Warner, Aug 2002, 6.99, 432 pp.
In 1540 Scotland, following the King taking hostage his liege, Patrick MacRae risks his life for what he feels is the good of his country. He spies for Cardinal Beaton while searching for the missing heiress Bessie, assumed dead by most people. Lord Angus abducted Bessie and her sister years ago with the sibling Molly having just surfaced.
In the woods with dogs at his heels, Patrick meets Elspeth. She helps him escape the hounds and the owners chasing after him and gives him a tip on how he can hide in plain sight. He obtains a job as a falconer at the same estate where Elspeth lives. As Patrick and Elspeth work together, though both remain wary of the other, they fall in love. Now if he can uncover her deepest secret, hidden even from herself, he might stop a nasty plot that will affect the well being of Scotland.
The sequel to the ABDUCTED HEIRIESS, THE SECRET CLAN: HIDDEN HEIRESS is an exciting sixteenth century work of romantic suspense. The story line provides readers with a feel for the intrigue of the era as well as furnishing a strong romance between two cautious individuals. Amanda Scott's latest Scottish historical tale is a wonderful novel that fans will take much pleasure in and expect more return trips to the same time and place.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner