A Spinster at the Highland Court by Celeste Barclay is book one in The Highland Ladies series. This new series is a spinoff of Barclay’s The Clan Sinclair series.
Elizabeth Fraser is a 21-yr-old lady-in-waiting at the Scottish Highland Court. She’s been betrothed multiple times, but her father refuses to allow her to wed unless it greatly benefits him. Elizabeth has resigned herself to being a spinster.
Edward Bruce, Lord of Badenoch and Lochaber, is the adopted brother of King Robert the Bruce. He’s been away fighting against the English but has become tired of the conflict and returns to the Highland Court for some much needed peace.
Elizabeth and Edward bonded over a very brief encounter that occurred months prior, and neither has forgotten the other. They are unable to resist temptation and begin a whirlwind romance. The relationship is tested when they realize that someone wants one or both of them dead. They can’t have their “happily ever after” until they find the would be killer.
A Spinster at the Highland Court is well-written. Ms. Barclay has used the medieval castle as a perfect backdrop. The female characters are as strong and independent as their men. The leading lady, Elizabeth, is witty and can hold her own in a battle. The plot is interesting but is undermined by too frequent sex scenes. I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers of romantic suspense and medieval romance.
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Publication Date: February 14, 2020