fletcher (Irish Hope, etc.), which starts with a bang but unfolds with formulaic leisure. Moira Maclean, daughter of a clan leader, has grown up in a convent, virtually forgotten by her father until, at 29, she's considered too old for childbearing. Suddenly a battle-weary warrior named Ian Cameron appears with his men, shattering the nighttime peace of the convent. He brings a token from her father, who he claims insisted on his deathbed that Moira marry Ian to prevent a war. Alarmed but obedient, she goes through with the hurried ceremony and its consummation, then is shocked when more men arrive her father, very much alive, and her brothers. Furious that she has wed their enemy, they leave in disgust. Ian departs as well, but returns a few months later to claim his wife. While on their journey to join his clan, she finds that their marriage really did prevent a war but, for reasons unknown, someone is now threatening her life. With its feisty heroine, sensitive hero and numerous sex scenes, this book should satisfy Fletcher's fans, but others may be disturbed by her hero and heroine's anachronistic behavior (Ian's assurances to Moira that he'll always "be there" for her and her relentlessly defiant attitude toward him).
Not worth the read
Don’t even know where to start. This book was nearly 1,000 pages long-it could have cut by 500. Just a strange, bland, inexperienced and immature writer. It’s obvious the author didn’t do any research or homework due to so much modern words: crazy, annoying, etc etc. There was so much filler in this book and the back and forth was constant. Al the book was dedicated to the characters thinking thinking and over thinking, then talking talking and over talking the same subject. Then the ending: totally unsatisfying and weird and abrupt.