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Abducted Heiress
by Amanda Scott
Order:  USA  Can
Warner, 2001 (2001)
* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Two sisters, Mollie and Bess, are heirs to a great fortune. When a ruthless lord separates them from their mother, she only has time to brand Mollie as the true heiress to her father's wealth and as mistress of The Secret Clan. For years Mollie is kept in seclusion on a mysterious isle until one day 'Wild Fin' MacKenzie is dispatched to rescue her and perhaps even claim her as his bride. On a dark and stormy night, and one that's 'perfect for heroic deeds', Mollie encounters the arrogant Fin and his companion, Patrick. She's furious over Fin's blatant perusal of her and his next suggestion that he 'amuse himself with her until morning'. She's even more furious when she eventually learns the handsome warrior is about to become her new guardian. When her current guardian, Donald, learns of these developments, he's not a happy man and vows to hunt down and destroy those who have dared to remove his chance to finally get his hands on Mollie's great treasure.

This is the first in Amanda Scott's Secret Clan series and is a captivating and fast-paced read. Historical romances set in Scotland remain popular with readers and the author does the setting justice. While her insistence in using Scottish dialect in half her scenes is distracting, the interplay between her characters is engaging and fun. Fin and Mollie's relationship follows the usual route. It starts with an intense clash of wills as the strong and arrogant warrior, used to having his own way, tangles with a fiery young woman who refuses to be tamed. Of course, it eventually develops into all consuming love. Add to the blend a dash of the paranormal with fairies and 'the wee folk', numerous clashes with Donald, and the hunt for a mysterious and vast treasure. All in all, Ms. Scott delivers a tale full of adventure, lots of romance and even a bit of magic. Fans of the genre won't be disappointed with The Abducted Heiress.

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