Damask Rose by Haywood Smith Review
by EditorSt. Martin's Press, May 1998.
Paperback, 304 pages.
In 1430 Scotland, the MacDougalds and the MacKays have been in a bitter blood feud for years. When his family's home was attacked by the MacDougalds, Tynan MacKay was captured as a small boy and forced to live as a virtual slave to the hated MacDougalds. When the Laird of the MacDougalds finds out that he has a granddaughter who lives on the Isle of Skye with her mother who fled her vicious husband, Tynan is determined to find the granddaughter of his enemy, regain his lands, then kill her to in front of her grandfather, his sworn enemy. Tynan finds the Laird's granddaughter, Nara, and sets out on the long journey to bring her to her death. But what he doesn't count on is the affection and passion he will find with Nara, and he must ultimately choose between love and his vow to his Clan.
Damask Rose is a sweeping historical romance which will thrill lovers of the subgenre. Haywood Smith is brilliant at creating a captivating, haunting atmosphere which seem so real that you can almost see the mists of the Highlands swirling around the couple as they make their way towards their destiny. With blistering passion and an emotional content that will tug at your heart, Damask Rose is a novel that you won't want to end.
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