BOOK ONE: The Stolen Bride Series She belonged to another… But was destined to be his… Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself. The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying. Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It had the perfect mix of adventure, action, and romance in my opinion! Arbella was a very likable heroine, who was a strong character, but also feminine enough to make her a good romance novel character.
I love historical fiction romance novels, and this definitely had all of the characteristics of a good one. My favorite historical fiction romance novels involve characters who fall in love in spite of the fact that their countries are at war, and the English/Scottish rivalry definitely helps to spice up this story and add to the overall interest. Not only is this story a great romance novel, but it has enough historical content woven throughout, that the history nerd inside of me is happy. I loved the author's descriptions of the surrounding landscapes, and the way she was able to add real historical content into the book definitely makes it more interesting and more realistic.
I would definitely recommend this book to both lovers of historical fiction and lovers of romance novels. It kept my interest the entire time, and I would gladly read another book by Eliza Knight.
I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.
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