The Lady of the Glen: The Glen Highland Romance by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple
The Lady Of The Glen is an historical romance set in Scotland in the early 1300s.
Elayne is not the usual dutiful daughter of a Laird; she’s loud, opinionated and known as a ‘harpy’. The only child of James MacNally, she has grown up getting her own way.
Declan MacCollough is a supporter of Robert the Bruce. He returns home after ten years fighting for his king. Clan MacCollough has been without the presence of women for too long. Called the Beast Clan, it’s made up of rough men with slovenly habits. Few women want to be part of such a wild family. What it needs, Declan believes, is a wilful woman to turn the situation around, and he has just the women in mind.
This is a sweet romance in a lovely setting. The story moves at a fair pace, especially after Elayne arrives at Castle MacCollough. I would have preferred just a sprinkling of Scottish dialect among the dialogue rather than it being so full-on; I found working my way through all the Scot’s tongue awkward and affected the smooth flow of the narrative. Written for those who enjoy a good dose of cultural nostalgia with their story, this would suit those looking for an easy romantic read.
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Elayne MacNally knew one thing for certain: Her reputation as the willful harpy of the highlands was well earned.
As the spoiled daughter of the successful Laird MacNally, Elayne got whatever she wanted, until the man she thought she would wed rejected her. Dejected and reconsidering her lot in life, her father comes up with an opportunity that could change the course of her life and perhaps her reputation as well.
Declan MacCollough also knew one thing for certain: He did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as Laird of the reputed “Beast Clan.”
Following his father’s death, Declan had a lot of work ahead of him to reclaim any sense of respect for his people. Families had fled; fathers would not permit their daughters to wed into the clan. Declan wanted, more than anything, to recreate his clan into one deserving of service to the King. The first step Declan must take is to find a wife with enough backbone to help him tame his clan, help it grow, and gain back respect.
Learning of Elayne and her reputation, Declan offers to wed the lass – an arranged marriage of sorts. With no other choices open to her, Elayne decides that the Laird of the Beast Clan is her best, if only, option.
What happens when she arrives is a strange and passionate meeting of the minds between herself and Declan. Playing on each other’s strengths, they maneuver around those who attempt to prevent the marriage as a play for power. However, Declan’s past affiliations with the King are not welcome by all, and the challenges to their marriage become the least of their worries.
Can Declan and Elayne trust each other enough to face the threats to the MacCollough clan and their very lives?