The Highlander’s Runaway (Blood of Duncliffe Series) (A Medieval Scottish Romance Story)
A dutiful daughter…a Highland warrior…and a madman desperate for a rich bride…
Claudine Epsworth, shy but impulsive, is the daughter of the earl of Estridge, and well knows her place and duty as bidden by her father. Her brother Reid is serving in the military, and though she misses him, she must follow her father’s instructions though he seems a trifle less in touch with reality than usual. Now he has hinted that she is to be promised in marriage to a man she barely knows, though his looks are not undesirable. First, she is sent to Scotland, her father saying it is for her protection, as war threatens on the not-so-distant horizon.
Highland Warrior Arrives
Handsome and brave Brogan McRae, leader of the clan McRae, is visiting the home of Douglas and Marguerite, his neighbors and allies, at Duncliffe Manor. They have business to discuss, namely the threat of battle on their adjoining properties. He never intended to fall in love with their new houseguest instantly. Putting aside his feelings, for he’ll never be hurt that way again, he vows instead to protect her from a sense of danger he feels when another new houseguest arrives.
An Unexpected Threat
A cruel man named Dunstan South, her father’s choice as her husband, has made the daring move of following pretty Claudine to Scotland, ostensibly for her protection. A feeling of unease at his presence is quashed to some degree, but Claudine cannot shake it completely. When his abusive and rude nature is finally exposed for all to see, she knows that she cannot marry him, but can she really go against the wishes of her father? After all, a seer has told her to follow her heart, and obviously that means she cannot choose South…right?
Fighting for Love
After an unexpected illness, Claudine learns that she must run away, and soon, as Dunstan has threatened to carry her off into a forced, miserable marriage. She takes almost nothing with her, but when she’s almost caught, an unexpected savior arrives in the nick of time. Brogan will accompany her to her brother’s station, but twists and turns along the way set in motion a series of events that will change their lives forever!
Can Claudine defy the hinted decree of her father—shirking her family duty—and follow her heart instead of her head when it comes to choosing her destiny? Or will she choose duty and risk a miserable marriage to an abusive, cruel man?
Will Brogan find a way to help Claudine escape a loveless, violent marriage—regardless of whether it leads her to himself—or is the past that haunts him still doomed to repeat itself?
"The Highlander’s Runaway" is a standalone historical Scottish romance novel of approximately 60,000 words. No cliffhangers, pure content and an awesome happily ever after, guaranteed to ignite your imagination in one sitting.
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