Avon, Nov 2001, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1535 Scotland, every lass desires Gilmour MacGowan except apparently, Isobel Frasier, twin sister of his brother's wife. Though he can have just about everyone, Gilmour wants the one he cannot have as he admires Isobel's independence and fire. She rejects his advances though secretly inside her heart and soul she covets Gilmour, but believes that she must forgo love and relationships because her clan needs her now. Additionally, he may be the enemy.
Gilmour begins his quest to win Isobel's heart, but soon concludes he already has that just like she has his. Instead, he realizes he must overcome her obstinate beliefs that personal relationships will interfere with her helping her clan. He knows he must prove he cares for her clan as much as she does and that together they can defeat any foe. However, Gilmour will soon learn how much he underestimated the strength and determination of his beloved.
Though characteristic of a sixteenth century Scottish romance, MACGOWAN BETROTHAL is a strong tale because the key two players provide readers with a humane look at the era. The story line is fast-paced and Gilmour is a mighty male star that female readers will happily adore. However the stalwart lead female protagonist owns the plot as her actions, compassion, and inner strength moves the audience as easily as she moves the tale forward. Lois Greiman has written a wonderful Highland Rogues novel that entertains her fans just as her previous stories have done too.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner