After a vicious battle in Scotland claims the life of her grandfather, Sabrina Verrick and her siblings Mary and Richard escape to England to their family home. Their father has been absent most of their lives, having no use for children. Sabrina makes it her duty to provide for her siblings, dressing up as a Scotsman and calling herself Bonnie Charlie. Robbing from the rich, Sabrina takes in a handsome fortune. In one unlucky confrontation, Sabrina is wounded and her life is at stake.
Lucien, the Duke of Camareigh, instantly lusts after the fiery young vixen who masquerades as Bonnie Charlie. He will stop at nothing to make her love him, even if he must force her into a marriage she does not want.
If this synopsis sounds familiar to you, you may have already read it. Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain was first published in 1977, and is now back in circulation with an attractive new cover and publisher. I was drawn to the idea of strong heroine, one who does not conform to the standards of her society. However, she was really bitter and hateful throughout the whole novel. She doesn’t really grow as a character, or even grow softer once she has a child. Lucien is arrogant and deceitful, and I hated how he took advantage of Sabrina’s memory loss to get her to marry him. Their relationship was built on nothing but lies, and I did not find this story to be romantic at all.
This was my first experience with Laurie McBain’s writing, and it will be my last. I’m glad I gave it a shot, but the bad far outweighed the good in terms of her characterization and pacing. Several times I found myself having to read passages again or forgetting who specific characters were.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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