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Title:
The secret clan: hidden heiress
Author:
Scott, Amanda.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
395 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
Book includes an excerpt from The secret clan: Highland bride.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780446610322
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Book

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Summary

She is called Elspeth, a bonny lass whose dusty servant's rags conceal her well-born status. She recalls nothing of her past-or of the coveted Dunsithe treasure that is her birthright. From her lonely room in Farnsworth Tower, she dreams of a mist-shrouded forest and yearns for the miracle that will free her from a life of drudgery.

In the guise of an English nobleman, Sir Patrick MacRae risks his life for his fellow Scotsmen. With danger at his heels, he finds refuge at a border estate where he meets an intriguing young woman who, like him, is not what she seems. Now Patrick must earn Elspeth's trust even as his enemies seek to unmask him. For only together can they protect his mission...and uncover her true identity in time to save their love.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The characters in Scott's (The Abducted Heiress) 16th-century romance take nearly three quarters of the novel to deduce what is obvious to the reader from page one that beautiful Elspeth, who slaves away as a servant with Cinderella-like endurance, is the book's "hidden heiress." Long assumed to be the bastard daughter of an exiled earl, Elspeth has been forced to earn her keep at Farnsworth Tower since she was a child. The worst aspect of her position, however, is dealing with Farnsworth's domineering wife and bratty daughters, who are little more than stereotypes. Everything changes the day she saves Patrick MacRae from capture in the woods and helps him secure a position as falconer at the Tower. His bearing indicates he's no mere criminal on the lam; in fact, he's a highland knight on a mission to reach Stirling, where King James V has been holding his laird hostage. King James and Cardinal Davey Beaton, the man behind Scotland's throne, play significant roles in the story, as do a group of magical "wee people," who help push Elspeth and Patrick together. Although it's clear from the start that Elspeth and Patrick are destined to fall in love, there's no real romantic tension or, for that matter, believable affection between them. Too many principal characters and too little interaction between the hero and heroine keep this trite fairytale from taking wing. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved