Bride of a Scottish Warrior by Adrienne Basso

Bride of a Scottish Warrior by Adrienne Basso

A union born of duty…

Newly knighted Sir Ewan Gilroy needs a dowry and a wife, in that order. Though the widowed Lady Grace plans to enter a convent, squandering so much lush beauty–and such a fortune–would surely be its own sin. Grace will not be easily wooed, despite her family’s urging and Ewan’s famed charm. She challenges him as no woman ever dared, proving his equal in spirit and in passions…

Forged by desire…

To atone for her past, Grace vows to never remarry–least of all a brash and reckless warrior. Yet whether defending her honour or stoking desires she hardly knew she possessed, Ewan is a man beyond compare. And as their fragile trust is threatened by treachery, Grace must decide whether to reach for the happiness within her grasp–and fight for the love of her bold Highlander…

Bride of a Scottish Warrior by Adrienne Basso

What an awful cover!!

This is such a hard book to rate and review! On one hand, it’s so highly, highly readable, but on the other it’s so incredibly anachronistic!

I don’t tend to read genre fiction set in the Middle Ages because it’s a time too far removed from ours, too different, with people whose thought processes were absolutely nothing like ours and our present day sense of self. In order to create a romantic plotline that will work for a modern audience an author practically HAS to modernise some things.

Bride of a Scottish Warrior, even with its bodice ripper cover, started off really strongly, with two sympathetic characters as the leads. I liked both of them.

The author has taken a lot of knowledge of mediaeval Scotland (1314) and combined it with characters with twenty-first century speech and mostly modern attitudes. I guess it’s the way you make romances set in the Middle Ages work for the modern reader. It didn’t bother me too much most of the time, but this is one of the few romances I have read set in this time period, so it was a bit of a change from the more realistic general historical fiction I’ve read before.

However, it’s not a time period that is romantic in many (any?!) ways, as far as I’m concerned, so some concessions need to be made.

I think the author worked well to find a balance between adding the mediaeval details and making her book accessible. These characters might think like people from the twenty-first century, but they do inhabit a world that is dressed like mediaeval Scotland. I suppose I shouldn’t be really picky with the language, as it was not what would have been spoken at all anyway, but obvious Americanisms and very modern expressions (shoot first and ask later, for example) in books set in Britain always grate for me.

I’m not big on accents written phonetically, and it did annoy me here.

“Ye are to give him a chance, Grace,” Brian commanded.

“Fer what?”

“To state his case and win yer hand.”

It works on the idea the person writing the accent doesn’t have one, that theirs is the “norm” and everybody else’s is wrong somehow! That is most certainly not true.

This book is already getting positive early reviews. It reminded me a little of a Hollywood movie.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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