A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly
Duncan Campbell wakes to discover he is imprisoned with a woman in his enemy’s dungeon in the Highlands of Scotland. The disenchanted warrior hopes his last few moments on earth will be spent in the arms of the sweet-voiced Isabel. If only she will cooperate.
Isabel Douglas has no intention of obliging the crude captive. The penniless noblewoman considers herself too tall and thin to be desirable. She intends to become a nun. But first, disguised as a boy, she must deliver an important letter to Scotland’s hero in hiding, King Robert the Bruce.
Together, the pair make a daring escape that plunges them into the bleak countryside in the middle of winter. In the struggle to survive, they learn the true strength of their feelings for each other. But when Duncan’s animosity towards the king becomes evident, Isabel must decide between her heart and her country.
Duncan Campbell drifted into consciousness and opened his eyes to absolute blackness. He lay perfectly still on the cold, dirt floor listening. A small rustle of fabric echoed in the darkness. He cocked his head, getting a sense of the sound’s location, then rose to his feet.
“Tell me who you are before I tear you apart,” he roared, seizing his opponent. Whoever it was didn’t answer, just silence. A fist punched him on the nose. Pain ricocheted through him, and he grabbed his face. In the dark, he lost his balance and fell in the dirt, cradling his head in his hands.
“Oh my, are you all right?” asked a small voice.
“No, I’m not.”
“You threatened me, and I wanted to give you fair warning I will fight back if you touch me.”
The lyrical voice stunned him. A woman? She spoke Gaelic with a strong, lowland accent. He shook off the pain and asked, “Where am I?”
“Dunstaffnage Castle. Don’t you remember your capture? I’ve heard of people getting a bump on the head and not remembering their own name. Is that what happened to you? Did you bump your head?”
Lord, she was talkative.
“I remember I was hit from behind scouting the bast….Are we in the dungeon?” He rose to his feet.
He grunted. On the bright side he hadn’t gone blind. On the other hand they were in a dank, windowless cell with no hope of escape. There wasn’t even a sliver of light coming through the door.
About the Author
After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters.
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i loved the excerpt
Thanks Amanada, I’m glad you liked it.
My favorite part is the blurb, it keeps me interested and wanting to read more! thank you very much!
Linda, I’m glad you like the blurb, and I have to thank the wonderful marketing people at The Wild Rose Press for doing such a great job writing it.
Loved the excerpt!
I like the excerpt and also the fell you get of the room they are in by the descriptive language! I love historical books!
Thanks Cheryl, I love historicals too. I have to be honest the idea that two people could meet in the dark and be attracted to each other crept into my mind and wouldn’t leave until wrote it down.
I liked the Excerpt!
I’m glad you liked it, Thomas
Brooke, Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. And I apologise for not commenting sooner but I’ve been having trouble leaving comments. It seems to be sorted out now.
Hi Marlow! Thank you for stopping by! Happy to host you on my blog. 🙂
I loved, loved, loved the author bio! What a great sense of humor!
Thank you Melinda, I don’t consider myself someone who can write humor, but in this particular case it’s funny because it’s true. I really don’t like tea which seems outrageous for an English woman.
I like reading excerpts
Thank you DJ
Great author bio.
I enjoyed the excerpt!! I know I would enjoy this book.
Nice excerpt, thanks for sharing.
Thank you Serena, you’re welcome.
I am always Looking for new authors to read. I got introduced to a new one
Joy, you’ve just made my day. I hope you enjoy A Woman of Honour.
Hi Brooke, I want to thank you again for being a host on my book tour. I’ve had a great day on your site. You rock.
You’re quite welcome! 🙂