Title: Virtue Sons of Scotland, Book 1
Author: Victoria Vane
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval, Scottish
Story Setting: Dunnottar Castle, 1134 A.D.: Portmahomack Monastery, Northern Scotland, 1151 A.D.; Castle Kilmuir, Scottish Highlands
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: September 15, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
A man without a past…
Abandoned at a monastery as a young child, Alexander serves two masters—God and the fading memories of his past life—the one he never got to live. As he nears the day to take his vows, he’s sent on a last sojourn into the real world, but what begins as a test of faith becomes a journey to manhood.
And a woman who doesn’t know her own heart…
Born from the line of two kings, Lady Sibylla Mac William is abandoned by her sire as a child and then ruled illegitimate. Though she lives a happy life under her uncle’s protection, Sibylla craves something more, but never could she imagine losing her heart to the would-be monk who unexpectedly arrives to tutor her brother.
Together, they will forge the future of a kingdom…
When dark secrets from the past come to light, Alex and Sibylla’s fates become inextricably entwined. Will Alex choose the safe and secure path he knows, or will he reject holy orders to embrace his true destiny… and the woman he loves?
My Thoughts: Alexander is a pure soul. He hasn’t experienced the desires of the body. But he understands the Latin words on his dagger, Truth, Valor and Vengeance, a dagger given him by his mother on the last day he saw her when he was only four years old. He’s a man of the heart and very willingly I supported his cause!
His world his rocked with so many events, he knew not before. His understanding of truth no longer holds true. But will his belief in God remain strong? In his essence, he seeks what feels right, even though uncertain of its direction.
His feelings of connection to Lady Sibylla propels the story forward. Her presence awakens the man he could not be. He hasn’t experienced the love of family. He sees it in Lady Sibylla’s. His groin warms when he thinks of the lovely lady. Will they be able to reach beyond the machinations of politics?
Author Vane explains well the intrigues of the times. It’s complicated and dangerous. I learned several Scottish words I hadn’t know before, definitely a plus, since this is Vane’s first book in the Highlands.
Lady Sibylla looks to Alexander, thinking him weak, but subconsciously knowing otherwise.
But deep down, she knew it was strength rather than weakness that drove his action. Alexander was a man of integrity who would only be directed by his own moral code—and that was exactly why she loved him. She understood his need to confront his past, and desperately hoped that, once he had the answers he sought, he would make his way back to her.
Male pride, political conspiracies, and simple love drives the story forward. Lady Sibylla is in the middle of this tangle, a woman unable to direct her own future, which definitely pulls on my heartstrings. Does she have the strength of her forebears to take what she wants?
Much is left unresolved as the book ends. Who will be the next king? Who will be his queen? Where will Vane take us in book two of the series?