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In 1558 a young French woman sets out for Scotland with her servant/companion, to fulfill a bargain made by others: but all is not as it seems. Colin McLean has something her family wants, and they have something he wants. Caught in the schemes of others more powerful than she is, Margarete is forced to look for the sources of her own power. More

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About Christine Malec

I’ve loved writing ever since I was a kid. Both as a writer and a reader, I’m drawn by the lure of escape, either into the past or the future. I like to speculate about humanity at a distance: what things about us are consistent across time and culture? I've amused myself for years writing: short stories, rhyming verse, and the occasional article. I have been a practising Massage Therapist since 1995,and I do occasional editing and transcribing work, which satisfies my love of bringing order to chaos. I play guitar, and can occasionally be spotted busking here and there around Toronto, mostly singing other people’s songs. I love to cook, do yoga regularly, and enjoy long walks in all weather. I love the variety afforded by the different types of work I do. I feel that each area helps me cultivate skills that become relevant in the others.

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Ellana Ronald reviewed on Sep. 6, 2013
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I absolutely loved reading this book. I was fascinated by the time period it was set in, and following the experiences of two young women to an unknown land and knowing she was expected to marry a man she knew nothing about. I was mesmerized as the story unfolded. I have recommended it to many other readers.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Chris W reviewed on Sep. 5, 2013
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This was a really good read!
I was quickly drawn in to this very original story. The characters of Margarete and those around her are skillfully developed and compelling.
I enjoyed the explorations of religion and sex that pervade this story.
I was sorry to to reach the end and have to put this book down.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
R. Howie reviewed on March 2, 2013

I started Beltane hesitantly as this is not my favourite genre. However, I was soon drawn in by both the plot and the writing style. Don't expect a formulaic book, it is above that. Taking place in 16th century Europe, the protagonist is given away as a bride in a business deal to a Scottish lord. Accompanied by her attendant who is also a very good friend, they leave France for a new life in Scotland. Worlds away from home, they did not know what to expect, but therein lies the tale. Following them through their trials and tribulations, adjustments to a new life, this book is truly a wonderful read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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