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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Royal Mile by Mary Daheim - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About The Book:

The Royal Mile ($18.95, 400 pages., Camel Press), a novel by Mary Daheim, is set in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots. A young girl left destitute by her father’s death meets a pirate in the service of the Queen.

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 accidentally 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.

My Thoughts:

Romance and royalty, Passion and pirates, Intrigue and lust - what more could you want in a historical romantic fiction!  Mary Daheim has all this and more in her novel, "The Royal Mile."

Daheim, who is also well known for her Alpine and Bed-and-Breakfast mystery series, wrote several historically based romances when she was first starting out, and she has re-released these for her reader's reading pleasure.  "The Royal Mile" was just that, a pleasure to read.  I'm a big fan of royalty-themed stories, and when you add in a dashing Scottish pirate and a lovely and feisty heroine, then you have the makings of a fun read.

Loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the fast-paced story.  I highly recommend this for fans of romantic adventures!

About The Author:

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. Visit her website at www.marydaheim.com

The Royal Mile was originally published in 1983 under the title, Love’s Pirate.

My thanks to the publisher, Camel Press, for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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