Lion Heart
by Tanya Anne Crosby, historical (2000)
Avon, $5.99, ISBN 0-380-78575-7

I managed to plough through Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, heavy written Scots accents and all, and love that book dearly. The last Highland romance by Ms Crosby, On Bended Knee have me reaching for the extra-strong Paracetamols on the medicine rack, because the accents are just too indecipherable for a Chinese woman like me who spent approximately two months in total of her life in Scotland.

Add in a huge cast of people whom I suspect are from the previously related Highland novels by this author (I recognized Piers and Meghan from the excellent Lyon's Gift), half of whom I haven't a clue as to who they are, and the other half I'm sure I know them from somewhere. When my convoluted reasoning somehow ends up tying a few guys here with a Highland romance by another author altogether, I give up.

The plot? May I just quote the synopsis? No? Okay. Let's see. I think it's about Broc MacEanraig (did I spell that right?) who can't resist coming to a maiden's aid. Hence, he escorts Elizabet who keeps getting into trouble. So Broc decides to go on lam with her, so to speak, by hiding her. Naturally, lots of problems occur when she goes missing.

Thing is, I have a hard time trying to decipher the accents. Add in the fact that there are just a whole ensemble of cast whose backgrounds are never made clear to me and I just want to scream. If this whole review is unprofessional, please don't sue me. I have a headache, I'm off to bed now. Next time, I'd stick to this author's non-Highland romances.

Rating: 50 (I suspect readers who have followed the whole installment and are more familiar with the accents will have a rollicking time, and heck, I do feel guilty for not being able to make head or tail of this whole story.)

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