This one grabbed my heart. I decided to read some of Karen Ranney's older books and realized she had a five book series of which this book is the first. I have a really difficult time reading about the country of Scotland and the inhabitants during the era leading up to, during and immediately following the battle of Culloden and yet, it seems I can't resist some of the books written about this period. One of my all time favorite books based on this time in history is The Pride of Lions (Scotland Trilogy Book 1) and of course if you can take a bit of time travel, there's also Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) which is the book that is responsible for getting me back into historical romance novels following a 20 year long break.
This first book in Ms. Ranney's series doesn't come close to the two above, but it's still a very sweet read so I'm giving it five stars just because. The story of the young Ian MacRae - half Scottish and half English - forever torn between his heritage with his father being an English Earl and his beautiful mother being the daughter of the laird of the MacRae Clan, one wonders how he will ever find his way through the maze.
Eleven year old Ian and his mother spend two months of each year at the Gilmuir castle, the stronghold of the MacRaes' where he is fast friends with siblings - Fergus, James and Leitus. Young Ian loves Leitus with a steadfast love. Then, during one of their visits, tragedy strikes and Ian's life will never be the same. His heart is torn asunder and he leaves, determined to leave his Scottish heritage behind.
Years pass, Culloden happens, Ian returns to Gilmuir, except Gilmuir is now a ruin - Fort William having been built from the stones and rubbish of the castle. Ian is now known as the Butcher of Iverness - a title which was given to the man who sent so many Scots to the gallows following Culloden. But, is that title deserved? When Ian and Leitus meet after all the years apart, both the reader and Leitus have the opportunity to learn together how Ian has struggled with his mixed heritage during all his years of service. Who is the real Ian? Is he the "Raven" - a masked man who helps the Scottish people by giving them food and shelter? Is he Colonel Landers, the Butcher of Iverness? Is he a mixture of the two? It's an intriguing, sweet love story. Ian's tenderness toward Leitus is presented in a swoon worthy manner.
- 版本： Kindle电子书
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- 纸书页数： 388
- 出版社: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue (2009年3月17日)
- 语种： 英语
- ASIN: B000PDZFVQ
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