Love Spell, Oct 2003, 5.99, 310 pp.
In 1883 Dorcas Jeffries wonders if she may have taken employee loyalty too far as she gazes on the fifteenth century plus or minus a hundred years adobe built Scottish castle in West Texas. Dorie agreed to temporarily stand in for her boss Lady Flora MacAllister in a wedding ceremony with Angus MacAllister. This gave Flora time to run off into the sunset with the man she loves.
Angus, as the laird of the Texas branch of the MacAllister clan, knows he must set the example for the others so he had agreed to this arranged marriage. So to him the bride's identity is not important that is until he falls in love with his wife. Dorie is not only shocked to learn she is married as she thought the exchange of vows was the rehearsal, but even more stunning she is falling in love with her spouse though rumors persist he killed his first wife.
Moving Highland Scotland to Texas has been done in other works, but not as completely as this charming historical does it with its brick and all keep. The story line contains plenty of action, but the lead characters drive the plot as Angus does his duty as the clan head and Dorcas wonders how love entered the looking glass she fell through. Though much heavier on the Scottish accent than on the clash of cultures, readers will enjoy this fine late nineteenth century romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner