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Jove, Nov 2001, 5.99, 359 pp.
ISBN: 0515131547

    In 1375 Borderlands, the Scottish Kirallen Clan captures English neighbor Lord Haddon Darnley when he tries to pilfer some of their cattle. Haddon's father negotiates for the release of his son. However, the English border lord laughs at the last Scottish requirement that Lord Kirallen's son Jemmy marry the daughter of Lord Darnley so after several generations of feuding peace will finally arrive.

    Though agreeing to all the Scottish terms, Lord Darnley refuses to send his legitimate daughter Maude so he dispatches his other female child, Alyson, born on the wrong side of the sheets. He uses her brother as a prisoner-pawn to insure that Alyson adheres to his demands of masquerading as Maude and spying on his enemies. As Alyson and Jemmy fall in love, she worries about the future once her beloved learns the truth of her deception.

    Though a typical borders romance, THE BORDER BRIDE will delight historical romance readers. The story line furnishes the audience with a feel for the intrigue of the fourteenth century through a strong cast especially the heroine. Energetic Elizabeth English demonstrates to her her audience that if her debut is any indication, she has quite a long career ahead of her.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Ancient scotland Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   war bringing lovers together Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Matchmake, (will/family)    -   Yes Matchmaker...    -   matchmake by parent(s)

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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