Review by Elisa Maria Crites
Brody MacCaulay, Scottish Highlander, felt crushed under the weight, and thinking he had died in the terrible battle, wondered why he still felt pain. Then he heard the voices of the English as they casually conversed about finishing off Brody’s fallen comrades. The weight on him was that of his fellow clansmen who had perished in the battle. This was not death. It was worse. His own father and brothers had been slain, leaving him the clan chief to protect and provide for his mother and younger sister.
Brody and a few other warriors who had survived the bloody battle now hid in a cave. The wounded, hungry, desperate men clung to life, their only hope, God, but Brody wondered where was God in this battle in which the Redcoats even slaughtered women and children or carried them off? And the enemy had taken over the Chief’s lands and homes.
Reverend Fergus brought modest food to the men and presented a plan that would spare at least one of their lives. He would put each man’s name on a slip of paper and a young woman of the MacMurry clan would choose a man to marry. Brody was chosen.
Brody found himself torn between feelings of hatred for his enemy and hope that the young woman he was to marry was the same girl he had fallen in love with as a teen. On his wedding day, his heart leapt when he recognized the fiery red locks of the maiden he longed for peeking out from under the bridal veil. He vowed in his heart that he would love Megan MacMurry always, but had a rude awakening when he learned that that she was marrying for appearances only to spare his life. Or at least that’s what she claimed. When his bride took him home to the protection of her father’s household, Brody was met with hostility and it was then that he found out she had married him to avoid being betrothed to a cruel earl to whom her father had promised her hand.
A proud warrior and a rebellious lass. What chance did they have?
Anne Greene has written a delightful tale and woven in the history of the mid 1700’s Scotland and the turbulence with the British. I didn’t want to see the story come to an end.
Age Range: 16 and up
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Release Date: October 2010