The Freemason’s Daughter
The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier introduces readers to a strong-willed heroine determined to live freely and bravely. Jenna MacDuff and her family have always been willing to die for their king—the exiled James Stuart, whom they hope one day to put back on the English throne. Yet Jenna never imagined she would need to make the sacrifice of leaving her home in Scotland. When Jenna’s clan goes undercover in England to build a garrison on the Duke of Keswick’s estate, she is shocked to discover her family’s treason goes beyond sending money to fund James’s ascension claims. Suddenly she finds herself torn between supporting her clan’s role in the Jacobian rebellion and protecting her unexpected new friends, including the Duke’s charming son, Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s story, though steeped in early-eighteenth-century British politics, is one about self-discovery and choosing your own destiny. Jenna and Lord Pembroke inhabit starkly different worlds, yet their desires to free themselves from the rigid expectations of their families overlap. Though some aspects of the plot are confusing, the overall result is a book that tangles action, intrigue, and romance into an adventure as fierce and spirited as the Scottish winds Jenna loves.