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Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite
A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly is intended for adult readers due to its passionate scenes. Marlow is a brilliant writer and I read this book in one sitting since I was fascinated by the plot and wanted to see if the characters stay together. The lead characters, Duncan and Isabel, meet in the prison of a castle in darkness. An instant attraction is made clear at the start. Following this, the difficult circumstances under which they are chased after being released by the MacDougall family is full is suspense. The Campbells have an ongoing feud with the MacDougalls, and being a Campbell, Duncan knows that he will die at their hands if caught.
Isabel, though she claims to be going to become a nun, knows how to fight and is feisty. Dressed as a boy since she was fleeing an attack by the English, she feels wholly unattractive and this, accompanied by her shyness, makes her resist his advances. During their escape, they share thrilling and tender moments and get to know each other. Duncan finds that they are a good match, and asks to marry her and promises to protect her. The circumstances under which they return to the Campbell house, the risk in love that Isabel takes, and whether they successfully escape their pursuers and are able to remain in the Campbell clan form the remaining part of the story, for Duncan's brother had appeared to have other marriage plans for him previously.
I enjoyed the portrayal of the spirited but sweet character, Isabel, and identify with her somewhat. Also, Duncan is a lovable hero who is attractive, smart, loyal and sensitive. His ability to recognise true love was truly endearing. Marlow brings an artistic, passionate and spiritual quality to the love that Duncan and Isabel share, which for me is the exact blend of beauty and passion which I appreciate most in romance books. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an exciting and suspense-filled romance. I would even appreciate a second book which follows the characters of Duncan and Isabel after marriage.