The Bowie Bride
Book Two of The Mackintoshes and McLarens
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The saga of the Mackintoshes and McLarens continues with The Bowie Bride.
Alec Bowie never wanted to be chief – of any clan, let alone the rag-tag band of thieves and ne’er-do-wells he’d been born in to. Neither had he ever wished for a wife. But after the death of his brother, not only is he made chief, he finds he must also marry.
Leona MacDowall – also known as Leona Odd Eyes, Leona the witch, or Leona the tetched - never thought she’d be married, least of all to anyone like Alec Bowie. Depending on who one asked, her chances of ever finding a husband were next to nil. But when her chief asks for a volunteer to marry the chief of the Bowie clan in order to bring peace between them, she rises to the occasion.
“I never wanted to be chief, but I accept that responsibility wholly and with great respect. This marriage, if ye agree to it, will never be a love match. ’Tis simply the best way I ken how to obtain peace fer me clan.”
She was quiet for the longest time. Her eyes searched his, looking for, he supposed, any sign of deceit or treachery. “Are ye tryin’ to talk me out of marryin’ ye?”
He could be brutally honest or skirt the truth. He chose the latter. “I merely be tryin’ to warn ye what ye would be gettin’ yerself in fer, with me as a husband.”