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YA?Meridene is destined by birth to turn the rule of Scotland over to her husband, but her cruel father would rather kill her than give up his kingdom. His enemy, King Edward of England, arranged the marriage between Meridene and Revas, a butcher's son, when she was only a child. For her safety, she is raised in an English convent, but 13 years later Revas kidnaps her to fulfill the legacy that will enable him to become king. He also wants her to learn to love the Scottish people, their culture, and himself. Lamb has provided a detailed, entertaining plot set in 14th-century Scotland with well-drawn central characters. Although somewhat similar to the novels of Julie Garwood, the dialogue is not as witty and the story itself moves at a slower pace.
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By tradition, the Maiden of Inverness is the only one who can demand the sword of Chapling from her father and place it in the hands of her husband, making him king of the Highlands. Meridene Macgillivray is by birth the Maiden of Inverness, but for the past thirteen years she has lived in England. Used as a political pawn by the king, she was married to the butcher's son at the age of eight, then sent to England for her protection. Her father would rather see her dead than married to someone not of his choosing. She despises her homeland and all the people in it, even her family. When she is kidnapped by her husband and brought back to Scotland, she hates him most of all. Revas Macduff was born a commoner, but he aspired to greatness. Now a grown man, his dream is to unite the clans and bring peace to the Highlands. The only way to guarantee that is to return the Maiden of Inverness to her rightful home-- by his side, as his wife. He has spent many years thinking about the young girl who was so brave, but Meridene has changed. She has hardened her heart to Scotland and to him. He is determined to win her heart for both her homeland and her husband. Meridene is frustrated by the loyalty everyone shows Revas. Her only desire is to return to England, but she can't help being a little proud of Revas and all that he has accomplished. She knows she must protect herself from his charming ways because all he wants from her is the sword that will make him king. But she sees in him the dreams of her heart-- as a husband and father to her children. Can there be a future for Meridene and Revas beyond fulfilling the legend of the Maiden?A truly enchanting tale of the Scottish Highlands! Arnette Lamb has a remarkable gift for creating passionate tales of medieval Scotland! MAIDEN OF INVERNESS is a wonderful story of romance in a time of chivalry and adventure! Once again, Arnette Lamb leaves us breathless! Her fans will love her newest creation! Each of Arnette Lamb's books is like a long awaited vacation to another time and place! You can't wait to get there and you hate when it's over!Kristina Wright -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved
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