Friday, March 8, 2013

There she is in all her glory, The Country Wife, a brave wonderful heroine who's not trying to save the world just one tiny baby, the daughter of her brother and her best friend.  Lilli MacGregor, alias Lilli Hardy has a load of trouble.  Not only has she watched her brother hanged, delivered his baby from its dying mother, fled from the leader of one of Scotland's most powerful clans, but now she must rescue a wounded Callum MacAllister, the new Laird of Lister Castle, who has been set upon by his distant cousin, Robert Lister who lays claim to the title and castle.Taking refuge in a lonely, secluded crofter's cottage set high on Tollis Hill, Lilli struggles to deny her growing feelings for the handsome laird.

Wounded, Callum MacAllister must depend upon a beautiful young woman who has too many secrets of her own.  As she nurses him back to health, he tries not to become ensnared by her bravery and beauty, but when she at last confides in him, he can't resist her.  Maddened by her presence, he is finally free to claim her as his own and finds a love such as he never expected.

I wrote THE COUNTRY WIFE some years ago, after my husband and I had been to Scotland.  We visited every castle we could find and I bought so many research books, we had to buy another case in which to bring them home.  My husband, God bless his soul, was so understanding.  All my books were written by Scottish lords and scholars and I thought who better to know?  There was one book in particular that had to do with common folks, their dwellings, plenishings (furniture), clothing, chores, weapons and so on, I was fascinated and wanted to write about this side of life.  I've written about Scottish Castles enough.  So from this came the story of Lilli and Callum.  They made a wonderful couple and I'm so proud of them.  .  .