The Lady and the Laird

The Lady and the Laird

[the Scottish Brides]

Book - 2013
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"Lady Lucy MacMorlan may have forsworn men and marriage, but that doesn't mean she won't agree to profit from writing love letters for her brother's friends--letters that become increasingly racy as her fame grows. That is, until she deliberately ruins the betrothal of a notorious laird, Robert, Marquis of Methven. Past centuries of bloodshed have left the Methven and MacMorlan families bitter enemies and Robert is furious that Lady Lucy's letters have cost him the bride he needs so urgently to save his ancestral clan lands. Now he makes Lucy a shocking proposal; in return for his silence she must become his wife and provide him with the heir he needs. It is an inconvenient marriage of convenience but can the rugged laird and the bluestocking beauty fight against the power of love?"--From publisher's description.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, c2013
ISBN: 9780373777419
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 17 cm
Alternative Title: Scottish brides


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Nov 08, 2013

29/09 - Another highland romance? There are so many out there that I was surprised that I enjoyed The Lady and the Laird. I thought it would compare unfavourably to all the others I've read, but it didn't, it was a 3.5 to 4 star read. I thought the story was good, but it did feel a little rushed. I knew almost immediately how Alice had died, it was obvious and I was a little irritated that Cornick attempted to draw out the mystery, when there wasn't one. The summary from the back of the book does not give a good account of the plot, it makes her out to be a letter-writing match-maker, when after reading it I know that the match-making part was an accident, that she was naively unaware her erotic letters could be used to woo women. I didn't feel like Cornick planned the reasons behind Robert's behaviour towards Lucy or his reasons for not returning to his home town/island for so many years. It was as if she knew that his brother would have to die to cause this kind of reaction in him, but couldn't come up with a plausible situation for him to die in, and so just made him fall off the cliff inexplicably while rescuing a boy who had slipped. Robert tells us that Gregor had climbed on those cliffs since they were boys and shouldn't have slipped and the way this comes across to me is like it's the start of a mystery that Cornick didn't follow through with. There was some strange plotting going on there. But it was still good enough that I could overlook these niggling irritations to award it 4 stars.


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