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Come the morning
Drake, Shannon.
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New York : Kensington Books, 1999.
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378 pages ; 24 cm
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An epic of twelfth-century Scotland relates the story of Waryk de Graham, a loyal warrior to King David, and his reluctant bride, Mellyora MacAdin, the woman chosen for him but whose heart belongs to another, and as Mellyora succumbs to Waryk's tender embrace, she must decide whether her loyalty lie

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Booklist Review

Pseudonymous Drake's first hardcover novel, a fictional account of the life of the first Graham, Waryk de Graham, Laird Lion, hits close to home, since Drake is actually Heather Graham/Heather Graham Pozzessere. It all begins when a dazed young Waryk is knighted for his courage on a blood-soaked battlefield in the Borderlands of Scotland while mourning the loss of all his kin. King David declares him his champion and eventually offers him prosperous Blue Isle. But there's a catch: David must marry heiress Mellyora MacAdin, a Viking's daughter. Mellyora is outraged that she will not have control of her own destiny, but Waryk is ruthlessly determined to have her home with or without her. Amid a tangle of lies, treachery, and obvious villainy, these two strong-willed people must come to terms so that there can be peace throughout the land. Fans of Johanna Lindsey's medieval and Viking novels will relish this tale, the first novel in a proposed series about the Graham clan. --Melanie Duncan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Prolific historical romance author Drake's (The King's Pleasure) hardcover debut is a swashbuckling tale of warring factions in 12th-century Scotland. It chronicles the coming-of-age of a young nobleman whose feats of bravery earn him a royal but troublesome marriage. During a borderland battle, 13-year-old Waryk de Graham uses his father's sword to impale the last standing enemy, a Norman lord, as his father and uncle lie dead. Scottish King David has seen the act, and assumes guardianship of the robust boy. Ten years later it is 1137 A.D., the English monarchy is in chaos and Scotland is wary of attack from the Vikings and Normans. The king summons Lady Mellyora MacAdin of Blue Isle, whose father has recently died, to the Scottish royal seat of Stirling. In a strategic move to keep the Viking island secure for his kingdom, he has arranged for Mellyora to marry Sir Waryk , now his most respected warrior knight. She defiantly objects to the marriage, since she is already in love; while Waryk is equally dismayed, having been poised to wed his beautiful mistress. The narrative follows the war of wills between calmly intelligent, war-scarred Waryk, who accepts the king's command, and wily, irate Mellyora, who is trained in swordsmanship and repeatedly tries to escape to her utopian Blue Isle. Waryk is faster, but his expertise in outwitting the enemy is tested by this Viking sprite. Drake's characters are richly detailed; their romantic interplay is set among the vividly rendered skirmishes and treachery of medieval Scotland. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved