Love Wild and Fair

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A Love For All Time

She is Catriona, Countess of Glenkirk, the dazzling green-eyed beauty whose silken sensuality fires the passion of men's very souls — making her a pawn in a dangerous game of royal intrigue. wife to a count, unwilling mistress to the king, she has the undying live of the most courageous lord in all of scotland. . .

He is Francis, Earl of Bothwell, who defies his king to possess the woman he loves. Theirs is a romance in the grand tradition of bestselling ...

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Overview

A Love For All Time

She is Catriona, Countess of Glenkirk, the dazzling green-eyed beauty whose silken sensuality fires the passion of men's very souls — making her a pawn in a dangerous game of royal intrigue. wife to a count, unwilling mistress to the king, she has the undying live of the most courageous lord in all of scotland. . .

He is Francis, Earl of Bothwell, who defies his king to possess the woman he loves. Theirs is a romance in the grand tradition of bestselling author Beatrice Small — and epic tale of love and betrayal that sweeps from the snowy Scottish highlands through the glittering palaces of Europe and exotic pleasures domes of Constantinople to find its magnificent conclusion inthe exquisite fulfillment of love's most passionate desires.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380400300
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1978
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 823,433
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Beatrice Small lives with her husband, George;
Deuteromony, the long-haired Maine Coon Cat;
Checquers, the fat black and white cat with the pink
ears; Nicky the Cockatiel; and Gilberto, the cranky
Half-Moon Conure, in the English speaking
community in New York State. The family heir, Tom,
is now a college man. Beatrice Small is the author of
The Kadin, Love Wild and Fair, Adora,
Skye O'Malley, Unconquered, Beloved,
All The Sweet Tomorrows,
This Heart Of Mine, Enchantress Mine,
Blaze Wyndham, Lost Love Found,
The Spitfire, and A Love For All Time.
She loves hearing from her readers.

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Chapter One

"I WISH," said Ellen More-Leslie severely, "that ye would not wear breeches when ye ride, Mistress Catriona. It is ever so unladylike."

"But ever so practical," said the beautiful young girl. "Dinna scold me, Ellie, or I'll send ye home to marry that nice farmer yer mother's had such hopes of!"

"God's toenail, ye wouldn't!"

"Nay. Not really," giggled Ellen's mistress. "Unless, of course, ye want to, Ellie. He is a fine, upstanding man. Why won't ye?"

"There's only one thing 'upstanding' I want from a man, and the farmer's nae got it! Come now, off wi yer riding clothes. Whew! Ye smell like the stables! Ye know the earl is coming to dinner this night to help celebrate yer birthday. I canna. believe ye are fifteen. I can remember that stormy December night ye were born."

Catriona stripped off her clothes. She had heard this story many, many times before.

"The snow swirled about Greyhaven, and oh, how the winds howled and roared," continued Ellen. "The old countess, yer great-grandmam, insisted on being wi yer mother. I had just had my seventeenth birthday. I was the youngest of my family, and been spoilt something fierce, but as I showed no signs of wedding and settling down, my old granny spoke to her mistress, yer great-grandmam, and they decided I should look after the new baby. Old Lady Leslie took one look at ye, and said, 'This one's for my laddie Glenkirk.' Sure enough ye were barely out of nappies, when she was arranging yer betrothal. If only she could have lived to see ye grown and wed, but she died the following spring, and me old granny followed her but a few weeks later."

While Ellen talked sheworked,setting up a bath for her young mistress in a great oak tab placed before the fire. Pouring scented oil into the steaming water, she called out, "Come now, my lady. 'Tis ready."

The girl sat dreaming while her shoulders and back were scrubbed. Then she took the soap from Ellen and finished up the job while Ellen fetched a small jar of shampoo from the cupboard. She poured a thin stream of golden liquid into Catriona's hair, added water, and, building up a sweet-smelling lather, washed and rinsed the girl's hair twice.

Seated by the fire, swaddled in a large towel, Catriona let Ellen dry her hair. The excess water removed, the firing woman brushed and brushed the thick, heavy hair until it gleamed. Pinning up the dark-golden mass, she motioned her young mistress to stretch out and then massaged her with the pale-green cream her mother, Ruth, made up. The girl stood up, and Ellen handed her her silken undergarments. She was standing in her petticoat and blouse when her mother entered.

At thirty-six, Heather Leslie Hay was at the height of her beauty. She was radiant in a dark-blue velvet gown trimmed in gold lace, and a marvelous rope of pearls that Catriona, knew had belonged to her greatgrandmother. Her-lovely dark hair was mostly hidden beneath a blue-and-gold cap.

"Your father and I wish to speak wi ye before our guests arrive. Please come directly to our apartments when you are dressed."

"Yes, mama," said Catriona demurely as the door closed behind her mother.

Automatically she let Ellen dress her, all the while wondering what her parents wanted. She was their only daughter, having an older brother, Jemmie, eighteen, and three younger brothers. Colin was twelve, and the twins, Charlie and Hughy, were ten. Her parents had always been so involved with each other that the raising of their children had been left mostly to nursemaids and tutors. She had had to plan her own life from practically the very beginning.

It would have been different had her great-grandmother lived. She knew that. Tutors had been hired for Jemmie, but no one thought to teach Catriona how to read and write until she forced herself into Jemmie's lessons. When the startled tutor told her parents that their daughter learned faster than their heir, she was allowed to stay. Consequently she had been educated as a boy was, but only until Jemmie went away to school. After that it had been up to her.

