Adalberto Ramos Ramos itibaren Lugovoye, Sakhalinskaya oblast', Rusya
Katherine Fraser is in love with James Macdonald, the Black Macdonald, heir to Dundrenan. The clans of Fraser and Macdonald have been enemies for hundreds of years and neither family is happy to see the love match between James and Katherine. But neither James nor Katherine is willing to give up their love and their families reluctantly plan for the marriage. But while preparations are being made for a wedding other plans are underway in 1745 to bring the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charles back to Scotland. There was so much to love in this novel. Despite the fact that it was written nearly a half century ago, this book did not feel dated. The historical detail, the descriptions of the Battles of Prestonpans and Culloden were vivid and realistic, and along with the quality of Evelyn Anthony's writing Clandara was a memorable read. However, I could find very little in the two protagonists to admire; James in particular was worthy of his title of the Black Macdonald. And other characters who had pivotal roles in the story seemed to disappear with too little explanation. The climactic reunion of the two lovers was rushed and short, and the ending unsatisfying. Still, despite these flaws, there was much in this romantic historical novel to enjoy.