Series: Sons of Scotland #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on September 15, 2017
A man without a past…
Abandoned at a monastery as a young child, Alexander serves two masters—God and the fading memories of his past life—the one he never got to live. As he nears the day to take his vows, he’s sent on a last sojourn into the real world, but what begins as a test of faith becomes a journey to manhood.
And a woman who doesn’t know her own heart…
Born from the line of two kings, Lady Sibylla Mac William is abandoned by her sire as a child and then ruled illegitimate. Though she lives a happy life under her uncle’s protection, Sibylla craves something more, but never could she imagine losing her heart to the would-be monk who unexpectedly arrives to tutor her brother.
Together, they will forge the future of a kingdom…
When dark secrets from the past come to light, Alex and Sibylla’s fates become inextricably entwined. Will Alex choose the safe and secure path he knows, or will he reject holy orders to embrace his true destiny… and the woman he loves?
When a throne is within grasp, men will do brutal and cunning actions to take it and hold it. Now, the man on the throne is weakening and the wolves are circling. Highland Scotland of the Middle Ages comes to exciting and colorful life in this first installment to the Sons of Scotland series. I anticipated a good Highlander story, but the author produced a fantastic work that carried me away into the story so well that I could not stop reading.
The backdrop of the story was probably the strongest character of the book though I did enjoy following along as young Alexander experienced a coming of age and the first leg of his journey to destiny. Yes, this book was very much the set up for a much larger story. It introduced the setting, situation, players, and the first moves in this next part of Scotland’s history. Alexander and Sybilla are at the center of it all, but its obvious that its a much broader story.
My only niggle for the whole story was the wish to have an ancestry chart or list of characters because at first I was rather confused as to the connections of all the people mentions and its a big part of the story to know how the present folks connect to the previous generations. I eventually got it sorted in my mind and just had to pay close attention to who was related to whom and who was supporting whom.
This felt more like a historical fiction with a strong romantic element than a straight up Highlander Romance. I think that’s important to know because the romance is sweet and slow burn and it takes the back seat a few times. The romance shares the focus with all the other things going on from Alexander learning the secrets of his past to the action and intrigue going on with those who are maneuvering to change who controls Scotland.
Alexander was an instant favorite for me. He is intelligent, resourceful, and has a quiet courage unlike many of the hot-headed, impetuous people around him. And, that group includes the fiery, beautiful Sybilla. I took a bit to warm up to her because she had a tendency to push at Alexander and attempt to force him into things when he said no or was reluctant just because she wanted something. But, she was young and there was clear growth as the story progressed and she saw how actions or words bred consequences. She wasn’t mean or self-centered and she was courageous enough to sacrifice to help her family and Alexander. I ended up liking them both and look forward to what is to come for them. Things were at a dark and dangerous place when this story ended and set up for what is to come.
And, yes, that means that it reads like a first volume of one story rather than as its own self-contained story. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I’m not sure if Alexander and Sybilla will continue to be the leads or if the spotlight will shift a little to a couple of the other pivotal characters in the next book. Either way, I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Those who enjoy deep and well-developed historical background, attention to the details of the time, and a plot that is taking its time to build the excitement and tension for what is to come, and of course a solid romance pair in their historical romances should definitely give Virtue a try.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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