All I gotta say is Whoa! I am not a big fan of romance novels but love historical fiction instead. My hubby is scottish so I thought that would be fun to read. Its hard to give this book up I loved it so much!!!
This Anthology set in Scotland has five authors; Jude Deveraux, Jill Barnett, Geralyn Dawson, Pam Binder, and Patricia Cabot. The stories are a mixture of current day, and historical but all were well written, and each story was complete. There was the young Aunt who switches places with her niece for a working trip to Scotland only to run into a ghost, the defiant McNish lass who mistakenly captures and kidnaps the Earl of Argyll thinking him an opposing clan member, a Texas lawyer lost in the Highlands who suddenly has a herd of cats following him, a young woman running from her guardian who wants to force her into marriage for her inheritance, and a wealthy executive who falls in love with a baker and they both end up in the sixteenth century in the bedroom of Mary, Queen of Scots. An anthology worth reading.
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The reason I picked up this anthology was because COLD FEET was listed as third in a series of books Im reading (see below). Lets start with
COLD FEET (Geralyn Dawson). Compared to the first two books in this series, this one didnt speak to me at all. If you like magic in your stories, you will probably enjoy this.
Rand Jenkins is traveling from Texas to Scotland to deliver an errant wife to her husband. Along the way, he stops to ask directions from Annie Munro (possibly a witch) and suddenly he becomes catnip for all of the local cats/kittens/feral felines.
Can Annie help Rand get the cats off his back? Will she?
UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Jude Deveraux) Attorney Tyler Stevens adores her younger cousin, Krissy. When Krissy is down with the flu, she begs Tyler to take her place in Scotland as her bosss administrative assistant. The ill Krissy pulls out all the stops to get Tyler to go.
Before long, Tyler and Joel Kingsley are caught up in a murder mystery in an old Scottish castle. This story (once you accepted the incongruity of a busy attorney dropping her cases to play secretary to her cousins boss) is entertaining and kept me reading.
THE CHRISTMAS CAPTIVE (Patricia Cabot) While out scouting for a Christmas tree, Niall Donnegal and his brother, Euan, come upon a woman hiding and in terrible fear. They take her to their home -- over her protests. Niall and Mairi are very interested in each other but Mairi does not trust him enough to tell of her plight.
A few hours later, Alistair MacLean arrives, demanding his ward and fiancée, Mairi. Niall takes a stand against the pompous Lord Sutherland. This story takes the cake for speed-of-romance; Niall asks Mairi to marry him within 6 hours of meeting her. The whole story is over in less than 12 hours (of its opening).
THE MATCHMAKER (Pam Binder). OK, I dont understand the charm of Time Travel stories. After finishing this short story, I still dont understand it as a genre. I dont think I can review this story adequately.
FALL FROM GRACE (Jill Barnett) vies with UNFINISHED BUSINESS for best story in the book. Grace McNish and the clan she belongs to are tired of starving and losing everything to the McNab Clan. She decides to steal one of the McNab men and hold him for ransom.
This is a time of beggars, thieves, and unhappy clansmen roaming about freely. Grace nabs one and starts on her plan; selling him to the McNabs for his weight in gold. But she gets something more than she planned on with her captured man.
Bad Luck Brides
1. The Bad Luck Wedding Dress (1996)
2. The Bad Luck Wedding Cake (1998)
3. Cold Feet (2000) (in A Season in the Highlands)
4. The Bad Luck Wedding Night (2001)
5. Her Bodyguard (2005)
6. Her Scoundrel (2005)
7. Her Outlaw (2007)
Unfinished Business - Jude Deveraux: Attorney Tyler Stevens will do anything for her cousin Krissy. When Krissy gets sick, she begs Tyler to take her place as an assistant to her boss on a business trip to Scotland. Tyler drops everything and flies to Scotland to meet up with Joel Kingsley at an ancient Scottish castle where they stumble onto a ghostly murder mystery.
I really had to suspend belief for this story. An attorney drops her caseload to fly to Scotland to work for a guy who doesn't seem to notice that his assistant is a totally different person. It did get a little better when they stumbled upon a ghost in the ruins of the castle. My rating: 2 Stars.
Cold Feet - Geralyn Dawson: Texan Rand Jenkins is escorting a wayward wife to her husband in the Scottish Highlands. They are lost when they stumble across Annie Monro's cottage. Annie offers them hospitality and give them directions to the castle. But when Rand leaves to continue to the castle, a herd of cats follows him. Believing that Annie has put a spell on him, he returns to her cottage to make her remove the spell.
What can I say? That is the plot. People believe Annie is a witch. Rand doesn't actually believe that; but thinks that she put something in his drink that attracts cats. My rating: 1.5 Stars.
3 stories in one...one about a murder at a Scottish castle..a rough cowboy finds himself up against a charming herbalist. the third a pretty Edinburgh bake and a computer-games designer in an adventure of passion and intrigue
B.J. T. (meme) reviewed A Season in the Highlands : Unfinished Business / Fall from Grace / Cold Feet / The Matchmaker / The Christmas Captive on + 367 more book reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux unravels a ghostly murder mystery in an ancient Scottish castle. National bestselling author Jill Barnett decrees all is fair in love -- when a rollicking Highland clan war leads an impetuous lass to kidnap the wrong man! Geralyn Dawson puts a rough-hewn Texas cowboy under the spell of a charming herbalist with some curious powers of attraction. Patricia Cabot leads a beautiful runaway to her kindred spirit -- a Scottish lord who sweeps her away to the rugged shores of the Isle of Skye. Pam Binder flings a pretty Edinburgh baker and a computer-games designer into an adventure of passion and intrigue -- inside the sixteenth-century palace of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Erin M. (ErinMc) reviewed A Season in the Highlands : Unfinished Business / Fall from Grace / Cold Feet / The Matchmaker / The Christmas Captive on + 361 more book reviews
A ghostly murder mystery in an ancient Scottish castle. All is fair in love -when rollicking Highland clan war leads an impetuous lass to kidnap the wrong man!! A rough-hewn Texas cowboy under the spell of a charming herbalist with some curious powers of attraction. Leads a beautiful runaway to her kindred spirit-a Scottich lord who sweeps her away to the rugged shores of the Isle of Skye.