This was actually kind of a sad book, not sad in bad writing but sad emotionally. It starts off with Eva MacKay giving birth and the baby girl gets taken away. She isn’t even healed from giving birth when her father announces she is to be married off to another clan far away. She wants to find her child so she runs away to look for her.
We met Rob Mackintosh in the first book of the series. He’s a bit of a womanizer and does not want to get tied down but he agrees because he’ll do anything for his chief and his clan. He travels quite a long way just to find out his intended bride has run away.
Rob goes in search of Eva and finds her injured and fevered in a cave. He takes her back to her father’s but soon learns that her father is a cruel man who has no problem beating Eva when she does something that displeases him. Rob marries Eva but does not consummate the marriage because his new bride is skittish and has been ill. He has no idea that Eva has a child and that her father is using the child against her to do his bidding.
Later, after Rob had taken Eva back to the Mackintosh castle and Eva had just started warming up to Rob and had become friends with the chief and his wife, Eva’s father comes to visit and orders Eva to do something she does not want to do. He threatens her that he will kill her child. I kept thinking that her child was already dead and it made me so sad for Eva and even if the child was alive, her father would continue to use Eva for his own gain over and over again. And because she hadn’t been honest with Rob in the first place, she could lose him if he finds out.
I so wanted someone to beat the crap out of Eva’s father. What is really sad about her father is that it was common for men to abuse woman back in those days and nobody stuck up for them because a daughter was considered chattel so anyone who interfered would either be arrested, fined or shunned by the clan. I am so glad that I live in the 21st century!
I’m not sure if there will be more books in this series or not but these two books were very entertaining. I can never get enough of Terri Brisbin’s writing.