Tempted By Your Touch
Caroline Graham is a tall woman, very pious and not very attractive, hence her nickname “the pious Graham mare.” Her brother has decided to marry her off to Robert Maxwell, laird of the border clan that the English Grahams have been feuding with for generations. But Caroline had already decided she was destined for a nunnery, and thus unsuitable as a wife. After their first meeting, Robert Maxwell thinks otherwise.
The story is good and well written, but as historical fiction, it lacks depth and atmosphere. Ms. Holling throws in terms in an attempt to keep it feeling historical, but since she never tells us what they mean, they just feel out of place. The story takes place on the English/Scots border in 1545, so “hot trods” and “kine” are commonplace, but unless you already know about this time and place, these phrases mean nothing. Otherwise, it is a fairly good Scottish historical romance.