Mary Daheim The Royal Mile

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The Royal Mile

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As her father lies on his deathbed, Dallas Cameron joins the crowd gathered at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh to witness the triumphant entrance of Mary Stuart into Scotland in 1561. On Dallas way home, she is rescued from a group of lecherous ruffians by a dashing stranger. Iain Fraser escorts her home where Dallas mortally ill father recognizes her savior s name and tells him a secret he has never shared with anyone the identity of Iain s father.  Donald Cameron s death leaves Dallas and her two sisters destitute. She tries to earn money by selling meat pies and family heirlooms, but her efforts are in vain. Taking pity on the poor lassie, Iain spares her further humiliation by giving her a loan. Later, she accidently stumbles across his ship hidden in a cave and discovers that not only is Iain one of Queen Mary s favorite courtiers, but he s also a pirate. To ensure her silence, Iain agrees to marry her, but love isn t part of their strange bargain. She gains respectability and security while he moves on to enjoy his freedom.  Iain s dedication to Scotland and the Queen often takes him away from his wife, whose loyalty wavers during times of loneliness. As Dallas passion is awakened, she realizes that the only man she really loves is her lawful husband. But before they can attempt to heal the emotional wounds they have inflicted on each other, they must first find a way to survive the political and religious turmoil plaguing the dangerous court of Mary, Queen of Scots. First published in 1983 as Love s Pirate.

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Mary Richardson Daheim, a Seattle native, began her publishing career with the first of seven historical romances before switching to mysteries in 1991. Since then she has published at least 55 books.

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At first glance, this paperback exhibits all the conventional attributes of a lush, overblown something-to-read-on-the-plane novel. The jacket blurb is replete with the usual references to "flames" and "desire" and "passionate blood," and the illustration has a decidedly soft-porn tinge. However, since I thoroughly enjoy such delectable stuff, I couldn't wait to read it. Neither should you.
True, all the promised burning lust usually to be found in a "woman's novel" is certainly here, so are the perils and temptations to which our familiar heroine is exposed. But this is most definitely not junk food, nor something merely to pass the time. This novel is utterly perverse in that it upends all my gleeful anticipation of a racy piece of trash written in a breakneck style, with oodles of sexy bits stuffed in to fill in the cracks in the narrative. On the contrary, there are sexy bits galore, the pace is fast and frequently furious, but I have a curious feeling that Mary Daheim aspires to higher things. Could it be, dash it all, the woman is a real writer?
Set in the turmoil of Scottish politics at the time of the unfortunate misunderstanding between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, the plot has twists and turns and intrigue and terror enough to satisfy the most ardent "historical romance" freak. But it has much more than this. The historical matter is most accurately handled, the machinations of the unscrupulous lowland lords and clansmen accord beautifully with known facts, and the staunch resistance of the Highlanders, which was to resurface under Bonnie Prince Charlie, is most sensitively shown. The origins of the tragic schism between Catholic and Protestant in this mournfully beautiful country are shown to have their roots in a most peculiar power struggle, with poor, silly Mary caught in the middle.
So far as the conventions of the trade are concerned, Love's Pirate passes muster. The heroine is suitably smart and brave and passionately virginal. The hero is certainly worth a fantasy or two, and their story is definitely sentimental enough. But this is really only half the story. Dallas Cameron is a very realistic woman, Iain Fraser a complicated and interesting man, and they are good characters because you can imagine meeting them. In fact, you can imagine meeting almost all the people in this book. Sure, go ahead and read this on the plane. Read it by the pool, if you like. Read it like I did, until my eyelids closed of their own accord. Good plot, good characters, good research, good writing. Good grief! H.Z.
--West Coast Review of Books (Rapport Publishing Company), 1983
"Mary Daheim's novels are a rare treat for the lovers of deeply detailed, highly historical love stories that bring history to vibrant life."


--Romantic Times Magazine

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