'Romance with a capital R' - Manchester Evening News
It is nineteenth century Scotland and change is on the way.
Sandy Logan is a man of his word and when Mattie Camerson’s father dies, he intends to honour his promise to marry her.
But dark forces are at work and Mattie finds herself betrothed to the son of cruel Jacob Reevil.
Before the marriage can take place, Jacob and his son corner Mattie alone in the shed.
Sandy comes to her rescue, but his actions have terrible consequences and he and Mattie are forced to flee.
They trek for many miles and eventually find refuge at the rundown farm of Fairlyden, nestling in a peaceful valley.
Mattie quickly wins the heart of its owner, Daniel Munro who needs to produce an heir or else Fairlyden will fall into the hands of the unscrupulous Earl of Strathtod.
Mattie and Sandy work hard on the farm to make a living and to restore the fertility of the land but Mattie is still haunted by the Reevils.
To escape her betrothal, Mattie must be wed before the Reevils can find her.
So Daniel comes to Mattie with a proposal: Marry him and escape her fate.
Mattie and Sandy have loved each other since they were children, but Mattie fears he is only marrying her to appease her dead father.
Will Mattie accept Munro’s offer?
Will she choose her childhood sweetheart, Sandy?
Or will the Reevils make the decision for her?
Fairlyden is a charming romance set against the scenic backdrop of Scotland’s wild and rugged landscape.
Praise for Fairlyden:
“Romance with a capital R” - Manchester Evening News
“A dramatic period tale set in the villages and countryside of Lowland Scotland”. - Fife Free Press
“An enjoyable family saga of life in nineteenth century Scotland, when country people lived close to starvation and were subject to the whim of the laird.” - South Hams Free Press
Gwen Kirkwood is the author of sixteen Scottish novels and six shorter romantic novellas, including A Question of Love , The Wary Heart and A New Beginning . She won the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, judged by Richard Lee, when it was re-introduced to mark the millennium in 2000. She lives in Scotland.
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