During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord’s Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from …as well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.
Review: A wonderful novel in three parts…each story separate yet very complimentary of the next. Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway found a very unique and refreshing way to tell a story.
What would you do if you had to in order to ensure that your family name is carried on? Would you go as far as hatching a rather risky plan to kidnap some heiresses to marry off to your nephews? I know, it seems a little farfetched but after all this is a time when things were done a little differently. Now you would probably go onto Match.com or some other such website and search. But, Lord Taran Ferguson didn’t have a computer so after downing a bottle of scotch he and his band of men hatched the plan to kidnap four young women from Bellmore Castle hoping to find two that his nephews would find suitable.
As most plans that are decided from a bottle of scotch this was no different and things took a different turn for poor Taran. I guess we shouldn’t say poor Taran because sometimes no matter how farfetched our efforts are they tend to have a way of working out. As Taran and his band left Bellmore Castle they got into the wrong coach only to pick up another unfortunate person in their scheme in the form of the Duke of Bretton who happened to be napping at the time. You think this would foul up Taran’s plans even more but no…I guess it is okay to say that the Scottish have their own share of luck. Having arrived at Finovair Castle just ahead of a huge snowstorm (of course), blocking all ways to the castle which helps Taran with his plan. That Scottish luck again. With the impeding storm they have nothing else to do but sit it out. This is where the fun so to speak takes place.
The first part of the story is written by Julia Quinn. She brings to of the innocent bystanders to life in her tale. Catriona Burns was at the ball but she wasn’t one that Taran had intended to kidnap. She may be a gently bred young woman she has one thing against her she is from a poor family. This surprised Taran as he wanted only wealthy women for his nephews. That being said it kind of works in her favor as she teams up with the Duke of Bretton, who is there by mistake, as they decide to amuse each other as they watch what unfolds before them. Only fate decides to throw them together as we are along to watch the flirty and fun way that they fall for one other. I enjoyed this most I think. Well…
As the second part unfolds we find the writing of Eloisa James as she takes on Fiona Chisholm. Fiona may be an heiress but she has shall we say a less than stellar reputation due to a previous fiancé who is no longer with us. With her red hair and glasses she thinks of herself as a wallflower especially when put next to her half-sister Marilla; who in her own right has decided to go through all the men to find the one who has the most money. Shall we say that Fiona isn’t the wallflower she thought herself to be as she catches the attention of Byron Wolton, one of the nephews that Taron wants to marry off. Byron being a little on the stodgy side is intrigued by the rather bookish, redhead who has a fiery spirit and ends up setting him on end. The beginning of a relationship filled with fierce love and lust running the gamut of emotions.
The last part of the story is written by Connie Brockway and deals with love at first sight. Taren’s last nephew is Robin Parles who happens to be the heir to Finovair Castle. Robin has the reputation of being a lady’s man so to speak. Some of it may not be warranted but once labeled said label tends to stick with you. Robin is pitted up against Cecily. She is one determined young lady who tends to be on the quiet side. We soon find that her determined side decides that if she is to find a husband she will do the choosing, she will not be chosen. She sets her sights on Robin, who because of his roguish ways thinks that he isn’t good enough for her. Cecily disagrees realizing she has her work cut out for her if she is to change his way of thinking.
As the snowstorm ceases the fathers of the girls storming the castle ready for war only to find that their daughters are extremely happy and as we have a… wouldn’t want to spoil the end. So I will let you read this story full of love for yourself.
So there you have what is to be a story that has something for the romantic in everyone. To me I found this to be Regency Romance at its best. I got so caught up in the lives of these wonderful characters that there were times I felt that it was written by one person instead of three separate authors. I think I will head out to read the first in the series entitled ‘The Lady Most Likely’ while I await the next book…