Lady Sibylla Cavers is a lady-in-waiting for Princess Isabel Stewart but stayed behind when she was ill and the princess and her entourage moves on to another castle. Now Sibylla is better and ready to join her mistress. As she's riding along the River Tweed she sees a child caught in the rush waters. She jumped off her horse and into the river, rescuing the child. At the same time Simon Murray, Laird of Elishaw, was out with a group of men when they heard the screaming. Another child was also in the rushing water. Simon and his men were busy getting the other child and pulling out Sibylla and her charge. He took the three to Elishaw to dry out and keep them safe.
Sibylla and Simon had an unacknowledged past. Her father had brought the man three years earlier to be her husband. She had rejected him at the altar - where they met. He got angry and threatened his revenge. Now that stands between them. Fortunately she was friends with his sister Amalie and had met Simon once or twice in social situations. Even so, they are wary with each other.
Simon is the new Laird since his father and brother had died only months earlier. For the past few years he had been one of Fife's men, the scheming Governor of Scotland. Sibylla didn't trust Fife who is the real power in Scotland, usurping the King's power. So she isn't sure she can trust Simon. But the man she now begins to know is not the man she rejected at the altar or even the one who had stood with Fife for so long. When they return to Edinburgh, Sibylla learns what the two of them must do to avert more court intrigue and the possible loss of Elishaw to the Murray clan. She also learns how much Simon now means to her.
This historical romance novel is fair, in my opinion. I kept wanting to skip ahead, to just get on with it. Border Moonlight is the third of a series about the Murray family. Amanda Scott has put a lot of research into the novel, especially the politics of the time. While I appreciated the intrigues and description of the culture, I just couldn't stick with the story. It's OK. Probably a person who prefers historical romances will appreciate it more. But there are other novels of this type I'd rather be reading.
Notice: Strong sexual content
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