This is the next installment of Ms. Howell's Highland series (the Murray's). Ms. Howell brings to life a story about a wounded woman and a man who builds her back up and shows her that she is perfect the way she is. This is a wonderful story of love. Ms. Howell brings in characters from the older books into this one. I love reading about the Murray family. This will not disappoint. I have been reading Ms. Howell's highland books from the first one and they are each fresh and different.
Arianna Murry Lucette is on her way home from France to Scotland with her two young step-sons. After the death of her husband, Arianna finds out that their marriage was never valid. It seems that her husband married his mistress in secret before he married her. That makes what she thought were her husband’s illegitimate children from his mistress his heirs. Her in-laws are working on getting the first marriage dissolved so that the estate will revert back to the family and not to the boys. But her brother-in-law does not want to wait for that to happen he sets out to have the boys killed. Arianna and the boys are almost to Scotland when a larger ship rams into their smaller ship and sinks them. She manages to get the boys and herself safely to shore before she passes out.
Sir Brian MacFingal is on his way to meet the ship that is bringing him goods to sell. But what he finds is the remains of a shipwreck scattered on the beach. Brain and his men start searching the beach for survivors and to gather the dead for burial. They soon come upon two small boys guarding an unconscious woman. When Arianna comes to she decides to trust the men and ask for their help. After hearing about the danger Arianna and the two boys are in they know they have to help her. They decide to split up and each man takes one child and Brian will take Arianna. They each head out taking different routes to the same place. Brian believes this will cause the men chasing them to also split up. The longer Brian and Arianna are together the closer they become. But Arianna's husband heaped a lot of verbal abuse on her and now her self-esteem is low. She wants to get closer to Brain but she keeps hearing the voice of her husband telling her she is worthless. Brian manages to convince her that she is worth something and that she is a passionate woman.
New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell continues the dramatic Murray saga with this brand-new story of passions surging in the face of fear. . .
Once, Arianna Murray Lucette believed she'd met the man she could always rely on. She was wrong. Now she is fleeing for her life, and when her enemies attack a ship bound for her only refuge, she believes all hope is lost. Until she awakens on Scotland's shore to a pair of the most entrancing blue eyes she has ever seen.
When Sir Brian MacFingal first spots the sun-streaked beauty on the beach, he mistakes her for dead. Soon, however, he discovers a woman more full of life and vitality than he ever dreamed possible. But though he knows he is fit to defend her life--even at risk of losing his own--can such a raw warrior as he ever be worthy of her love?