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Scotland was a land divided. The rightful Stuart had been driven into exile in France, his country ruled by the dour Presbyterians who had ridden into power on the coattails of Oliver Cromwell's rise to power in England. All who opposed them were rebels and outlaws,to be hunted down and branded as traitors. And the man with the highest price on his head was Monleigh.Anne LScotland was a land divided. The rightful Stuart had been driven into exile in France, his country ruled by the dour Presbyterians who had ridden into power on the coattails of Oliver Cromwell's rise to power in England. All who opposed them were rebels and outlaws,to be hunted down and branded as traitors. And the man with the highest price on his head was Monleigh.Anne Lindsay met him first on the windswept moors, though when first she saw him she had no idea who he might be. She knew only that he was handsome and that he did something to her heart, that here was the one man who could bring warmth and happiness into a life seemingly forever chilled by the bleakness of her early childhood. . ....

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ISBN : 10145197
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Number of Pages : 309 Pages
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my lord monleigh Reviews

  • Karla
    2019-04-04 17:57

    Anne Lindsay is a 23-year old spinster serving as "lady's companion" to Margaret Clennon. The Clennons are Covenanters (upholding Presbyterianism as the sole faith of Scotland) and a pious, unlikeable lot. Anne was orphaned during the English Civil War and her poverty forces her to be content with whatever respectable employment she can get, so she puts up with a great deal from her mistress Margaret. One day she escapes the oppressive household and encounters Simon Stewart, the Lord of Monleigh, while walking along the shore. He's the subject of many rumors, including killing his young wife and having a passel of bastards scattered over the countryside. His castle Torra is rumored to be the site of unbridled orgies and satanic (i.e., Catholic) iniquities. But, to Anne, he's a dark and mysterious man relaxing on the moors among the natural forces that seem to embody him. Their courtship begins, with him making it clear that he has one end in sight. Anne knows it will come and wants to be possessed by him, but is conflicted about what that makes her as a person. Good girls should stay away from men like Monleigh, but she cannot stop herself from sneaking out to meet him. Complicating matters is the long-standing bad blood between Monleigh and the Clennons, and Anne winds up in the middle of the fight.This was a beautiful and rich romance from beginning to end. It's "old school" in the manner of historical romance from the 1950s and 60s. The sex is phrased in terms of emotions rather than tactile things (body parts/scents/etc.), and the wait for "The Moment" seems very long in coming although the time span of the entire book is a month at most. The romance is all about the courtship, as Anne and Monleigh's meetings and conversations serve as a type of foreplay. She's uncertain about succumbing to him, and he is very patient knowing that he will eventually have what he wants - not to say that he doesn't do a wealth of things that disconcert her unbearably. When he does so, it only makes the flame brighter to Anne's moth.Monleigh is an awesome hero - he's dark, brooding, secretive, and alpha. He raids the English by night to use the gold to pay the unfair taxes that allow him to keep Torra. Robbing from the English to pay the English. Bwahaha! I love him. He has the courtly manners to woo a lady but offers a girl a dangerous good time in the bargain. Anne, drudge to the complaining Margaret, yearns for adventure and so Monleigh is worth running the risk of discovery and damage to her reputation.Anne is a more difficult character to like because at times she suffers from meek indecision, although she is very believable. She suffers all kinds of doubts about her own courage and fortitude, and is very quick to put herself down when she shows weakness. She is flirting with a life that she has only dreamed about, so when she actually experiences it, she discovers that she isn't as strong as she fancied. Monleigh's penchant for brutal honesty adds to her doubts about herself - while he doesn't say anything, she believes that he finds her lacking and thus thinks she's beating him to the punch in putting herself down. Does that make her sound like a doormat? She's not really, because going against the rigid dictates of the sanctimonious Clennon gang would require quite a bit of gumption - and she does that on the sly multiple times. Imagine yourself in an environment where religious ratfinks are all too happy to denounce you to the local Vice Squad for smiling at the wrong time or wearing a flashy color. (And we, the lucky USA, got boatloads of this ilk in the 1600s.)Most of the book is Anne and Monleigh meeting up for an afternoon or evening, each small glimpse of his life convincing Anne that he is not the spawn of Satan. For a girl shut up in a house with a family that looks down on dancing and shuns bright colors, an afternoon dancing with Monleigh and his men in a bright gown smuggled from the Continent is like getting drunk. I loved these leisurely scenes and the gradual romance that unfolded between them, and the sexual chemistry was very present. Sometimes it's nice to feel the passion without being shown every last inch of flesh.If you like the Courtship Romance, I don't think you could go wrong with picking this up -- especially with scenes like this:"It would be very unwise," I said at last, "for me to ride with you.""Very unwise," he agreed."I've no way of knowing your intentions." "None whatsoever.""You may be plotting more wickedness.""We may, indeed.""It is doubtless improper, as well as dangerous, for me to remain in such infamous company.""Doubtless," he said gravely."On the other hand," I said, "my character is reasonably virtuous and untainted. I see no reason to fear it would be corrupted by your guilt."Despite the story's point of view being First Person, I didn't get annoyed with it like I have with other books. I think the richness of the prose had something to do with it. It's on the less adjective-heavy side of Kathleen Woodiwiss while still being very evocative of the Scottish countryside and the atmosphere of two very different households (the strict Clennons vs. the joyous freebooters at Torra). Also I think the choice of narrator benefited Monleigh, because the reader sees him through Anne's eyes with all of her romantic expectations and unwelcome disappointments.Speas also sucks the reader in from Page 1 by setting up the story with a Prologue that has Anne finding out Monleigh is due to hang. The story then begins with how she met him. Eventually the story meets up with the prologue and comes to a conclusion, wrapping up with a few beautiful closing paragraphs:We will be forgotten, no one will know how it happened and no one will care.But you who have read these words may, after all, see him as I see him. You may nod your head and say, "Yes, I understand why she loved him."You will know, for I have told the truth of it all, what happened at Torra in that dark year of Cromwell's rule, and why we did as we did, and the strange passions ruling the four of us, Walter Clennon, his sister Margaret, Monleigh, and myself. You will have decided for yourself, I warrant, which of us was the sinner, after all.And need you ask, now that the tale is done, what became of them, the two who loved so unwisely and so well? Need you wonder, How did it go with them, how was it in the end?

