Lady Johanna has become a widow. She was forced to get married very young. The man that she married had abused her for years. She thinks she is finally free. However, his foster brother advised her to remarry to prevent John from choosing a husband for her. He tells her that a highlander will be the best choice. She agrees but almost ran away when she meets the highlander warrior Gabriel MacBain. Gabriel is described as a huge man, strong and feared.
What makes this book work is the changes that Johanna does to the whole household. How she is able to get away with things and how she overcomes her fear of being abused again. The secondary characters are all welcome, especially the dog.
I love Mrs Garwood's books. Always a pleasure.