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Border Lordby Haywood Smith
Proud and untamed...
Bastard son of English father and Scots mother, Duncan Maxwell is as untamed as the Scottish borderland he defends. Proud and stubborn, he had a fierce hatred for his father's kin, but with seven motherless children to feed, he can't afford to turn away the half-drowned English woman brought to his doorstep. her fine rings and clothes tell… See more details below
Proud and untamed...
Bastard son of English father and Scots mother, Duncan Maxwell is as untamed as the Scottish borderland he defends. Proud and stubborn, he had a fierce hatred for his father's kin, but with seven motherless children to feed, he can't afford to turn away the half-drowned English woman brought to his doorstep. her fine rings and clothes tell this powerful, fearsome warrior that she will ransom well. He doesn't expect this tart, no-nonsense female to take over his household, open her arms to his children, and duel warring emotions within his own heart.
Daring and determined...
Catherine Armstrong survives a murderous plot and shipwreck only to become hostage to the notorious Black Bastard of the Scottish Western March, a legendary outlaw who makes no secret of his hatred for anything English. She's determined to protect her family from extortion, but her handsome, compelling captor awakens the passion she has so long denied. Despite the whispers that he brings doom to any woman who dares to love him, Duncan Maxwell captures her heart. Yet Duncan is ruled by dangerous torment, and obsessed with the past she has unwittingly brought back into his life. But in this turbulent country where passion rages as wild as the wind over the moors, land and love are meant to be fought for..and won.
- St. Martin's Press
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- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 4.24(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.04(d)
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Catherine Armstrong, an English spinster, is shipwrecked on the shores of Scotland when Duncan Maxwell, son of an absent English father and Scots mother, rescues her. Duncan appears to be a harsh man, despising anything English, and is an outlaw who holds Catherine hostage for the ransom her English father can provide. Though Catherine's life in England was much different from her life in Scotland, she adapts well to being caretaker to Duncan's home and seven motherless children. Sparks fly between Duncan and Catherine as they discover a common bond, their love for the children. Haywood Smith has written an excellent Elizabethan historical that keeps the reader intrigued until the last page is done. The romance between the hero and the heroine is wonderful, not merely a 'love at first sight' but a gradual awareness of one another that develops into a deep and abiding love which must endure some difficult tests. This is a wonderful read especially for those who are looking for something richer than the typical historical.
In 1590 on the English-Scottish Western Marches border, Duncan Maxwell keeps the peace though he hates the English. Half of his heritage comes from an English lord who used his Scottish mother as a bed partner, but deserted her and her newborn. The ultimate survivor, English lady Catherine Armstrong lives in spite of murder attempts and a shipwreck of the merchant vessel she sailed on. The infamous Duncan rescues Catherine. He sees the woman as a ransom prize that will bring needed money to help care for his motherless seven children. Instead of being a docile prisoner, Catherine takes over Duncan¿s household. As they begin to fall in love, he must not only overcome his prejudice towards the English, Duncan must deal with what he believes has to be a curse that has left him burying four previous wives. BORDER LORD is an exciting historical romance that never allows the reader a moment to relax or put the book down. The story line is filled with action and a look at life on the Scottish side of the Borders. The lead protagonists are a charming pair with much to overcome if they are to forge a relationship, as his children seem to want. Haywood Smith showcases her abilities with a powerful sixteenth century tale that will elate her fans and send new readers seeking her previous works (see DANGEROUS GIFTS). Harriet Klausner