My Highland Spy
Sourcebooks / September 2, 2014 / $5.31 print, $6.49 digital
This Highland Laird won't bow to the Crown
Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.
But this lady spy might make him...
Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.
If she doesn't betray him first
Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?
In Victoria Roberts's My Highland Spy, Lady Ravenna Walsingham is following the family tradition of being a spy for the crown and has made herself very useful to King James in the years following Queen Elizabeth I's death. Her latest assignment is to go to the Highlands of Scotland in the guise of a governess.
Laird Ruairi Sutherland has refused the crown's command that all Scots lairds send their sons to the Lowlands to be educated, and the King fears that Ruairi—one of the most powerful lairds in Scotland—is part of fomenting a rebellion against England. Ravenna is sent to ferret out the truth, but she is not exactly looking forward to traveling to such a barbarous place.
Why would anyone want to travel to Scotland? That wild country had nothing to offer but a bunch of unkempt men in kilts waving broadswords and screaming battle cries. She didn't mind when her assignments were closer to home, but the Highlands?
It doesn't take long before Ravenna's preconceived notions are proven wrong, especially after meeting the Laird himself.
Laird Sutherland and Fagan sported the traditional kilt of green, black, blue, white, and orange, which Ravenna presumed was the Sutherland tartan. They also had large swords sheathed at their waists. She's never met a Highlander before and realized she'd made a grave error in judgment by believing the words of her countrymen. She had foolishly assumed these Highland men were nothing but a bunch of chest-pounding barbarians. She was never so happy to be wrong… As they entered the library, she paused. For being this far north in the Highlands, the laird certainly had a vast array of books in his collection. And that was another misconception. She didn't think these barbarians even knew how to pick up a book, let alone read one.
Soon she is swept away by the beauty of the Highlands themselves (not to mention the Laird).
Ravenna walked the garden path and wanted to savor every moment. She rested her hands on the cool stone wall and closed her eyes, lifting her face to the sun. There was a great serenity to be had in the Highlands. If she hadn't experienced it herself, she would never have believed it. If anyone asked, she'd have a difficult time describing the feeling that washed over her. The land, the sea, everything seemed to call to her. And God help her, for a brief moment she wanted to answer.
Roberts has a nice feel for Scotland and My Highland Spy is a very “Scottish-y” Romance. And who doesn't like that?
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Cheryl Sneed reviews for Rakehell.com.