on March 21st, 2019
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Bought by her husband…
Bound by secrets of their past!
The start of The Lochmore Legacy—a Scottish castle through the ages! Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once. Now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but lowborn Lachlan McNeill. He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long?
The Lochmore Legacy collection
Book 1 — His Convenient Highland Wedding
Book 2 — Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple
Book 3 — A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes
Book 4 — Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke
“Well, what can I say about this? Only that it is perfection! … A riveting, enthralling utterly romantic, love story that captures the reader’s attention from the first page, and takes you on a beautifully romantic and thrilling journey”
— Chicks, Rogues and Scandals on Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake
“I was completely charmed yet again by Janice Preston’s writing … It really is a story to lose yourself in!”
— Rae Reads on Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake
This is book one of a quartet of stories written by Janice Preston and fellow Harlequin authors, Lara Temple, Elisabeth Hobbes and Nicole Locke. The stories are based around Lochmore Castle, perched high on a rocky promontory on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, and two feuding clans – the Lochmores and the McCrieffs.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lady Flora McCrieff’s life had not been easy because of her tyrannical father, the Earl of Aberwyld. After she refused a duke’s marriage proposal a year before, Flora’s relationship with her father deteriorated further. Flora didn’t know how precarious the family finances were when she was told she had to marry a wealthy businessman, Lachlan McNeill. Lachlan wants to grow his whisky business, and to do so, he needs a well-connected wife, and Lady Flora is just that. As long as she asks no questions about his past…
Oh my goodness, what an emotional read this is! I think I experienced every moment of Flora’s loneliness, her sadness, and her discouragement at her predicament. Lachlan is a decent man, but he is just not present. he doesn’t know how to act with her, what to say. He feels undeserving of such a lovely woman; he doesn’t want to scare her away, so he avoids her, leaving her even more distraught. Janice Preston has created a remarkable gothic atmosphere, suited to Flora’s every state of mind. Her attempts to get closer to her husband are in vain; he is always occupied, and he has secret business to attend to. Flora tries and tries, but nothing seems to work. From disillusioned, she grows angry, resentful, until an opportunity presents itself, and hopes she might have glimpsed the light at the end of the tunnel.
Ms. Preston’s extensive research paints a vivid and realistic portrait of Victorian society, very Dickensian, highlighting the chasm between the classes; the generally appalling treatment of labourers and women; the growing poverty affecting the common people. And all this is essential to the romance in HIS CONVENIENT HIGHLAND WEDDING because it is what eventually brings Flora and Lachlan closer. I also loved the inclusion of a legendary composer because of the stunning historical accuracy of the fact, and because he is one of my favourite artists. It’s easy to understand why Lachlan wants to conceal his past; it is a huge secret, but I had no doubt that Flora would accept it with grace.
HIS CONVENIENT HIGHLAND WEDDING is supremely compelling, intense, powerful, and slightly unsettling because of how well every feeling is conveyed. This richly textured novel offers not only a wonderful romance – and a hard-earned happily ever after – but also a world so convincing and well drawn, that Ms. Preston could build a whole series based on her extraordinary characters and their tribulations. Now, I can hardly wait to go back in time, and learn more about The Lochmore Legacy, and the brooch. What a fabulous start to what promises to be a very exciting series!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.