The Laird's Marker

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Summary

Fate transports Emily back in time to save her from an abusive husband. But has Fate really saved her when she is sold into wedlock to a perfect stranger who bargained for a wife? Fate intervenes to save Ally from her abusive husband. After particularly brutal episode, she is transported back in time to the early 1700s and mistaken for Emily, the 17-year old ward of the King. She fears she has merely traded one prison for another as she discovers she has even less control of her life than she did before. Ally must adapt her modern independent attitudes to the expected female attitudes and opportunities of the time. Ally must find a new way to survive in a world where men control everything. She knows she is damaged and unable to trust men because the abuse she suffered at the hand of her husband. She soon discovers that Emily had suffered her own abuse. Ally’s new life is put to the test when she is sold into wedlock by the King to Laird John Innes, a former Scottish Privateer, who cashes in a marker from the King to obtain her hand. He hadn't planned on a wife, but discovers a warm, caring woman under the fearful abuse survivor. He just needs to step up to the challenge of helping her heal. He then must protect his wife, who is rapidly becoming the most important thing in his life, from a predator out for Emily’s money and connections.

Genre:
Romance / Fantasy
Author:
SorchaMcAllister
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
26
Rating:
5.0 11 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

But First....

Before You Begin:

Warning: Due to scenes with strong language, violence, and several graphic scenes of a sexual nature, this book is intended for mature (21+) readers only.

In addition, this particular story touches on the dark topic of domestic violence. If this topic offends you or brings up moments that may trigger distressing feelings for you, this book may not be for you. The scenes about domestic violence have been contained largely to the first chapter.

If you however enjoy stories where a woman finds her inner strength and has a handsome man share that journey, by all means, please read on…


Author’s Note:

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. The statistics are even higher for emotional and verbal abuse. It is important to mention that whether the abuse is only one type or all three, every situation is unique. The most recent statistics cite that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Three women are killed each day by their intimate partner.

Education, economic status, or intelligence are irrelevant when it comes to domestic violence. The fault is not with the victim. There is nothing the victim did to deserve it. It is purely the fault of the abuser. Many women are not even aware that they are being abused, instead thinking that the abuse is how it is supposed to be. No one has the right to hurt you.

If you or someone you know needs help to get out of an abusive situation, please go at http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/ or contact your local chapter of Women Against Rape.

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