This HaBO comes from NerdyLutheranChick who writes:
HABO! I’m looking for a Historical Romance that I read when I was in middle
school (so somewhere between 1993-1996), I originally found it in a box of
books someone gave my mom. I was secretly reading them and paranoid that my
mom would take them away, and so I would read one and put it back in the
box. I wish I hadn’t put this one back in the box! Here’s what I remember
from the plot:
A lowland noble girl (she might have been the daughter of a border lord -
not sure) is betrothed to a Highlander (son of The Laird) when he is a
pre-adolescent (or something) and she is a toddler or small child. He gives
her a gift every year – one year is a jeweled dirk that has some
significance later in the plot (I don’t remember what though.) I think she
doesn’t like him very much and he sees her as a whiny brat and is surprised
when his father says it is time for them to marry. I don’t remember how the
marriage actually happens (in my head I thought it was one way but then I
reread The Secret by Julie Garwood and realized that I had the two
intertwined in my head – I think they were both in that box – also a Flora
Spears Time Travel one) sorry, I got sidetracked.
Anyway, I remember that
she was (of course) super worried about the wedding night (ooh! I think that
may be where the dirk came into play…?) but he teaches her how magnificent
“making love” is and she gets all wanton and passionate at night, but
refuses to like him as a person in the light of day and refuses to wear his
plaid (I think there is an “I belong to no one theme going on..”.
The old Laird is on his deathbed and charms her (reminding her of her father…I
think) and then he dies and she finally wears his plaid for the funeral over
her heart. The next day the New Laird has to go meet his people, and orders
his wife to come with him and she wears his plaid on her bottom and MY
FAVORITE PART happens: The Laird says “Alas, my lass thinks me crass, she
denies me her heart yet offers her…”!!!! I was like 12 or 13 and I
TOTALLY remember that part – I think she was getting on a horse at that
point and that’s when he saw his plaid!
There might have been a part where she helped a crofter deliver a baby but maybe I’m confusing it with another book again… Can you PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help me out?
I misread “dirk” and thought he gave her a jeweled… oh never mind. Plaid underpants beat all. Anyone remember this book?