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Borderland Brides/The Healer/The Thief Kindle Edition
An English woman, a Scottish Laird, a case of mistaken identity and a love that will surpass all barriers.
An outcast in her own home for as long as she can remember, Lynelle Fenwick will do anything to earn her father's approval. Including exaggerating her healing skills, and setting off alone to rescue her step–brother from a band of raiding Scots.
Living under a curse that has haunted the Closeburn Clan for years, Laird William Kirkpatrick, will do anything to save his sole surviving brother. He may not believe in curses, but his clan does, and the growing number of graves seems to support their side.
Having banished all healers from the clan for trickery, he has no choice but to allow an Englishwoman, claiming to be a skilled healer, into his home and into the room of his wounded brother.
Enemies by birth and circumstance, they can only succeed together. But blood runs deep, and tensions high. What matters the desires of a heart?
A man in search of a bride, a woman in search of a home and an inconvenient attraction that can't be denied.
To fulfil his father's dying wish, Border laird Lachlan Elliot must marry and sire a legitimate heir, cementing his family's name in the tumultuous borderlands. But his marriage will be one of convenience.
Lachlan has no time for the pain and betrayal of love, and his land and position must always come first. So even when the spirited thief he catches stealing his horse turns out to be breathtaking – and appropriate – he vows to marry her, bed her, but never love her.
Kenzie never wanted an arranged marriage, but to be forced to wed the domineering laird who catches her thieving from his lands is even worse. Feisty, strong–willed and determined to make her own way, Kenzie may have no choice but to agree to the marriage, but she will never give up her independence. Lachlan may own her body, but he will never own her heart.
- ASIN : B01HT1GZC4
- Publisher : Escape Publishing (August 1, 2016)
- Publication date : August 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1605 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 436 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #418,609 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Healer is a re-edited version of the book that Allison Butler first published in 2014. It was subsequently paired with The Thief in 2016 to make an enticing duo and I’m ashamed to say that I one-clicked on the set several years ago then forgot to read them. I’m glad because now I’ve had the chance to read the new and improved version of this book and it’s very definitely a page-turner.
Set in the Scottish border country in 1402, the story brings together English healer Lynelle Fenwick, who’s been shunned by her father since her birth, and Scottish laird William Kirkpatrick, who distrusts healers but has been forced to use her services to heal his injured brother. Both Lynelle and William are tortured souls. She’s spent her whole life trying to earn her father’s love and because of the way she’s grown up she has considered herself cursed. He’s lost both his parents, a brother and a sister and blames his former healer for much of that loss. Despite a distinct lack of trust between these two there’s also plenty of sexual tension. Their attraction simmers and boils as the story evolves, and is one of the key reasons the story moves along so nicely.
Things I liked about this book, apart from the setting, and who doesn’t love a Scottish castle, include the use of herbs, the sense of community within Closeburn Castle and the adjoining village. I love it when the people around the stars of a book are used to demonstrate their inner qualities and it is very apparent in this book that both William and Lynelle are caring and honourable in their dealings with those around them. I was thoroughly invested in their story and almost sad to have it come to an end.
The Thief takes readers to the Scottish lowlands in the year 1402. With cross border skirmishes rife, the book opens with Lachlan Elliott hunting down the elusive thief who’s been helping themselves to his cattle and now his prized horse. Kenzie Irvine, the overlooked second daughter of Laird Irvine, turns out to be that thief and despite her protestations, she finds herself blackmailed into marrying Lachlan, who needs a bride and is hoping that by marrying her he can kill two birds with one stone, forging a border defence pact with her father and begetting an heir.
Kenzie has never seen a loving marital relationship in action. Her father is a greedy pig, her mother is dead and her older sister is a hardhearted bitch. She steals to care for women and children who have been forsaken by men who should have been protecting them. Lachlan is just as hardened as Kenzie to falling in love. He’s happy to warm a bed and confident in his ability as a generous lover but love has never ben part of the equation for him until Kenzie.
These two are both strong-willed and their conversations are never boring. With veiled insults and challenges being flung down, mostly by Kenzie, there’s plenty to keep their relationship simmering. When it comes to a boil it fairly boils over. While the romance slowly comes to a head, there are cattle thefts that conveniently happens every time Lachlan is called to Kenzie’s father’s aid to provide additional motivation to the plot. This story was a page-turner and one I thoroughly enjoyed.