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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Bilson

Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby

Set in the turbulent years while Robert the Bruce fought to unify all of Scotland under his rule, this is a beautifully researched and well-written Scottish romance. Unlike many other authors, Diana Cosby doesn't go overboard with the Scottish accent, and the result is a smooth reading experience where I want constantly having to mentally translate the dialect as I read.

Gwendolyn is a charmingly feisty heroine, an excellent match for the former Knight Templar Aiden, and though they get off to the rockiest possible start where he not only enters her castle under false pretenses, but then marries her in another man's name, nothing feels too contrived for the sake of plot. Every action taken is what follows logically from what went before, with no suspension of disbelief required.

Though I found a few minor typos, this was an ARC and they may well have been corrected in the final version for publication. I'd highly recommend this one to anyone who likes their Highland romances well backed up with good research and excellent writing. Five stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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