"Exciting Scottish historical romance"
In 1351 Dunnedin, Scotland, Lady Anice MacNab, after a long
wait for the return of her betrothed from his exile in
England, marries Alesandra 'Sandy' McKendimen. On their
wedding night her dream turns into a nightmare when her
spouse badly beats her. Fearing retaliation from her
father and his clan, and appalled by his son?s dastardly
deed, Laird Straun McKendimen beats his son, disinherits
him, and sends him to live with his English friends.
Straun chooses his illegitimate son Robert Mathieson as
the new heir in spite of their spat eight years ago over
the sire not acknowledging the lad as his. A reluctant
Robert returns to Dunnedin only to find most of the keep
opposes him as the heir. Worse yet, he finds himself
attracted to Anice, who avoids him like the plague until
she accepts him as her friend. However, to Robert that is
not enough, as he loves the keep?s lady even if she is
married to and carrying the child of his half-brother.
Though not for everyone due to the thick Scottish brogue,
historical romance fans will fully enjoy ONCE FORBIDDEN.
The lead couple is a delightful pair as both warily step
towards one another, but the barriers of the past keeps
them tentatively walking quite slowly. Though Sandy is
depicted as a totally evil wastrel (as are most of the
English), the secondary characters especially the occupants
of Dunnedin provide insight to the two stars. Scottish
historical romance readers wanting a strong tale with
authentic sounding dialogue will enjoy Terri Brisbin?s
powerful relationship drama.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 23, 2002
Anice MacNab barely survived her wedding night. The death
of her husband forces her to flee a new political alliance,
seeking the one man she trusts.
Raised the son of one man, Robert Mathieson discovers he is
the son of the MacKendimen laird. Denied recognition and
refused his heritage, Robert finds himself drawn into the
intrigue surrounding Anice and wanting the one person he
cannot have--the woman he loves.
Robert and Anice's newfound love threatens to expose long-
buried secrets within the Clan MacKendimen and they must
find the strength to fight the darkness that surrounds
them. Will love be enough to unite them forever?