1821. Major Gabriel Forrester, soldier and hero of battles against Napoleon, suddenly finds himself banished to England by a sympathetic Wellington. Why? Because he's apparently the next in line to a title that encompasses many responsibilities as Gabriel, the new Duke of Lattimer is finding out. That dukedom has Gabriel taking point and forging into the Scottish Highlands to seek answers to issues. When Gabriel's highlander steward deigns not to answer his solicitors' questions, it's time for the 'major' to take charge.
Amongst his first acquaintances is Fiona Blackstock, an intriguing puzzle, and if that's not enough, the curse and history of his Scottish lands is reaching out from the past into the present. Part of the Maxwell clan became tenants and holders on the Lattimer property back in the past, and highlanders don't forget the wrongs around properties that the English crown parcelled out in previous times.
Fiona does all she can to have the Duke quit and return to his English concerns, but she's reckoned without Gabriel's determination, skills and ability to get alongside people. Gabriel is no softly bred lord. Neither did she foresee the attraction that burgeons between them.
A dilemma for more than one concerned party. Can the hero of battles on the continent win the battles his highland property will disclose?
A fascinating clash of wills add spice to this story.
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