  • Marquise
    2019-04-08 17:20

    At first, I was fearful this would turn out to be just one of those ridiculous Highlands romances, but fortunately it wasn't so. This was a lovely story, with a very long-fuse romance that takes its sweet time to come to fruition (so readers must be patient, the payoff is good), and well-rounded characters. The plot centres more on the growth of the heroine, who is also the narrator, and there's just kisses and vague mentions in passing of more going on between the couple, so for those who like their romances clean, this should be right up their alley.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-04-10 00:07

    A Beautifully Written, Poignant Love Story From the Scottish Highlands in the late 17th Century This is set in the Scottish Highlands in the late 17th century (mostly on the west coast) during the time when the Scots fell under Cromwell’s cruel hand as King Charles lived in exile in France. The Catholic Royalists, such as our hero, Lord Monleigh, faced opposition from both the English and the Covenanters (Scottish Presbyterians). The story has a melancholy feel that persists as 23-year-old spinster, Anne Lindsey, who lost her parents and then her relatives with whom she was living, is forced to live with staunch Covenanters who treat her like a servant. As the tale begins, Simon, the Earl of Monleigh, who Anne knows, is in prison in Edinburgh awaiting death while Anne’s benefactors look forward to his execution. Anne looks back at her memories of Lord Monleigh, beginning with the night she met him on the moors high above the ocean, and the rest of the story unfolds.Monleigh is man who can be a wise, though at times hard, leader of his clan, fighting to restore his king, but at the same time a charismatic charmer of the lasses. When he focuses his attentions on innocent and beautiful Anne, she has no will to resist. He exposes her to adventure, music and passion she has not known, but has longed for. He believes he has rescued her from a dismal life, but he has also exposed her to danger, and he offers her no future. He is hunted by the English for his raiding and smuggling, something he does to pay the high English fees levied on the Scots, and knows the noose is tightening about his neck. In Anne’s own words: “He had enthralled me, bewitched and enraptured me; and I knew I played a dangerous and deadly game by so giving myself into his keeping. He was no god, in truth, or even godly. He was only a man, a mere mortal, who went in leather breeks and a dark cloak lined with scarlet, wearing a long sword at his side and a wicked blue dirk in his belt—who felt anger, boredom, indifference, who loved and hated as other men; who stood taller than most and held his dark head with a greater pride.”The story is told through Anne’s perspective and in the first person, and somehow that seemed to fit. It is beautifully written with near magical dialog and tender emotions on every page. I cannot recommend it highly enough to those who love the deep historicals from Scotland. It’s a keeper.Should you wish to acquire it, at the moment, you will have to buy it used and in paperback, but trust me, it will be worth it. And while you’re at it, I recommend getting Bride of the MacHugh, also by Speas, and equally good (see my review).

  • Misfit
    2019-04-03 15:59

    Very cool. This just popped up on my PBS wishlist as available. Woohoo!

  • SamuraiKitty
    2019-04-20 23:17

    A great story, a favorite book.

