Welcome to week five of Medieval Monday and our ongoing theme of Family! The lovely Cathy and DD MacRae are here to share a snippet from her book, The Highlander's Crusader Bride. And if you're following along with my snippets, hop on over to Cathy's blog here and leave a comment there for a chance to be entered in my giveaway.
“There is some reason he does not wish us to wed—though he has not said why,” she murmured. Caelen relaxed his weight onto his seat.
“Lady Arbela has agreed to become my wife,” he said, placing a hand on Bram’s shoulder. “Do ye have something ye wish to say?”
Bram continued to stare at his lap. The soft curve of his cheek glistened. Arbela’s heart clenched.
“Why does this distress ye so, Bram?” she asked. “I thought we were friends.”
He kicked the table leg. Caelen cleared his throat and Bram hunched lower in his seat.
“Would ye care to speak of this in the laird’s solar?” Arbela motioned to the room off the great hall. Bram shook his head, mute.
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Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry. After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is recalled to Scotland, the last son available to take up leadership of clan MacLean. He brings with him knights, treasure, trade—and a daughter of marriageable age. Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, is cynical about women. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away. He has agreed to marry again—against his better judgement—for the men, means and coin to recover from a devastating pestilence that all but wiped out his clan. Though more than a little resentful at finding himself forced to remarry, Caelen’s proposal to Donal MacLean’s headstrong daughter nevertheless piques her interest. Each will receive what they want most from life—the ability to live as they please without interference from a meddling spouse. But their marriage of indifference will soon change to one of passion that neither Arbela nor Caelen could have predicted.