THE BORDER LORD AND THE LADY
ISBN#: (10) 0-451-22792-1/(13) 978-0-451-22792-8
NAL (Member of the Penguin Group)
Rating: 4 Cups
Lady Cicely Bowen is sent to live at another’s home because her stepmother does not like her. Her father, the Earl of Leighton, fears this is the only way to keep her safe.
Ian Douglas, the laird of Glengorm, thinks highly of Cicely. He does not want her wealth. He wants her to be his wife, mother of his children, and the one he grows old with.
Andrew Gordon, Highness, Laird of Fairlea learns Cicely has a sizeable fortune and powerful friends. He quickly believes she will make a good match for him.
The Earl of Leighton is deeply troubled that he must sent Cicely away. Years pass, and Cicely grows into a young woman. She meets Andrew who is quite taken with Cicely’s wealth. He plans to win her over. Ian has troubles with the King, but as long as they are respected by the King, he and his family will keep peace. When Cicely finds herself kidnapped by Ian, she lets him know she will only marry the man she loves. She finds him stubborn but with each passing day, will she find him her life and her strength?
The Border and the Lady is a nice read. I enjoyed the two suitors of Cicely and the boldness of Ian. The story is illustrated enough that I was able to get a good view of the characters as they first met and got to know each other. The jealous stepmother was indeed crafted in playing a vicious role. Bertrice Small lends fascination to her stories as she tells history in the making. I love her storytelling. Her characters are believable enough that the reader can get a good idea of their true actions. With some added excitement, she makes the story one that is a wonderful read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More