Blackmailed and manipulated into giving up the woman he planned to marry, saving his brothers lives and avoiding a conviction from a false murder accusation, Scot Iain Montgomery reluctantly agrees to indefinitely lead a team of rangers for the British Army. Lady Anne Burns Campbell was betrayed by her uncle then branded a thief and shipped to the wilderness of the not yet United States as a slave.
For months there was cruelty and shame then circumstances put Anne in Iain’s path when he saves her from a near rape. That solved one problem but bought a few more as the French army with their Indian allies separated Iain and Anne from safety. As Iain carefully picked their way through, his thoughts and Anne’s drifted to intimacy and a future for them as a couple but Anne has secrets to share.
The treacherous game of cat and mouse laced with Wentworth’s wicked villainy and determination to control all those around him at any cost was good as it both strengthened and weakened the budding romance that laid over the betrayals and deceits done to Iain and Anne. The brother’s strong relationship with each other and Joseph, in heavy soon to be a hero ink, was good for the story as well.
The highland dialect coupled with brutality and detailed battles against the mundane-ness of war were a bit much for this reader at times but kept the outing well paced. Iain was most definitely in desirable hero mode with feet of clay and while Anne was likeable she didn’t seem as robust a character for my taste. Despite any minor quibbles this vivid panorama of a tale would make an excellent film.