Feya Broon, a Scottish half-gypsy, knows what it is to go hungry. Trapped in the Edinburgh tenements with a father lost to his past and only the faded memory of her mother’s faith, Feya is desperate to provide for her siblings. When an ill-conceived plan leads to thievery, she finds herself in the last place she’d ever want to be—captured by a palace guard. But there’s something about this man that tears at every preconceived notion she’s even had about the haughty English.
Alasdair Cairncross never dreamed he’d be forced to transport a gypsy woman halfway across the wilds of Scotland. The timing is disastrous, considering his fiancée’s imminent arrival and his father’s political goals. Not only that, but the fiery young woman threatens to lay bare secrets Alasdair would rather keep hidden. And yet the farther they travel together, the less concerned he finds himself with duty—both to the crown and to the plans his family has for him.
As their walls begin to crumble, Feya and Alasdair must fight to survive a decades-old feud, a Highland kidnapping, and the awakening of their own hearts.
Meet Feya and Alasdair
Resembles: Karen Gillan
Ethnicity: Half Scots Gypsy
Siblings: Brenna, Gillis, Hamish
Hair: Long and red. Frequently soaked with rain.
Eyes: Dark, ugly brown if you ask her.
Alasdair’s opinion: “Her eyes had bothered him at first, so obviously Gypsy. But then there were moments when he couldn’t help but notice the different shades—amber, cinnamon, chestnut—according to the light or her mood.”
Feya is known to say:
“Why is yer blessed England never enough?”
“How many women have ye wielded that smile upon?”
A fact she brings up during an argument:
“Yer more than daft if ye think the crimes ended with Edward.”
Opinion: People who talk about honor and duty are usually as far away from them as Ben Nevis to the sea.
Resembles: Henry Cavill
Profession: English palace guard
Hair: Black, perfectly combed.
Feya’s opinion of Alasdair’s eyes: “If there was a God, He was taunting her. Probably created the devil Englishman just for this moment, gave him blue eyes that a woman could get lost in, even when they were looking on you hard.”
Alasdair is known to say:
“Do you reckon?”
“Your ability to state the obvious is astounding.”
“Ah, three seconds of silence. A personal record of yours?”
“Don’t you people realize it’s the nineteenth century?”
A fact he brings up during an argument:
He almost died in the shadow of an Egyptian pyramid.
Hates: Vexatious Scottish rain. Being cold. Indian curry.
His general opinion of Scotland: “A storm was coming. And wasn’t that just the Scotland way? When he needed fair weather, it snowed. When a gentle wind would suffice, a man had to gather his coat around him to keep from being stripped and ravaged like a slave.”
About the Author:
Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Covered Deep, has been featured in USA TODAY and Writer’s Digest. You can connect with Brandy via her website, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter.