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Carrie McClelland is an author struggling with writer’s block. She heads for Scotland for some alone time to try to work through it. When she arrives, she is immediately attracted to Slains Castle and decides to use it in her book.
In 1708, Sophia Paterson finds herself at Slains Castle as well. She finds herself mixed up in a Jacobite rebellion and falls in love with one of the soldiers.
I know, that’s pathetic, but it’s been ***coughcoughalmostayearcoughcough*** since I read this. I loved it so much that I did want to get some sort of review down.
I love Scotland. I haven’t been, but I think that will be our next European vacation. I’m just dying to go. I don’t actually read all that many stories set there, I think because I don’t want to get sick of it. It just seems so beautiful, so different, yet so familiar. There’s a reason so many Scots settled in the Southern Appalachians–they were reminded of home. It works both ways now.
Anyway, I read this on our cruise last year, and even though I was bathed in sunlight on the Caribbean, my mind was totally lost to the coolness and mist of Scotland.
I liked both stories equally, which is pretty rare. I usually read through one story just waiting to get back to the one that I’m really interested in, but I was happy just going back and forth between Carrie and Sophia.
I liked Graham and John Moray. They are both handsome, solid, dependable men. With Scottish accents. What’s not to love?
The ending has a twist that I did see coming from pretty far away. My mom read this around the same time I did and it caught her completely off guard. We were both happy with it though.
So, my review does not have the most details, but if you only take away one thing, it should be this: when you’re looking for a romantic, atmospheric Scottish book, pick this one up. I really, really liked it.
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