“Scotland’s Knight: The Rose in the Glade” by Anne K. Hawkinson and Paul V. Hunter

Scotland’s Knight: The Rose in the Glade

Anne K. Hawkinson and Paul V. Hunter
Bowker (2018)
ISBN 9781732017504
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/2021)

“Scotland’s Knight: The Rose in the Glade” is the first book in a series set in medieval Scotland by the writing team of Anne K. Hawkinson and Paul V. Hunter. It’s a classic period romance about a damsel in distress who is rescued by her knight in shining armor.

Sir Lennox Brodie returns to his homeland after fighting in the Crusades still reeling over the loss of his family. He’s withdrawn, scarred ill-tempered, best left alone by all. That all changes when he meets Maggie Weaver a young girl battling her own demons. Can the two come together to heal and perhaps find love again? It won’t come easy as inconceivable obstacles confront them at every turn.

“The Rose in the Glade” is a hidden gem in period romance and I loved traveling back in time to a more chivalrous era. Readers are drawn into the story from the very first pages as the authors take you inside the minds of their protagonists, Maggie, and Sir Lennox Brodie. These characters are genuine and human with flaws aplenty that appeal to the heart and soul. Readers will feel Brodie’s pain as he cries out in despair over the loss of his family, and root for him as he works through his tragedies in hopes he comes out the other side stronger, wiser, and ready to participate in the world of the living again. Maggie’s journey is equally appealing as she slowly steps out of her shell and learns to trust, overcoming unfathomable struggles along the way.

The story flows with style and grace. It’s a relatively short read but packs a powerful punch with vivid imagery, well-developed protagonists, and bad guys you’ll love to hate. It’s a well-written story that is full of adventure that will leave you sweetly satisfied, yet somehow still craving more. As the first in a series, it ticks all the boxes!

“Scotland’s Knight: Rose in the Glade” is the perfect book to snuggle in with on a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea and enjoy the travel back in time. It’s an everlasting tale that will appeal to fans of romance, historical times, adventure, and the struggles of the heart.

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