She had insisted that her parents hire a tutor who was fluent in French so she might command that language. And she saw to it that the young man employed by her family also spoke Italian, Spanish, and German. Considering how thoroughly educated both her parents had been, there was no excuse for their neglect.

Twenty years after their marriage, Heather and James Hay were more in love than ever. The neglect of their offspring was innocent, a matter of thoughtlessness. The children were well fed, well clothed, and well housed. It did not occur to the young Master of Greyhaven or his wife that their children needed more than these essentials. The boys had felt secure in the warm love of their nurses, but their daughter had needed more. Ellen More-Leslie knew it, and did her best. But Cat Hay grew up spoiled and willful, with nobody to check her.

Standing in front of her pier glass, the girl studied herself. Tonight she would meet her betrothed for the first time in several years. He was twenty-four, and had been to the University in Aberdeen. He had also been to Paris, traveled extensively in Europe, and spent time at Queen Bess' court in England. He was handsome, assured, and well-spoken, she knew. He was also about to sustain what she hoped was a severe shock to his ego. She smoothed the forest-green velvet of her gown, and, smiling, went off to see her parents. To her surprise her oldest brother was there too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Thrilling I've read most of Bertrice Small's historical novels.

    Thrilling

    I've read most of Bertrice Small's historical novels. Her work is so erotic and emotionally vivid. This was one of the best. Cat has many adventures. Her time in court leaves the king obsessed with her, his unwilling mistress. Her attempt at taking revenge on the king only made her irresistable,

    From there her adventures lead to another king, and then a harem. Cat will keep a fan's interest from begining to end. Her passion is vast, her will is strong, and her arrogance gets her in vast trouble.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Spellbinding, Heart-wrenching, A Must Read!

    Bertrice "Sunny" Small outdoes herself once again with another romantic, exotic and erotic novel. You will fall in love with Francis Hepburn, our Lord Bothwell and his undying love for Catriona, Countess of Glenkirk. But, as usual in Ms Small's novels, happiness does not come easy for our protagonists. First the King of Scotland wants Catriona as his mistress. Then there is the small fact that Catriona is still married (they thought her husband was dead!) To add the excitement, Lord Bothwell is running for his life (you'll have to read the book to find out why). Oh, and to add more spice to the broth, we have a jealous ex-lover of Lord Bothwell's who sells Catriona into a harem! Will she be able to escape from the Ottoman Empire to get back to Scotland to be with her true love? For a book filled with intrigue, murder, betrayal, love, lust, redemption the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, READ 'LOVE, WILD and FAIR".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    best emotional read

    I have never read a book more emotionally charged as this one. It made me laugh and cry and cry some more.It was so sad when cat and bothwell had to be seperated and did not know if they would ever see each other again. Boy did I cry then! I even truly felt sorry for Patrick (cats husband). What he did to cat was very,very wrong, but he was so very devastated and remorsefull and so in love with cat that I cried with him at one point.Heck I cried with them all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    THE ORIGINAL SCOTTISH HELLION

    Janet Leslie is a know-it-all spoiled brat in this the first of a three book series. Raised by her doting father and a loving nursemaid, Janet was used to getting her way in all things except her engagement. Proclaiming herself to be in love with the heir to San Lorenzo, she begs her father to let her marry him. He does and all hell breaks loose. Kidnapped, she is wisked away to a land far from her friends and family with no hope of ever seeing them again. This book is stylish, well-written, historical and most of all intriguing. Betrice Small has found a jewel in this character and the same jewel was passed down to her graddaughter--Catronia Hay Leslie (the firebrand in the second book)and niece, Fiona Hay (the Hellion in the third). This is a historical phenomenon and whether it's the first of the Bertrice Small books or the tenth you read, this is a must to have in your romantic library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    smoldering

    One of my all time favorite historical love stories. Aa real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    So many grammatical errors in this nook book!!!  It's really dis

    So many grammatical errors in this nook book!!!  It's really distracting and ridiculous!!  I really love Bertrice Small's books and the publishers have wrecked her novel!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    love it

    one of my favorites from Bertrice Small

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    As Always

    Again another good read from Bertrice Small! I started reading her books in the 1990's with the Skye O'Malley series & have not been disappointed yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    LizSI

    If you like the author Bertrice Small this is one not to miss.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    I love Mrs. Small

    This book was so much fun! Please read the "kadin" first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    Wonderfully Enchanting

    This book was very exciting. A page turner. It took me 2 days to read it. What i love about Bertrice Small's books is that the time and setting always change. There is always something new and romantic going on. This book is a great example of her extreme tallent for writing. I congradulate her on another wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    I have loved this book for years!!

    I read this book for the first time in 1985 and have read it atleast six times since, because of Cat's strenghth she portrays in this book she has helped me get through some of the very toughest times in my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    Moving...

    When Bothwell and Cat had to leave the Gordons and it was the last time they were going to see each other (or so they thought) I cried. Ms. Small is a spectacular author and she quickly became my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2003

    I'VE READ THEM ALL AT LEAST TWICE

    BERTRICE HAS NEVER WRITTEN A BAD BOOK I HAVE LOVED THEM ALL SHE HAS HELPED ME TO DEVELOPE A LOVE OF HISTORY I NEVER HAD BEFORE HER BOOKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    It's not one of those books you'll read more than once.

    I purchased this book because I had previously read Skye O'Malley. I was hoping that all of Bertrice Small's books would be as good, but was disappointed at Love, Wild and Free. It was good, I did finish it, but it was not nearly as good as I had hoped it would be.

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