In a Land of Warriors Playing a Deadly Game...
Moira Fraser has been given an ultimatum—marry the elderly Laird Achaius Matheson, or risk another deadly clan war. She vows to do the right thing, as long as she can steer clear of the devilish charms of one stubborn Highlander...
How Do You Avoid Becoming a Pawn?
Gahan Sutherland knows there's a dangerous plot behind Moira Fraser's wedding, and will stop at nothing to foil it. But where a hot-headed, fiery Highland lass is involved, trust and honor clash with forbidden attraction, threatening to blow the Highland's sky-high.
Among the clans of Scotland, duty and honor is paramount. When Moira Fraser is given in marriage to a man almost three times her age, instead of running for the highlands, she does her duty to her half-brother Laird Bari Fraser and her clan. Moira feels she needs to make up for her evil and deranged half-sister Sandra who unsuccessfully poisoned the Laird of the Sutherland clan. Laird Sutherland barely survived, but the fate of Sandra Fraser is somewhat of a mystery even though she is believed to be dead at the hand of the Sutherland clan.
Gahan Sutherland is the bastard son of the Laird Lytge Sutherland although Lytge has recognized Gahan publicly as his son, he still gets criticized for being a bastard. Gahan Sutherland happens onto the groom to be, Achaius Matheson's land. He is immediately taken with the bride to be, Moira and attempts to dissuade her from doing her duty. Not only because he is attracted to Moira, he does so also in order to attempt to keep a clan war from happening. If Moira's brother, Bari and the perspective husband, Achaius unite in marriage, it could mean trouble for the Sutherland clan. Moira puts her personal feelings aside and thinks only of her clan's needs.
To Gahan's chagrin, Moira marries Matheson, but is it a marriage in truth? For as much as Laird Matheson boasts of his prowess, the old man only wants possession of Moira's dowery, which includes a healthy portion of land that Bari is bestowing on him to buy his help with Bari's revenge on the Sutherlands.
Deception and betrayal are two words that jump out at the reader in this tale, and it seems that everyone is playing this game of sorts. From Laird Achaius Matheson who wants to set up his wife, all the way down to even the Sutherlands, whose soon to be revealed secret makes it even harder for any peace to be had between these clans. Among all this deception a love between Gahan and Moira sprouts that can not be denied by either party. How can this woman married to the scheming old laird be free to love Gahan? Will the Sutherland's be able to expose Bari Fraser for the low-life he actually is? Oh, so many questions are answered when you read How to Handle a Highlander by Mary Wine.
How to Handle a Highlander is a fabulous chapter in Mary Wine's Highlander series. So much emotion, so much guile along with the high romance between Gahan and Moira made this a book I could not put down until the very end. Mary Wine knows her stuff when it comes to her history and she never bores , but makes the reader crave more. The mistrust between the Sutherland and the Fraser clans brought about such emotion, especially when so much of the mistrust is directed towards Moira, who because of her sibling's deeds, has earned a bad reputation, unjustly or not. I could go on and on but then some secrets may slip and I don't want that to happen. So just pick up your copy of Mary Wine's How to Handle a Highlander and see for yourself.