Dissimulée derrière un bosquet, Alainna MacLaren voit surgir un groupe de cavaliers à la crête d'une colline. Des Normands, à en juger , par leur apparence... Le coeur d'Alainna s'emballe. Ces derniers se risquent rarement dans d'aussi lointaines contrées. Sans doute ont-ils été envoyés par le roi à Kinlochan. Et dans ce cas, l'avenir de la jeune femme et celui de son clan sont en suspens... L'un des chevaux pivote, découvrant le bouclier décoré d'une flèche blanche sur fond d'azur. Ce blason, Alainna l'a vu en rêve, sur un mystérieux guerrier aux cheveux d'or...
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Description en VO :
As the leader of her late-12th-century Highland clan, which has been decimated by war and illness since her father's death, Alainna MacLaren has no choice but to abide by the legend of the Stone Maiden in order to save her Scottish clan from oblivion: she must wed a man willing to adopt her clan name. Since each clan is fiercely protective of the lineage of its proud name, Alainna's mission seems futile. Sebastien de Bret, a Norman knight, who was a nameless infant foundling raised by monks, agrees to protect Alainna's clan in exchange for the land the king will give him. He will even marry Alainna in accord with the king's wishes, but he refuses to relinquish the name he has struggled so hard to establish for himself. King, whose research into the territory and time period is evident, strongly draws readers into the plot and her characters' lives.
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Desperate to save her diminished clan, Alainna MacLaren, heiress to a vast Highland property, seeks a warrior to protect her people—but he must agree to marry her and take her clan's surname.
When the king sends a foreign knight to wed Alainna and gain control of her lands, Sebastien le Bret vows to lend his sword but not his heart—nor will he sacrifice his name and honor. Yet he is powerfully attracted to Alainna—a stone carver of mystical talent—whose pride and passion more than match his own.
But a local legend predicts disaster as time grows short—unless the warrior and the maiden can conquer stubborn pride and give in to the power of love.