Weekenders Romance Watch
Sequel to Highland Miracle
Author: Leanne Burroughs
Genre: Mainstream Romance
In 1304, amidst Scotland's continuing war for independence, two wounded souls are forced on a journey neither wants, resulting in tragedy and disaster.
Battle-hardened, untrusting, and son of a Scottish Chieftain, Duncan MacThomas wants only to see his country free from English rule. Honor-bound to ensure his clan's financial future, Duncan travels to wed a woman he doesn't want.
Wealthy and pampered, Catherine Gillingham anticipates a marriage to a Duke's son and is dismayed when her king decrees she must wed a Scotsman.
Can these two opposites find love amidst war?
When the priest asked for Catherine’s voice of consent, her eyes slipped sideways to appraise the angry man beside her. His stony silence seemed as eloquent as any bard’s tale. He wanted nothing to do with her.
Her voice cracking, she barely whispered the words that would forever alter the course of her life. "I will."
The man beside her stood rigid as she gave her response. He exhaled loudly and said through clenched teeth, "Aye, I will."
The priest completed the holy message despite the palpable tension, then moved inside the chapel to offer communion and bless the marriage.
Catherine couldn’t believe the priest’s audacity when at ceremony’s end he smiled at Duncan and said, "You may give your bride the kiss of peace."
Duncan eyed the priest as if he’d lost his mind, then turned for the first time to face his lady wife.
Trying to keep his expression unreadable, his gaze traversed the length of her body. Seal this unwanted union with a kiss to show the two families joined together with no ill feelings? He’d not do it. All he’d had to do was tell the priest he protested. The ceremony would have gone no further. He couldn’t do it. His clan needed him. Before he left home he’d decided not to stay with her after the wedding, wanting nothing to do with a woman his father selected. He planned to leave as soon as he took her to his home. He wouldn’t change his mind now.
He stood resolute—and unable to breathe—for he stared at one of the loveliest women he’d ever seen.
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