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Judith Hampton and Frances Catherin Kirkcaldy met when they were to young to remember ever meeting at a festival near the English/Scottish border. They remained fast friends even after they learned that the English(Judith) and Scottish(Frances Catherine) were enemies. Judith promised that she would attend Frances Catherine at the birth of her first child. To that end she spent 2 years studying midwifery and interviewing the best midwife in England. When the time came Ian Maitland, Frances Catherine's brother in law and the laird of clan Maclean went to England to take Judith to the Highlands. The attraction between them was immediate though they both almost tried to fight it.
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Once in the Highlands Judith finds the midwives barbaric in their practices and convinces her friend not to allow them to attend her. Unwillingly Judith finds herself a midwife and in demand by the clan's women. Judith also has a secret. A very big secret. She is half scottish herself and the daughter of the Maclean clan's biggest enemy. Ian cannot keep her out of his thoughts and finally decides to marry her.

The Maclean clan is run by their council and not by the Laird. They also are a people that keep to themselves and within their clan the families keep to themselves and seldom reach out to each other. Judith finds that this is unacceptable to her and with Ian's blessing sets out to make changes. She also battles within herself as to whether or not to tell Ian about her father. She has never seen her father but she understands the political ramifications. One day after the wedding Judith is kidnapped by her father's clan. Ian set out to rescue her. He rides into the enemy compound alone and without weapons to take back his bride.

Judith confronts her father and learns that her mother was even a bigger liar than she already knew. An uneasy alliance is formed between the 2 clans but when they return home Ian must face the council and decide whether or not he wants to remain the laird.

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Judith travels to the highlands to help her childhood friend give birth. She is escorted by Ian Maitland the laird of her friends clan. Judith is also looking for her father who she has never met and is chief of the Maitland's enemy clan. Can Judith and Ian find love despite the barriers? The answer is obvious since it's a romace but the way this story is told is amazing. This is one of my favorite books and a great read.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Ancient scotland Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant    -   sensitive    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   doctor/medical Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   wild    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   80%    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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