Thank you NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and E. Elizabeth Watson for the opportunity to read this book!
The holiday season is right around the corner and I have a weakness for romance novels that take place in Scotland and a Christmas Historical Romance? –SIGN ME UP! Twelfth Knight’s Bride by E. Elizabeth Watson brings together two warring clans, both suffering tragedy at the hands of the other. Lady Aileana is a fearsome thing to behold. Almost feral. Dressed as a lad, she sneaks off to the MacDonald lands to steal some food so her people don’t starve. The laird, James MacDonald manages to track her and in order to forgive her for her crime, he requests that she is given to him in a handfast marriage. This is merely supposed to be a punishment befitting the crime, but it turns out to be quite a bit more…
What a perfect book to kick off my holiday reading. I am having difficulty getting into the holiday spirit but this has helped. Aileana is a wild spirit and I adored her. She is naive but has some wonderful development. Even though she is fierce and doesn’t hold back there is a kindness in her that is just captivating. Then there is James. His development is the best. He has a tragic past that he must work through. Normally, it is the female heroine that helps the hero through that. But what I loved is that he had to work through it himself. Yes, Aileana inspired the work. But he is the one who transformed. And may I just say…that chemistry is FIRE. *fans self*
The major theme of this book is forgiveness. (Que Hamilton lyric: “forgiveness can you imagine…”) The clans have a history of vicious war and revenge on each other. Each is blinded to the other’s suffering. True peace comes when one acknowledges their part in such atrocities. I love how coming to peace in this book is very complex and forgiveness takes time.
Overall, this book is utterly charming and was able to grant me a little Christmas spirit. I will definitely be checking out more books by this author! I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and it is available TODAY!!