Come the Morning

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In the days when Scotland lay under siege - from the Vikings who sailed from the north and the Norman English who came from the south - King David sought to unite his people into one nation. For this, he needed loyal warriors. Waryk de Graham soon proved the greatest of these fighters, and was knighted Lord Lion. But his honored position came with a price: a wife chosen for him by the king - a reluctant Viking bride.

Daughter of a Gaelic noblewoman and a Viking warlord, Mellyora...

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In the days when Scotland lay under siege - from the Vikings who sailed from the north and the Norman English who came from the south - King David sought to unite his people into one nation. For this, he needed loyal warriors. Waryk de Graham soon proved the greatest of these fighters, and was knighted Lord Lion. But his honored position came with a price: a wife chosen for him by the king - a reluctant Viking bride.

Daughter of a Gaelic noblewoman and a Viking warlord, Mellyora MacAdin had an imagination that blazed with dreams of ancient myths and tales of adventure. She had already pledged her heart when she received King David's decree to marry the fierce Lord Lion. As he came to claim her, Mellyora swore to resist this barbarian nobleman - only to find herself a willing partner to his seduction. Now, torn between defiance and devotion, Mellyora must decide where her future truly lies, as she discovers the savagery in her family's blood, and the secrets of her husband's heart.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prolific historical romance author Drake's (The King's Pleasure) hardcover debut is a swashbuckling tale of warring factions in 12th-century Scotland. It chronicles the coming-of-age of a young nobleman whose feats of bravery earn him a royal but troublesome marriage. During a borderland battle, 13-year-old Waryk de Graham uses his father's sword to impale the last standing enemy, a Norman lord, as his father and uncle lie dead. Scottish King David has seen the act, and assumes guardianship of the robust boy. Ten years later it is 1137 A.D., the English monarchy is in chaos and Scotland is wary of attack from the Vikings and Normans. The king summons Lady Mellyora MacAdin of Blue Isle, whose father has recently died, to the Scottish royal seat of Stirling. In a strategic move to keep the Viking island secure for his kingdom, he has arranged for Mellyora to marry Sir Waryk , now his most respected warrior knight. She defiantly objects to the marriage, since she is already in love; while Waryk is equally dismayed, having been poised to wed his beautiful mistress. The narrative follows the war of wills between calmly intelligent, war-scarred Waryk, who accepts the king's command, and wily, irate Mellyora, who is trained in swordsmanship and repeatedly tries to escape to her utopian Blue Isle. Waryk is faster, but his expertise in outwitting the enemy is tested by this Viking sprite. Drake's characters are richly detailed; their romantic interplay is set among the vividly rendered skirmishes and treachery of medieval Scotland. (Feb.)
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Hardcover debut by Drake, who also writes contemporary and historical romances as Heather Graham and Heather Graham Pozzessere. In this first of a series—a chronicle about the Graham family of Scotland's Highlands that begins in the 12th century—Waryk de Graham, knighted as Lord Lion, sides with King David to repel the Norman, English, and Viking invaders. His reward is an arranged marriage with headstrong, wayward, immature Mellyora MacAdin, daughter of a Viking and a Gaelic noblewoman. Both bride and bridegroom are reluctant: he had hoped to marry his longtime mistress; she wants only to be a warrior defending the land of her ancestors. Like the shrewish Kate and lordly Petrucchio, the two battle constantly—knives, oars, and fists are among the preferred weapons—before discovering the futility of resisting the king's decree. The author plays out this contrarious conjunction ("`I'll see you in hell!' she whispered") for all it's worth, on and on and on, until morning comes and love breaks through their mutual belligerence hundreds of pages later. Drake makes no effort to expand the genre, but appends a chronology of Scottish history, an endnote lengthily praising her Scottish-American father, and the first chapter of her sequel, Conquer the Night, about another Graham generation. (Doubleday Book Club alternate selection)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821764718
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 1,246,584
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Shannon Drake is an award-winning author of historical fiction. She makes her hardcover debut with this saga of 12th century Scotland, the first of a projected series based on the author's own family history. She lives with her husband and children in Miami, Florida.
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