Also in this series: Beloved Imposter
Series: Beloved Trilogy #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on February 7th 2006
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
With Beloved Impostor, a novel "wrought with emotion, tender in its telling, and heart-wrenching in its beauty" (The Best Reviews), bestselling author Patricia Potter launched a trilogy of three Scottish brothers bound by a dark destiny. Now, she returns with the story of Lachlan Maclean, a man who has lost his past and faces an uncertain present of peril and an impossible love.
Once Kimbra Charlton rode side by side with her bandit husband. But after his untimely death, she has lived at the mercy of his thieving clan. To protect her daughter and keep her home, she must follow their wishes, even if it means scavenging from the bodies of the dead on a battlefield. But when she comes across a wounded Scottish warrior, she cannot leave him to die...
Unable to remember anything about his past, Lachlan Maclean is haunted by fleeting images of violence and betrayal even as he is nursed by the spirited English widow, who hides him in her cottage and heals his wounds. The feelings that Kimbra stirs in his broken soul give him the will to survive. And though Lachlan is her sworn enemy, Kimbra slowly warms to his quiet strength. But a Scotsman killed her beloved husband—how can another claim her heart?
Kimbra Charlton was unlike the other women of her acquaintance. Kimbra is daring and once rode with her late husband on raids and their short time together was precious and then once she had given birth to her daughter, her child became her priority. When her husband is killed, she is at the mercy of their clan and her husband’s cousin Cedric who would rule their home with abuse. Desperate to keep feeding her daughter, she goes with others to Scavenge from the dead from a recent battle. While searching, she finds a live injured man, who is Scottish. She can’t bear to have him killed so she secretly brings him back to her home, a man that doesn’t have any memory of who he is or where he has come from. As Kimbra starts to aid Lachlan into healing, she knows that despite their feelings for each other, she doesn’t know how they could be together. She is English and he is a Scot, but can she give her heart to a man that may abandon her when she needs him most?
Beloved Stranger is the second book in the trilogy, and I have just started reading books from this author, and have fallen in love with her writing style. When I started reading this I didn’t know what to expect, especially since I loved the first book. Once I started reading Beloved Stranger I literally couldn’t put this one down, and I didn’t, not once. I was so involved in the story, I refused to go to bed until I found out what happened, and boy was I satisfied by the ending. The story is riveting from the beginning, and I loved seeing these two together. Kimbra is a fighter, and I loved seeing her ingenuity with the circumstances she is put in. I really was charmed by her little girl, that had me wrapped around her finger, definitely made me want to have a child just like her, she was very endearing. Lachlan was the perfect hero. He was caring, protective, and loving. I loved how he treated Kimbra and Audra. And once he gains his memory, he becomes even more hero worthy in my book. I enjoyed seeing these characters interact with one another, and I loved how powerful their connection is to each other.
Overall a outstanding romance that won my heart! Beloved Stranger is a powerful and riveting story that flows with emotion and vivid detail, with distinctive characters, a compelling blend of desire, danger and historic detail. A ENCHANTING PAGE TURNER!!!