Rhona Davidson knows her father despises her, but he does the unforgivable when he announces she must marry the man her father blamed for her mother’s death. Rhona agrees to leave Davidson Castle for her intended’s home after her father threatens her brother if she doesn’t comply, but she goes with revenge on her mind. Set in the late 1800s, “Blackwood Crossing” by MK McClintock of Bigfork takes readers to the Scottish Highlands, a land that, with Montana, claims McClintock’s heart.
A few years before her betrothal, Rhona fell in love with Charles Blackwood, who she later learned was working undercover as a British agent and a viscount. After his mission, he left the agency to return for her — only to be definitively rebuffed.
Well, Charles is back with the agency, tasked with seeing Rhona safely to the groom her superiors say she must marry for mysterious “political” reasons. The groom is a laird of “some wealth and consequence, both in Scotland and England” and has connections to figures on the agency’s watch list. He knew there wouldn’t be another woman in his lifetime, and he was prepared to make his life a solitary one, but he never imaged escorting the only woman he had ever loved to another man. When Charles meets Rhona again, she’s consumed with anger.
Charles remained rooted by the window, staring at the woman he’d betrayed and then lost. Tristan had been right. She was his only regret. Her eyes narrowed, staring at him briefly before moving on. Soon it becomes evident their lives are in danger.
Charles must protect the feisty redheaded heiress as her family crumbles. Rhona decides to put her trust in Charles, and tells him, “No one has ever confided in me or given me choices the way you have.”
The characters in “Blackwood Crossing” seemed to take on lives of their own, McClintock wrote. The book is the second in her British Agents series.
“In some ways, they are the strongest ‘people’ I’ve ever known and certainly written,” she said.
“They’re fierce and uncompromising, and if they were to walk this earth, I would be honored to callthem friends.”
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