Scott’s newest series set in 14th century Scotland features the beautiful young Lady Janet Easdale facing an unwanted marriage to Reid Douglas, the spoiled son-in-law of her uncle and guardian Lord Dunwythie. Desperate to have a small taste of freedom and life before settling into the yoke of an unwanted union Janet, Jenny to her friends, slips away the minstrels entertaining at the betrothal dinner.
When the household realizes Jenny has vanished, Reid’s brother Sir Hugh Douglas vows to find her. Douglas locates Jenny performing as a singer with the troupe and finds himself drawn to her quick wit and strong character, both traits that would be lost on Reid. They become involved in a scheme involving stolen jewels, the outcome of which could determine Scotland’s future while passion builds.
This slow moving historical romance has an authentic flavor and strong protagonists but falls short with an unsurprising climax. Still, Scott’s assemblage of characters and recreation of the period will appeal to her many fans.