There can be no light without darkness, no hope without despair, no love without heartache
Some scars can't be seen
When the handsome Frederick Mackintosh offers to marry Aggie McLaren, she is certain 'tis greed or insanity that motivates him. Besides land and a chance at a chiefdom, she believes she has nothing to offer. She soon learns nothing could be further from the truth. Hope she thought long lost blooms with her husband's kindness, his honor, and his fierce determination to make their marriage and their clan a success.
Sometimes perfection is imperfect
Aggie McLaren is not Frederick Mackintosh's image of the perfect wife. She isn't well read, vivacious, or voluptuous. Wee, timid, and unable to speak, it is a glimpse of her smile and the chance to be chief of his own clan that propels him to offer for her hand. Frederick will do whatever he must in order to see her smile again and to help her find her voice.
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Heartbreaking, powerful, stunning.
Aggie was my favorite character. She was incredibly strong, somewhat naive but quite persistent. Few would live through all she'd encountered, yet she never gave up.
The book was terrific on its own, and I really liked the story when I read it but Brad Wills' narration just added so much depth and emotion to it that it almost became a whole different story to me. He is my favorite narrator by far, and I thought I knew what to expect from him in this story, but even still I was quite surprised. He put so much more emotion in this book than others he's narrated. There were times I just had to stop listening for a bit and think about it. I thought I'd already heard the full range of his talent, but I was wrong!!
I did!! There were times where I laughed out loud, particularly when Aggie told Frederick just what she'd do to him if he walked out the door instead of staying to talk to her!!! There were more times, however, where I felt myself emotionally curling up like a leaf. Parts of the story were just so hard to hear, Those parts were quite necessary to the story, but I have to say this is one book that will not leave the listener unaffected.
Ms. Tisdale is known for creating powerful characters in her books, and this one was no exception. I'd say Frederick's Queen sparks quite a bit more reaction, however. It's easy to feel sympathetic toward her good characters and REALLY despise the evil ones!! I was ready for Mermadek to get his just reward from the very beginning of the story!