ARC: An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands

Posted on 07/09/2013 in Book Review / 3 Comments

ARC: An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay SandsAn English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands
Published by Avon Books on June 25, 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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The first in a new historical series set in the Highlands of Scotland, from Lynsay Sands, the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau vampire series and countless historical romances.

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Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun when her mother suddenly arrives at the Abbey to take her home… so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed!

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But from the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy sweet bride… and the fact that she's blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel's not the bride he planned for, she's the only woman he desires…

I have a confession to make.  Are you ready for it?   I love a man in a kilt.  I don’t know what it is, but men in plaids just hit all the right buttons.   I blame Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series for cementing my love of kilts.  Really had I not been given those two series my love may never have come around.  So now when I see a book with Scottish leanings I have a tendency to pick it up.  I will say I was not disappointed with this one.  With plenty of plaid wearing men, a strong leading lady, and some great writing it made for a terrific read.

Annabel has been given over to a Scottish laird as his new wife.  Her problem, up until the day of the wedding she was being raised as a nun, let’s just say she is no Suzy Homemaker.  Ross, the handsome and rugged Scottish laird, is only there to decline the English bride that his father had gotten for him, cause really what rightful Scotsman wants an English bride.  His problem, he takes one look at Annabel and has to have her.  From here they set out to learn about one another and make the most out of the marriage.

I enjoyed the story with its mystery and comedy blended together.  However, for me this whole book was about Annabel. I loved seeing Annabel become who she is meant to be.  As a child she struggled to find her place at the nunnery and once thrown to the Scots she feels that she doesn’t fit in either.   For me it’s the moments when she leaps into her new life that really set her apart from a lot of characters in historical books.   You truly root for her and want to see her succeed at her new life.

Once this was read I was sad that there wasn’t more to her story.  I wanted to know how she did later in life.  I wanted to read about her and Ross’s kids and the trials and tribulations they faced.   This is listed as the first in a new series but it’s hard to say where the series will go as Sands is lacking in hints on her sites!  I guess I will just have to wait until the next one comes out to see.

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Amanda @ BookShelfery

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I'm a mother, a wife and a scientist. I read just about anything you put in front of me. I would say that my favourites are horror and romance. No wait, it's YA and dystopian novels. Umm, actually this week its mystery and paranormals. You know what, I really don't have a favourite genre, for me it varies by month, by week, or by day. Deep down I'm a nerdhuffer to my core. \r\n\r\nWhat? Nerdhuffer? What is that, you ask...\r\n\r\nDo you love the written word? Do you love those hard copies that sit in libraries full of the smell of glue, paper, and ink? Do you love those new copies that you stalk the book store for at midnight on its release to go home and read till 6AM even though you have to get up to go to work 7? Do you cherish an e-reader so that you can access a whole world of books whether you are at home, at the store, in the airport, or even... the bathroom? (What, you read in there too. Don't deny it, we're all friends here.) Did you just shake your head yes to any of those questions? Well then, my friends you are a nerdhuffer. Be proud, go forth in your addiction. I'll meet you at the bookstore to teach you the secret handshake. I'll be the one on the floor getting high off the pile of books at my feet.

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