Volatile times engulfed 1715 Scotland. Threats of a Jacobite uprising hung in the air. Lady Juliet Kingston traveled to Glenhaven with her entourage to meet and marry Laird MacLaren’s son with the hopes their union might help calm the rumblings of war—an Englishwoman weds a Scottish Highlander. Juliet longs for home and the man she left behind, until she meets Ross MacLaren. Both are stubborn and strong, but find love. Now a threat comes from a different front, one Juliet cannot fight. She gives up her husband and home to protect those she has come to love and returns to England with John, her former beau. Will she ever find her way back?
I really enjoyed reading this book. Especially the main characters were very likeable but also the minor characters were well developed and interesting. Okay, I can't say that I like John or Ross' father Donnach as they are simply not likeable but Glynis, Eva and all the others are wonderful. Oh, but don't ask me about Juliet's parents, they are just...well...I won't start because I won't be able to stop ranting...
With the book set at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1715 our hero and our heroine are caught in the middle of the fight between the Scots and the English. Juliet is the English bride of a Highlander at a time where the Highlands felt the repercussions of having lost the fight at the Battle of Preston and the Battle of Sherrifmuir. Compared to the repercussions of Culloden later on, it was still a rather gentle approach but people had to flee the country nontheless.
With John, her former suitor, not willing to give up on her, Juliet becomes part of the powerplay between the English and the Scots. Will Ross be able to win her back?
I really loved that Ross and Juliet don't hold back. They are open to the possibility of love and acknowledge it when it comes their way despite the rather unfortunate circumstances of their marriage. Even when things get complicated they care for each other and fight for what they want - or to protect those they love.
All in all I can definitely recommend this book, I really enjoyed it and will look for other books by Nancy Pennick.