Border Wedding and Border
Lass are part of a series by Amanda Scott focusing on
the stories of families that lived on the border of England
and Scotland in the late 1300s.
In Border Wedding, we meet Sir
Walter Scott (yes, based on the real person) as he is about
to hang for being caught trying to retrieve his stolen
cattle. However, he is presented a choice: marry the
thiefís oldest daughter, Lady Margaret Murray, or hang.
With little choice, a hasty wedding takes place.
Wat takes Margaret home with him,
barely knowing her and not entirely willing to find out.
Despite his resistance (and hers) they still begin to
realize that each is not what they expected. But as the
politics of the land become more and more pressing, their
marriage causes them both to be pawns in the battle for the
Kingship of the land.
Border Lass follows the story
of Margaretís sister, Amalie. After a heartbreaking
experience in her youth, Amalie is set on never marrying.
Instead, she has devoted her service to the beloved widow of
the Douglas, Princess Isabel. Equally unwilling to wed, but
still intrigued by Amalie is Sir Garth Napier. When he
finds her eavesdropping at a door with potentially dire
consequences, they enter into an even deeper political
quagmire than her sister did. But as they deal with the
upcoming power struggle, they continue to need each other as
much as they attempt to deny their growing feelings for each
Amanda Scott knows her history. Both
Border Wedding and Border Lass are very
detailed on all the politics and conspiracies that took
place in Scotland at the time. In fact, in the first book
in particular, the details overwhelm the story. The first
book also had two traits I donít care for: dialogue written
with the dialect and accent of time, which makes it
difficult to read; and a relationship that did not make me
root for them. Wat is portrayed as a hard man, with very
little regard for his wife, even once he realizes he loves
However, I did enjoy Border
Lass quite a bit more, in part because most of my
problems with the first one were not present. The
characters were much more fun and enjoyable. The
relationship was fun to watch and the resolution was
satisfying. In fact, I enjoyed Border Lass
enough to look forward to the next book, Border
Moonlight, due January 5, 2009.