Border Moonlight

Romance - Historical
432 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Lady Sibylla Cavers is determined to pick her own husband or never to marry.  She’s rejected everyone her father has brought before her.  She made it part way to the altar with Lord Simon Murray and purposely embarrassed him.  When Sibylla sees a small child drowning she impulsively jumps in the Tweed River.  Both she and the child are on the verge of drowning when Murray rescues them both.

Simon and Sibylla are attracted to each other but his ego is hurt and he’s not ready to forgive.  Sibylla sees no reason to offer an apology.  

The reader watches the passion slowly build between Simon and Sibylla.  Both are strong willed and don’t want to give an inch.  I liked them both.  I love medieval romances.  Amanda Scott includes a lot of history in her books.  I can do with less history and more passion.

Cheryl K

You could call Lady Sibylla Cavers the original runaway bride. Lady Sibylla had already left three men at the altar, one of the men being Simon Murray, Laird of Elishaw. Sibylla's feels quickly change for Simon when together they rescue a little girl from drowning in the river. Just because Sibylla sees Simon differently does not mean she is ready to become his wife.

Simon still feels a little embarrassed and his ego bruised from Sibylla's rejection of him. He won't admit that to her. The longer Sibylla and Simon keep company with each other, the more intense the passion between them increases. Neither one of them wanting to give an inch but they just might have to band together. A battle may erupt when Border activities arise and could disrupt Scotland's truce with England.

I found Sibylla and Simon to be very likeable characters. I admire females who are strong and independent like Sibylla. Simon being a Lord could have been stuck up but he wasn't. He was nice, dashing and caring. Border Moonlight is the second book I have read now by author, Amanda Scott. She writes Scottish novels. She is great at her craft. She brings her characters to life in her books in addition to having the perfect romantic setting...Scotland. You can't go wrong with an Amanda Scott novel.

Willow Brook

I enjoy Amanda Scott's historicals. Not that I'm an expert on Medieval Scottish history or culture, but she appears to have done a great deal of research. At times, I get bogged down in the politics and convoluted intrigues. Otherwise, I really like reading how Scottish/English (hence the "Border" in so many of her titles) nobles lived their day to day lives. And I really, really like that I was born in modern times. :-)

Her books are Romance but very sedate as far as sex scenes go. Scott really seems to writes her characters as people of their time. So her heroes do not fall into the Enlightened Man category and while they may mellow a bit by the end of the book, they still see women as subservient to men and under their control. Scott's heroines are intelligent, often very bold, even pushy women who chafe under society's restrictions but they understand that there are limits to how much they can do as they would like. So they work within those limits to achieve their goals.

In Border Moonlight, gutsy Sybilla (from ages 14 - 16 she refused three marriages her father arranged) ends up getting to know one of her rejected bethrotheds a few years after leaving him at the alter. As she comes to see a different, kinder side to Simon's cold, domineering ways, he begins to appreciate her intelligence and ingenuity. There is give and take as the relationship develops and as they face a variety of threats to their happiness, holdings and even lives.

It was nice to see the two characters grow and change both as individuals and in their interactions with each other. I found Border Moonlight an enjoyable read about two very likable people who build a relationship and strategy for survival in a challenging environment.

J. Mueller

I know Amanda Scott, and have nearly all her books. I felt this one is one of her best. The conflict between the two characters is marvelous! And the Scottish history within, which I do know a lot about, puts me right back into bonnie Scotland. Three cheers for Amanda!

Jody Allen

Ms. Scott has shown that she is a master storyteller with the ability to create a storyboard that spans three books, and provides the reader with a unique experience to the very the end. What I appreciated about this book is she didn't give the reader the typical "highland canna/dinna" book, her characters were Scots of the Borders/Lowlands and the reader knew that because of the language. Her command of the syntax of the Scots language was exceptional, and though at times it did bog the story down a bit, it also added so much texture to the telling of the tale that it was wonderful feast of language.

She provides the reader with a heroine who has believable internal and external conflicts right up front that the reader can identify with right from the beginning. Sibylla is a headstrong and opinionated lass but not a shrew, and Ms Scott gave her a hero who set out not to tame but to enjoy all those traits that made her who she was and to be the man for her. Sibylla, of the three in the series, is the one who is quiet in her actions but in the end she must be heard, much to the frustration and love of her hero. And though it did take her hero a while to listen/understand her, his journey, for the reader was a delight. In his quiet way he knows she is the one woman who was his equal. I thought of the three stories in this series, this couple complimented each other the best and would love to see them reappear again in the future books.

Along with the Romance she provides the reader with a mystery both from within and without and ties up all the loose ends in a satisfyingly and realistic way. Bottom line there are a lot of Scottish romances out there, with most set in the highlands, but no one has a grasp on the lore, love and the true history of Borders of Scotland like Ms Scott. When you read her books you are there with each scene.

It is nice to know this last book in the trilogy has the ability to stand-alone so well. But if you are new to Ms Scott's Border trilogy you may want to read them in order: ...BORDER WEDDING, BORDER LASS and BORDER MOONLIGHT. Can't wait to see what Ms. Scot has in store for the reader in her next Scottish Border trilogy.

Theresa M. Studer

Border Moonlight by Amanda Scott is one of the rare books that will actually make you want to say Yay for the heroine's independence or cringe with embarrassment when she's confronted with her past. They say your past always catches up with you and our heroine finds this out the hard way. LOL!

Lady Sibylla Cavers is without fear, spunky, headstrong and very pretty. She is so independent that when her father arranges to have her married off three times, she jilts her bridegrooms at the alter. Our Lady is bound and determined to stay single and no one person is going to capture her heart or so she thinks.

Simon Murray is the Laird of Elishaw and swears an oath on the day of his supposed wedding to make his was to be bride pay for jilting him no matter how long it takes. Just a lad of eighteen at the time makes the sting of being rejected all that much more painful. Even still, Simon is a man of honor, means and quite handsome. He really has grown into the epitome of the perfect man and his mother as well as the King are determined to have him married off as soon as they can manage it.

Our story starts out with two youngsters trying to escape the peril of a raging river and Lady Sibylla trying her best to save the first of them. Along comes our Laird Elishaw to witness the bravery or is it recklessness of our Lady as the scene unfolds before him. He rushes down the river in time to pull both Sibylla and the first child to safety. They recognize each other immediately but he doesn't let on to Sibylla that he does indeed know who she is.

Our author gives us a delightful story of stubbornness, tenderness, loyalty, deceit and true love. The perilous danger in the beginning only increases with each twist and turn of our novel. Will Lady Sibylla and her sister ever escape the future that their father has set forth for them? Will living on the borderlands of England and Scotland be the cause of treachery and deceit that could cost a child her very life? Will there be a happy ending and love for our estranged couple? Read and find out.