Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Chieftain’s Curse by Frances Housden

The Chieftain’s Curse by Frances Housden
The Chieftain Series, Book 1
Publisher: Escape Publishing (February 2013)
253 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $0.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

Fourteen-year-old Morag, in scouring a battlefield for her beloved brother finds instead one of the enemy still alive, sixteen-year-old Euan, whom she nurses back to health in secret in a cave. Naive decisions made while in the flush of youth had long and dire repercussions for both Morag and Euan, but they are drawn together once again as if fate was allowing them a second chance, but would they be brave enough to take it? There are such old deep wounds on both sides of this story, Morag’s resentment of Euan’s desertion all those years ago and the curse that Euan believes has taken all his wives and sons since, that it was understandable that misunderstandings abounded between them, but I did wish it could have been otherwise. This more than most other historical romances I’ve read, really captured the harsh realities of a medieval life and displayed it’s effect on a romance of the time, with all the ugliness and beauty it might have contained, without trying to sanitize it overly much. Moving story, and I look forward to reading Gavyn’s story in the next book in this series, Chieftain by Command.

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