COME THE MORNING by Shannon Drake


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Hardcover debut by Drake, who also writes contemporary and historical romances as Heather Graham and Heather Graham Pozzessere. In this first of a series—a chronicle about the Graham family of Scotland’s Highlands that begins in the 12th century—Waryk de Graham, knighted as Lord Lion, sides with King David to repel the Norman, English, and Viking invaders. His reward is an arranged marriage with headstrong, wayward, immature Mellyora MacAdin, daughter of a Viking and a Gaelic noblewoman. Both bride and bridegroom are reluctant: he had hoped to marry his longtime mistress; she wants only to be a warrior defending the land of her ancestors. Like the shrewish Kate and lordly Petrucchio, the two battle constantly—knives, oars, and fists are among the preferred weapons—before discovering the futility of resisting the king’s decree. The author plays out this contrarious conjunction (“‘I’ll see you in hell!’ she whispered”) for all it’s worth, on and on and on, until morning comes and love breaks through their mutual belligerence hundreds of pages later. Drake makes no effort to expand the genre, but appends a chronology of Scottish history, an endnote lengthily praising her Scottish-American father, and the first chapter of her sequel, Conquer the Night, about another Graham generation. (Doubleday Book Club alternate selection)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-57566-383-X
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Kensington
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1999