The Night Before the Wedding
by Debra Mullins
Debra Mullins has written a lovely historical-paranormal book about destiny, tenacity and unconditional love. The hero in this story is instantly likeable. He is strong, faithful and determined. The kind of guy you always hope will cross your path. The heroine comes off a bit inane and self-centered in the beginning but, as the reader, we get to see her personal growth throughout the book, which is what will keep you turning the pages right up until the end.
Catherine Depford is finally eighteen. She is the daughter of a very wealthy London merchant, the belle of the ball, a diamond of the first water. However, her life is not as perfect as it may appear to the ton, for she has a secret. No, it is not the fact that her mother went mad before her death. Everyone knows that bit of gossip. Catherine hears chanting voices over and over in her head and has sensual dreams of a beautiful plaid-wrapped Scot telling her she is his. She believes she is going mad, just like her mother. Catherine's mother warned her, moments before she leaped out the window to her death, that the Farlan curse would come to her on her eighteenth birthday. Unfortunately, Catherine's mother was right. The moment Catherine turned eighteen, the voices started chanting in her head.
Stunningly handsome, Gabriel MacBraedon goes by many names. He is Gabriel to his friends and family, Lord Arneth to the Sassenach (English) and most accurately, he is simply just The MacBraedon, clan chief of the MacBraedons. Gabriel was educated in Edinburgh and warrior-trained at home; he also carries the burden of the Farlan curse. Starvation and other odd tragedies - such as all the clans' sheep are born with two heads - happen to both clans without rhyme or reason. The MacBraedons and neighboring Farlans will continue to starve unless he can find the dagger-marked Farlan woman and bring her home as his bride as the curse dictates. After three months of searching, he and his men have found her in London.
Culture, adventure, mystery, paranormal circumstances, love and ruggedly yummy Scottish men are just a few of the reasons to read The Night Before the Wedding by Debra Mullins. I found myself cheering for Gabriel and his crew of Scottish warriors, delighting in their methods. Catherine was a bit inane at times but which of us at eighteen did not act even a bit self-centered and inane now and again?
The Night Before the Wedding is a delightful book that I found myself charmed by more than once. I read it during a lovely afternoon Colorado snowstorm curled up by the fire with my tea and enjoyed every moment. There are no prequels, sequels or vast family lineage to discover or remember, just a lovely story about the past, present and future all in one novel. This is a good book to bring with you on the plane, to the beach or doctors office; a lovely easy read.
“Destiny and love...cursed!”
February 2008, 384 pages
Catherine Depford is the wealthiest heiress in London, and she is all but promised to a proper English lord . . . so why is she having dreams of a Scottish warrior claiming her for his own? She can't imagine that her heated fantasies would come true . . . until she locks eyes with the stranger of her dreams in a crowded ballroom.
Highland chief Gabriel MacBraedon has come to London in search of Catherine, the woman an ancient curse dictates to be his bride. But he can't very well sweep the English beauty into his arms and carry her off to Scotland in the dead of night. Or can he? Nothing is impossible when a Scotsman's passion is making the rules . . .