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Release day: The Prodigal Laird

12 March 2019

Today is the official release of The Prodigal Laird by Vanda Vadas (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

His marriage might cease decades of hostilities between two clans, but that doesn’t mean he wants it─or his bold new wife who is keeping secrets of her own.

Roderick MacLeod arrives in his native Scottish Highlands to pay brief respects to his recently deceased father─the man Roderick blames for the death of his English mother. But before he can return to England, he is saddled with two responsibilities he never asked for: the title of Laird of Clan MacLeod and an unwanted marriage, by proxy, to the daughter of a rival laird.

Annabel MacDonald thought she had the perfect marriage; her husband’s continued absence allowed her independence and the freedom to secretly hide and abet the escape of her fugitive clansmen. When the husband she’d never met shows up, she must convince him to return to England before he uncovers her many secrets, and perhaps her heart.

Vanda dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

The Prodigal Laird is set in the Scottish Highlands, one year after the Battle of Culloden, fought on Drumossie Moor near Inverness on 16 April 1746. On that fateful day, and in less than an hour, hundreds of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces lost their lives on the battlefield against the Hanoverian forces commanded by the Duke of Cumberland. I’ve visited Drumossie Moor on two separate occasions and stood before individual stones marking the very place where collective clan members fell during the battle. It’s easy to understand why one’s emotions stir when giving thought to the hundreds of kilted men whose blood soaked the marshy soil. What of those clansmen who managed to escape? Research, subsequent to my visits, revealed that those who fought in, and fled the battle were hunted down and killed. This begged the question, Each and every escapee? The Prodigal Laird was borne of two wonderful words: What if? Take a laird whose loyalty to Scotland and England is tested and divided from birth and marry him to the seditious daughter of a rival clan laird. Best I stop here, lest I give too much away. I invite you to immerse yourself in the wild splendour of Scotland at a time when the Jacobites’ devastating defeat at Culloden affected the future of the Highlands.

You can find out more about this book at Vanda’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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