This is the first book that I have personally read by Amanda Scott, and this review is based entirely on the perceptions of this reviewer. While I enjoyed the story on the whole, there were moments during the reading of ABDUCTED HEIRESS that left me with the sensation that I might have missed something subtle along the way.
In ABDUCTED HEIRESS, Ms. Scott takes us to the misty isles of early 16th century Scotland, during the reign of James V, King of Scots.
The story begins when five year old Molly Gordon and her infant sister, Bessie, are abducted from their mother's care upon the untimely death of her father, Lord Gordon.
Twelve years later, Molly, known as the Maid of Dunsithe, is touted to be the wealthiest heiress in Scotland - unfortunately, no one, including Molly, has seen her fortune since the death of her father.
Living a life of relative freedom and content, her peaceful existence is shattered with the arrival of Sir Finlay Mackenzie - who has come to claim her as his ward, having been granted possession of her wardship by King James himself. He has only to obtain her custody from her current Lord, Donald the Grim.
The romance between the headstrong Molly and equally stubborn Fin transpires slowly, but surely, with a few stolen moments, a bit of political intrigue, some good old-fashioned adventure, and just a touch of fairy magic thrown in to keep things on the right track!
Overall, ABDUCTED HEIRESS is an entertaining read, the characters are enjoyable and lively, and I am looking forward to reading Bessie's story in the upcoming 2nd book of this series - The Secret Clan.
One last item of note - at the very beginning of the book, prior to the story, Ms. Scott supplies the reader with a brief pronunciation guide for some of the locations and names that are primary elements in the storyline. I found this to be a very nice touch!