Published by Diversion Publishing on August 23rd 2016
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Long a master of the historical and the heartfelt, Jane Bonander pens a sweeping Scottish romance, perfect for readers of Mary Balogh. "Jane Bonander reaches out to her readers' hearts." "RT Book Reviews" As Fletcher MacNeil sat in a jail cell, the last thing he expected was a Scottish solicitor bearing news of an inheritance. Fletcher, half Comanche and half Scottish, is the only surviving heir to Castle Sheiling and a fortune beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he must escape his current predicament and travel across the ocean to a world of loyal clans and kinsmen where Fletcher s very appearance marks him as outsider. Rosalyn Geddes, housekeeper of Sheiling, is relieved to hear that the new earl of Kintyre has been located in America. But the last thing she expected was the mysterious, darkly handsome man who appears on the castle doorstep. Rosalyn cannot believe he is a MacNeil, let alone the new earl. But there s something about this man a power and magnetism that draws her in. Fletcher learns that his inheritance comes with a caveat he must produce an heir within one year s time or the fortune goes to a rogue cousin of the late earl. A marriage of convenience is proposed, and Roz reluctantly agrees. What begins as purely a business transaction blossoms into something more. Roz begins to feel herself open up to the possibility of love, but the question of whether Fletcher will leave her once he s met the terms of the will continues to loom over their relationship. Can they overcome Roz s tragic past and Fletcher s uncertain future?"
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Pleasure of the Rose is the first book in the ‘MacNeil Legacy’ series of books by Jane Bonander.
This is the story of Fletcher ‘maker of arrows’ MacNeil. He is half American Indian because his Scottish father fell in love with and married an Indian Squaw. The story begins with him in a jail cell in Texas, waiting to be hung for a murder he didn’t commit. Happily, he is rescued from that fate by a solicitor that has come all the way from Scotland looking for him. It turns out that he is the heir to a castle and a fortune over there. His father was a third son, but fate has played out that each brother, including his father has died, and he is the remaining heir. There is one other distant cousin who could go after the title, but only if Fletcher wasn’t found, oh and if he doesn’t accept the caveat of the will. With the help of the solicitor he escapes prison and makes his way to his new home.
Rosalyn Geddes is the solicitor’s sister, and she is also the house keeper of the castle. She is so relieved when Fletcher is found and she just hopes that he will want to keep her and her brother in his service. When he arrives in Scotland he is terribly ill, and her first sight of him astounds her. He looks like a savage, dressed in buckskins, and with his hair in braids down to his backside. Still it’s her duty to look after him, and as she brings him back to good health she can’t help but notice how attractive he is. She is drawn to him, and he is quite taken with her too.
The caveat to the will is that he marries and produces an heir within one year of taking on the title and the estate etc. Rosalyn is persuaded by her brother to offer herself up to be Fletcher’s wife and mother to his child. He accepts, but things aren’t perfect between the couple. She worries that once she has produced an heir he will want to take the child and dismiss her, while he worries about his lost siblings. If they can’t be found he will take off back to America to look for them himself. The future is certainly not a secure one and Rosalyn is left wondering if a love between them could ever grow, and more importantly, last.
This was a good read, although I do believe that there were a few places where the author could have expanded on the story, especially the ending. There was so much scope to spread out the story of what happens with Fletcher’s sister, and her relationship with Rosalyn. I would have liked to have read more. That said, I still very much enjoyed the book. Fletcher was a kind, considerate man, and it was great to see him treating his tenants so well. His and Rosalyn’s story was a sweet yet passionate one, and it was lovely to see it develop.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.