"... Ms. Caine, through pure talent with words, brought the highland settings vividly alive, making me feel as if I were truly there. Plotting her way from one conflict to another made this a page-turner and had the ending arrive far too soon ..." Author of the Vicarage Bench Series, Mimi Barbour
"The story of Ruan and Bree hooked me from the beginning ... I would recommend this to anyone wanting a good read with a happy ending." Author of Sundered, Shannon Mayer
"It is not even a genre I would normally read! It just pulled me along and if my bladder hadn't protested so urgently, I would have read it to the end without a break." Poul Bendsen, Reader
From the Author
Ruan MacLeod never existed, nor did the specific clan tensions depicted in this book ever take place. The history in this first book is quite light.
However, the remainder of the books in this "Hearts" series will take a slight departure from the first and will contain actual ( and entertaining ) historical events covering the story of Thomas ( Robert ) Cochrane, King James III, and his brothers.
In some ways, King James III of Scotland was a man born before his time, more a patron of the arts than a warrior. But it was his habit of exalting low-born favorites, among them the architect Cochrane, combined with his fascination for the Black Arts that brought about some of the first documented witchcraft trials in Scotland's history and ultimately his death in an uprising led by his son.
"The Bedeviled Heart" begins the departure in historical flavor from that of "The Kindling Heart", with "The Bedeviled Heart" being the first book in this series to cover the significant events of 1479. And as these events took ten years to come to a resolution, this fascinating backdrop will be continued throughout the remainder of the books in this series: "The Daring Heart" and "The Loyal Heart".
And while my goal is to weave history throughout these stories in an effort to make them all the more entertaining, these books will always be romances first and historical second. I will primarily focus on the human relationships between all of the characters in the entire four book storyline.
"The Kindling Heart" begins the story with Bree and Ruan in the Isle of Skye.
"The Bedeviled Heart" covers Cameron and Kate's dramatic romance against the backdrop of court intrigue and witchcraft.
"The Daring Heart" brings the adventure of Lord Julian Gray as he meets his match in the Italian assassin, Liselle.
"The Loyal Heart" weaves the spell of fated love with Merry rescuing Ewan in the events leading up to the Battle of Sauchieburn -- thus completing the circle of how it all began.