  • Katherine
    2019-03-26 16:10

    The historical romance, My Lord Monleigh, is now sadly out-of-print and so sought after that the price of a copy can be prohibitive; but so worth it if you're lucky enough to come across one. I'm not a big fan of romance books, not because I don't like romance, but simply because anymore too often they read as silly and predictable, and frankly are more about steamy encounters and explicit scenes (No thank you!) than they are about love or anything of substance. And I might add that the number one criteria for me is that a book needs to be well-written. Which unfortunately doesn't seem to be a high priority in many of the romance books that are currently so highly lauded. However this, this is a romance book I can love. Here you find well-drawn characters, a wonderful plot, and a story of passion. Yes, passion, but with meaning and substance. Reading this made me wish Jan Cox Speas had written a whole shelf of books, instead of just four. Highly recommended (if you can find a copy)!

  • Mary
    2019-04-16 21:04

    I'd have to put this maybe in the middle of the Jan Cox Speas books. The plot is more clear than Bride of the McHugh, not as clear as My Love, My Enemy. More suspenseful than the latter, about the same as Bride of the McHugh. Speas also in this book leaves you a bit offstage wondering what is happening, but still, it's worth a read. You'll understand it better if you know more about Scottish history than I do. The characters are well-drawn, he's another alpha hero, but there were times I wanted to slap him silly. Anne Lindsay isn't the kind of strong-willed female we're used to today, but she gets better as the book goes on. I guess that's what we want, growth. But the suspense is great, and you are really transported back in time, where women had no say in who they married. Makes one glad one lives in the modern world!

  • Joan
    2019-03-28 22:57

    One of my all time favorite reads.

  • Ellenb
    2019-04-24 16:12

    An old favorite. Read it years after Bride of the McHugh

  • Sasha
    2019-03-29 19:22

    "He had appraised himself honestly, and in doing so had found the honesty of greater value than the sum of the appraisal.” - (pg. 295)I have so many conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was a rather complex romance with well thought out and carefully crafted characters (and no graphic scenes whatsoever, yay for old romances!). On the other, it was a deeply flawed and dated book, with views/characterizations of men and women from another era. Some of the language used to describe a certain scene was so jarringly wrong that I almost stopped reading, even if it wasn't considered such a big deal when the book was written and wasn't what the author meant to convey.But I ended up enjoying the book quite a bit. Things really picked up in the last 90 or so pages and a lot of hidden motives for things were revealed in the end. I realized that I'm a huge fan of hidden motives, as it makes the characters and their actions so much more interesting. This book also strongly reminded me of Karen Marie Moning's books, with Anne and Monleigh's relationship dynamic/characterization sort of mirroring that of Mac and Barrons. I would not at all be surprised to learn that Moning had read this and drew upon it heftily for inspiration. I kept feeling like this book acted as a precursor to her series.Overall, I'm not sure what to rate this. I felt like the last third/quarter of the book was worthy of 5 stars, but there were also parts of it that I'd give 1 star. Settling for 3/3.5 stars, though may bump to 4 upon further consideration.Note -- for the people who desperately want to read this but don't want to shell out the $100 bucks necessary to obtain a copy since it's been out of print so long, there is an electronic copy of the book that can be borrowed from the Internet Archive: Soundtrack:- She Remembers - Max Richter- I Feel Alive - Ramin Djawadi- Justice - Patrick Doyle- I'm Here, The House - Fernando Velazquez- Lord M - Martin Phipps- End Credits - Dan Jones, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Shelby Thompson
    2019-04-08 00:27

    This is possibly the most heartbreaking and frustrating three (more like a 2.5) star I’ve ever dished out. I bought this because I liked the cover and expected it to be so garbage it was comical. Then I started reading it and for 189 pages I was so gripped and so impressed by the writing and was sure it would be a five star read. But then this thing happened, and I was so angry, and it just got a little bit worse from there. The writing style is beautiful, the imagery so clear, the plot had so much potential! Sadly it’s not a timeless read and the problems that were through out most books written during its time are heeeaaavvveeeyyyy in this one.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-10 18:26

    This is still today my all time favorite book. I think it is because Jan Cox Speas wrote such a beautiful story. A lot of the books written in 1954 were very sexist and this book spoke volumes to me about Simon Stewart - Lord Monleigh wanting the heroine Anne Lindsey to choose to live her own life. She has always been dependent on someone and he simply wants her to make her own decisions. This is a very simple synopsis and it is very different from the stories today in which sex (don't get me wrong, I love a good hot love story!) is very prevalent but even with lack of sex and steamy scenes, you felt the chemistry between these two. I have the original hard cover and also the paperback. Very hard to fine but if you get a chance I would highly recommend.