Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Review: The Highlander's Choice by Callie Hutton

Lady Sybil Lacey is every inch an English woman. She's horrified her best friend is wedding a barbarian Scot. For aren't Scots naught but brutish, whiskey-swilling lechers? So to find herself
secretly attracted to the tall and devastatingly handsome Scottish laird of Bedlay Castle is quite disconcerting...

Liam MacBride is convinced that English ladies are silly sassenachs who think of nothing but social events and clothes. So why is he intensely drawn to Lady Sybil? All they do is quarrel... until loathing turns into undeniable lust.

A tempestuous, fiery romance between an English lady and a Scottish laird cannot end well.

A quick, enjoyable read. I have a real soft spot for Scotland (and for Scottish men), so I was sold from the moment I read the blurb. I really loved Liam, and although it's set in a different era I couldn't help but picture Sam Heughan, aka Jamie Fraser from Outlander. I suspect that this was written with that particular fan base in mind. There's real chemistry between Sybil and Liam from the start, and the battle of wills between Sybil and her future mother-in-law made for interesting reading. However I wasn't keen on the way things ended - it felt more like a shotgun wedding to me despite their being a love match. That said it is well written and brought a smile to my face, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which tells the story of Sybil's twin sister Sarah!

*I was granted a free copy of this book by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a review!*

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Blog Tour: Another Heartbeat in the House by Kate Beaufoy

When Edie Chadwick travels to Ireland to close up her uncle’s lakeside lodge, it’s as much to escape the burden of guilt she’s carrying as to break loose from the smart set of 1930’s London.

The old house is full of memories – not just her own, but those of a woman whose story has been left to gather dust in a chest in the attic: a handwritten memoir inscribed with an elegant signature... Eliza Drury

As she turns the pages of the manuscript, Edie uncovers secrets she could never have imagined: an exciting tale of ambition, hardship, love and tragedy – a story that has waited a lifetime to be told. . .

The title of this novel is just perfect - not only is the house alive with the past - it truly is a characters in itself- but the novel itself has echoes of classic literature, particularly Jane Eyre and of course Vanity Fair. There's plenty of name-dropping of other writers too such as Dylan Thomas, and I'm not going to lie, as soon as I realised that Edie's friend Ian was THE Ian Fleming I was sold and wanted to read an entire novel based on him! The novel is spilt between two time periods, the 1930s and the 1840s. Whilst the former is the era that appeals to me the most I found both narratives engaging - and despite the time difference Edie and Eliza actually have a lot in common. They are intelligent and independent, and it is interesting to discover how their lives intertwine. This is a captivating read, and one that you won't be able to put down!