Eloisa James’ recent B&N Review column brought this tried-and-true romance premise into focus, and this week we’re fortunate to take a closer look at what happened back in the day when women were married off for political purposes.
Lucy Monroe's Moon Craving is the second in her "Children of the Moon" series, about a breed of Scottish warriors who have the ability to shapeshift. They’ve assimilated into human clans for survival, and, in many cases, have risen in the ranks to laird because of their innate fighting acumen and total, overall alpha-ness.
It’s here that I’ll just say you don’t get more alpha than a shape-shifting Scot!
For me the most interesting part of this book is the heroine, Abigail. She’s been offered to Talorc, leader of the Sinclair clan, in the place of her sister Emily, who wed a rival leader in the first "Children of the Moon" book, Moon Awakening. Abigail’s proposed marriage is meant to smooth over difficulties between the Scots and the English, but she has a secret, as so often heroines do.
Abigail is deaf, and has been since she was ten. With the help of her sister she learned to read lips and hide her condition. Back in the day deafness could be seen as proof of demonic possession and its discovery could ruin her marriage and possibly cost her life. Now Abigail must travel to a land she doesn’t know, to a husband who detests the English (and unbeknownst to her, is a wolf,) and all without an ally to help her “hear” when people speak to her.
Sounds like quite a lot to overcome, no? Lucy Monroe, the lady who’s come up with this thrilling story, is visiting Romantic Reads all week long to discuss her influences, her jack-of-all-trades book list, and why a woman married off to a foreigner all for political friendliness was so common in the time Moon Craving takes place. Click here to join the conversation.
That, of course, isn’t all we’re discussing this week. I’m asking posters who want to re-instate the New Release Tuesday thread to please say so here, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has gotten some love, and we’re wondering what are each other’s favorite movies.
See you next week, and until then, happy reading!
Can you think of other books where the hero or heroine lives with a disability? Why do you love to read about characters like these finding love?
Becke Davis’s Month of Romantic Suspense continues today with guest Allison Brennan.
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