Book Review

‘Virtue and Valor’ by Collette Cameron

perf5.000x8.000.inddSTORY: Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her.

Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.

When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage.

Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?

REVIEW: Bartholomew Yancy, Earl of Ramsbury, has always been attracted to Isobel Ferguson, a Scottish lass and the sister to Laird Ewan McTavish.  Yancy is headed to meet with Ewan as there have been tribal disputes going on and he needs to see what needs to be done.

Isobel is a very independent and intelligent young woman who enjoys looking for fossils on her land. However, with the uprisings occurring, her family members have instructed her that she is not to leave the immediate area without being accompanied by protectors.  When Yancy arrives in Scotland, he reinforces the edict that Isobel stay safe.  However, she is stubborn and eludes them to continue her fossil search.

But when she is abducted by some of the rebels, life gets quite difficult for her.  Yancy soon realizes he is indeed in love with Isobel, and thus begins his difficult search for her placing his own life in danger. Although she had been very foolish to have begun this folly, she is very lucky to have Yancy searching for her.

There were times I had a difficult time keeping up with the action in this story and the numerous characters.  While I have enjoyed many of Ms. Cameron’s books in the past, I have to say that this was not my favorite.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author


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