Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth’s niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her—and claim her himself.
Torn by tragedy from her sheltered life in London, Lady Sarah is unprepared for the harshness of the frontier-or for the attraction she feels toward Connor. When they reach civilization, however, it is she who must protect him. For if her uncle knew all that Connor had done to save her, he would surely kill him.
But the flames of passion, once kindled, are difficult to deny. As desire transforms into love, Connor will have to defy an empire to keep Sarah at his side.
Good God, I tried really, really hard to not read this book immediately after finishing the one before it. Pamela Clare has only written so many of these brilliant pieces of historical fiction with romance at the centre, and I wanted to ration them.
However, instead I ended up reading it right away.
I had a pretty big obsession with The Last of the Mohicans a few decades ago, and I was in Heaven when I found Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, which seemed to be written specifically for me, so similar it was to the Daniel Day-Lewis film. Years later I discovered Pamela Clare had written equally good, equally well-researched and equally wonderful books, and now I seem to have read them all.
I can’t pick a favourite; all of Clare’s books are fantastic. This one perhaps has the closest resemblance to the film I loved so much, and in fact the final battle is so similar to the Huron attack in the movie (it’s even the same people doing the attacking) it felt like a homage.
The realism of this series works wonderfully, with the attitudes of the times present, but also with characters you feel empathy for.
There are three books I can EVER remember making me teary, and this is one of them. There are two scenes towards the end with our heroine and her uncle – who has largely been a villain (but a sympathetic one) throughout the series – that are heartbreaking.
There is so much action, adventure and history throughout, and I’ve never come across someone who didn’t love these books.
Read them in order (though it’s not strictly necessary). You won’t regret it.