Tessa macFindlaech is sent to her uncle’s castle from her home in the Highlands, told she must learn the ways of noble folk and make herself useful to her uncle, Thane Macbeth. There she meets Jeffrey Brixton, an Englishman who irritates her and later abducts her. Their tumultuous relationship plays out as Macbeth claws his way to the throne of Scotland and then falls in tragic fashion.
Three hags predicted all of it. The same three told Tessa things about her own future that seem to be coming true. She travels to England–unwillingly. She marries but never becomes a wife. Does that mean that the third prediction must also come to pass, and she will find her only love among the dead?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was a world history and English educator for many years and loved teaching Shakespeare's play MACBETH. Tessa's story is more romantic than tragic, with a man and woman with conflicting loyalties, struggling to find love.
The sequel, DOUBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE, continues the story of Tessa and Jeffrey, who meet William of Normandy and live through the Norman Conquest.