“Two Tales in One Book
“Two Tales in One Book
Laird of Glencarraigh:
Jean and Graham MacDonald were grown children of a father who abandoned them when Jean was a teenager and her younger brother Graham was ten years old during a time when their mother was dying of an extremely painful disease. Her father left a loaded rifle with the mother so she could commit suicide, but he refused to do it nor would he stay until she died. Jean later was found with the rifle in her arms and her mother dead of a bullet wound. The local villagers assumed she killed her mother and the village took sides in judging her guilt. In the beginning of her life, Jean had been raised in a manor on a twenty-acre plot as gentry, but her father lost the property due to gambling and drink. As the years passed as orphans, Jean as a young woman ended up doing washing and other drudgery type work at the Laird’s castle, supporting both her and Graham in a very insufficient manner. The experiences of these years forced Jean to develop a highly defensible personality and she would physically or orally fight at the drop of the hat.
She first met Alistair MacGregor, Laird of Glencarraigh when he appeared to bury her father’s body on the manor premises. To stop him, Jean physically attacked and beat Alistar with a tree branch, broke his nose and blacked his eyes when he appeared with Maconald’s body. When Alistar first actually was able to speak to Jean after his beating, he laid claim to the manor as his and took a room in the manor. Thus he and Jean and Graham were in constant communication. Graham, although usually subservient to Jean’s orders, did help Alistair bury MacDonald on the premises next to her mother. Alistair could not believe that MacDonald was the man whom Jean described. Jean fought Alistair in every manner even when she found he was the Laird now that his father had died. He had an older brother William who didn’t want the position. Through the years, Jean had lost all sense of herself as a lady. Usually she was dirty, wearing old worn-out clothes of both male and female pieces, never realizing how beautiful she actually was with her auburn red hair, green eyes and a well-devloped female body. There was a rough neck in the area, Robert Wallace, who was out to either beat Jean and Graham to death or in some manner see that they were killed.
As time passed and Jean resisted any type of friendship on the part of Alistair, he being about ten years older, although he had always been disinterested in marriage, he found himself to be interested in her romantically and desired to protect her, but it didn’t matter what he said, she would not listen and took umbrage at anything he said.
This is an interesting plot with the tension between Jean and Alistar extremely well developed and although it is obviously a romance, it also is a mystery with much action. This story is well written and is a page turner. I loved it.
The second story in this Anthology # 1 entitled “Eternal Love” was added to the above story enlarge the overall works, but is a disappointment. The plot is not developed, there is too much tell and not show and becomes confusing and boring. I am giving this book four stars on the “Laird of Glencarraigh” and as far as “Eternal Love”, I recommend that the author rewrite it.