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Lady's Choice
by Amanda Scott
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Warner, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

This continues a series by Amanda Scott in 1300s Scotland, following the Macleod family. Lady's Choice, focuses on the second to youngest daughter, Lady Sorcha Macleod. Her older sister Adela has just been kidnapped by a man unknown to them during her wedding. While at first everyone believes the mystery man to be Hugo Robinson - the man Sorcha has been telling everyone is Adela's true love - wedding guests soon learn that the kidnapper is unknown to them. When Hugo appears after the wedding ceremony, with no knowledge of Adela, Sorcha is blamed for the kidnapping, since she attempted to get Hugo and Adela together, assuming they were in love. Her father is angry, and Sorcha decides to take it upon herself to rescue her sister.

Thus begins an adventure that involves Sorcha, her youngest sister Sidony, and eventually Sir Michael (married to pregnant sister Lady Isobel) and Hugo and their men, as they try to rescue Adela from Michael and Hugo's evil cousin Waldron. The story goes back and forth between Sorcha's adventures - including her budding romance with Hugo - and scenes that focus on Adela and her captor. What ensues with Adela and Waldron is very interesting, as she is conflicted, almost coming to a point where she subconsciously cares for him, thus confusing her rescuers. Has Adela decided to take Waldron's side, or is she merely bluffing and biding her time till Hugo and Sorcha rescue her?

As with the others in this series, this story takes on an epic feel, as the adventures of Sorcha and Hugo lead them all over Scotland. It's filled with romance and danger, and readers will laugh out loud at the antics of Lady Sorcha, who seems to be quite the troublemaker, although she means well. Those who have read the previous novels will enjoy getting to know Sorcha and Sidony and reading about their misadventures. I found the book a treat, as I love Amanda Scott's way with her characters.

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