Published by Zebra on June 28th 2016
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"A master of her craft, and a writer whose star shines ever brighter." --RT Book Reviews
"An incredible storyteller." --Los Angeles Daily News
"Heather Graham sparkles!" --Kat Martin, New York Times bestselling author
The tides of war have turned for the valiant Scots led by King Robert the Bruce, and they boldly reclaim lands still ruled by the English. When Jamie Graham comes to seize Hamstead Heath, he has no need for a hostage--not even one as beautiful and spirited as Christina, the manor's chatelaine. Yet she insists that he abduct her. Though he is certain this confounding woman is trying to play him for a fool, Jamie is determined to claim the sweet temptation she offers...
Christina has but one goal--to free her brother from the fortress of the new English king who has accused her family of treason. Her growing love for her unwilling captor is both unexpected and thrilling, yet it must not deter her from her mission--to master the art of jousting, win a tournament in disguise, and secure her brother's release. She cannot foresee the twist of fate that will threaten all she holds dear: her life, her lands...and the man who has captured her heart.
"Full of historical detail and bloody battles, the newest installment in Drake's 14th century Graham family series pits a resourceful Englishwoman against an overbearing Scottish warrior" –Publishers Weekly
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Lion in Glory is the 5th book in the ‘Clan Graham’ series by Heather Graham. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, so can say that the book is easily read as a stand alone one.
The story is set in the early 14th century. Robert Bruce King of the Scots is fighting to gain all of Scotland back from King Edward the 2nd of England. Some of the castles and lands in England’s possession aren’t afforded guards from their king, but they are expected to refuse the Bruce’s demands for money in order to leave their holdings alone. If they give in to the demands they are accused of treason, yet if they don’t, their homes are burnt to the ground and everything of value taken.
Christina’s brother is currently being held as a ‘guest’ of one of King Edward’s men for that particular act of treason. He admitted that he paid the fee to the Bruce and explained that he had to do it because he didn’t have the men to fight the Scots. None the less, he was made a ‘guest’ and was waiting to hear if he was to be executed.
While he is detained, it has fallen to Christina to look after the estates, and she is terrified when she realises that it is time once again for them to pay their dues to the Scots. She plans a way to stop the men in their tracks, and to hand them over to the English. It all goes terribly wrong though, and her home is looted for everything bar the essentials to keep it’s people alive when they have left. Christina is shocked when she realises that the place won’t be burned to the ground, and realising that if she doesn’t do something drastic the King will think she has given in to the Scots and her brother will never be released.
She begs the head of the Scots, Jamie Graham to take her as a hostage, and to leave a few more cattle behind in order for her people to survive the winter, and after much arguing, he agrees. But to make sure she doesn’t try to double cross him he also takes her future sister in law, and one other hostage. He hopes that Christina will behave knowing that her dear friends will be made to suffer if she does anything wrong. And that is how Jamie and Christina meet.
During their track to his castle Christina endures a lot, but she is a proud woman and tries not to let any weakness show. Jamie is fascinated with her, he doesn’t trust her, but all the same, he is respectful of her character. He infuriates her, but the more she spends time with him, the more she realises that he is a good man, and a very attractive one at that.
Their relationship forming is a pleasure to read, it nearly takes a back seat to the historical aspects of the story. Nearly but not quite. I found the whole story a perfect read. Does Christina’s brother manage to get away, does Christina prove to Jamie that she is trustworthy, and what of the war between the two kings, how does that progress? Even if you know your history, it’s still a pleasure to read what happens between the Bruce and Edward. If you don’t know your history, then this book is factual enough that you happily learn what happens all while reading a wonderful romance story.
This book is quite a long, deep in places, read, it’s not for reading when you just fancy a bit of light romance. If you are OK with that, then this is the perfect book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will definitely read more of this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.