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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Masquerade Marriage by Anne Greene



Masquerade Marriage by Anne Greene
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Scottish Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (290 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

A SECRET LIST

To protect his loved ones and escape the dark fate of his brothers, a noted warrior abandons his identity. Hiding from relentless soldiers who want him dead, Brody MacCaulay vows to protect the woman he loves more than life, more than freedom, more than Scotland. But his presence throws her into danger.

A VOW HONORED

To escape an arranged marriage to an abusive noble, a Lowland Lady weds a stranger to save his life. But vows spoken do not make a marriage, especially when Megan MacMurry holds a different love inside her heart.

A SACRIFICE MADE

Outlawed, and with a price on his head, Brody condemns himself to a life of heartbreak without Megan. Wanting her desperately, knowing he can't have her, he heads alone to certain death...

It’s 1746 Scotland. The aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. A Lowland Lady and a Highlander warrior with a price on his head. Could God have a plan for these two?

Megan MacMurry has a fiery temper to match her hair. She’s tired of living under her father’s demands. So she takes her future in her hands when she marries Highlander Brody MacCaulay, wanted by the English for his part in the battle. Megan has a mind of her own, make no mistake. Throughout the book, she jeopardizes her own safety while looking out for others. You have to commend her and yet wonder how she could be so foolhardy.

Brody MacCaulay has lived through a terrible episode, losing several brothers in the process. He has no way to protect the females in his family other than by accepting Megan’s offer. His moral character is as strong as his love for Megan. You have to love a man who swallows his pride to save the rest of his family.

This book takes place in an interesting time in Scottish history as Highlanders battled the English to put their Bonny Prince Charlie Stuart on the throne. Whereas, the Lowland lairds backed down to the English to protect their position and fortunes.

Overall the writing is beautiful. The descriptions are magnificent. The scenery, the scents the emotions going on under the surface. Ms. Greene can set a scene and place you right in the middle of it be it a gruesome aftermath of war or a tender love scene.

How well I enjoyed the depth that the author got into her hero’s point of view. So real as to what a Scottish man of the 18th century warrior would have felt and thought. My one complaint would be the overuse of the Scottish highlander dialect in the hero's dialogue. It was even in his pov internal thoughts. I found it a bit distracting. Over time, though, you do get used to it and figure out what certain words mean.

This book is very nicely researched. It's obvious the author knows her period well and writes with such confidence and accuracy. The depth of emotions of these characters is what really drew me into the book and kept me reading. This author has a knack of writing genuine characters that the reader can’t help but find interesting and feel sympathetic for from the first page. Deeply emotional story, great plotting and pacing. If you love historicals, especially of the Scottish variety, be sure to pick this one up.

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