When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Are you in the mood for something light and fun and romantic for your holiday vacation? You can’t go wrong with a book by Tessa Dare, especially this one.
For Miss Maddie Gracechurch the worst thing imaginable is mingling at balls and simply being in large groups of people. So when her family sends her to Brighton just before her coming out for some soul searching she creates the ideal fiancé – a highland Captain, Logan MacKenzie, off to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. She writes him often, addressing and posting letters to her imaginary Captain for years until she feels it’s been long enough and kills him off. (Don’t worry, he died honorably.) Imagine her surprise when her betrothed shows up at the doorstep of her castle, very much alive, with brogue and kilt intact and verra verra real.
Yes, Maddie addressed her letters to Captain Logan MacKenzie, a not unheard of name in Scotland and a real person received them. He needs a home and a stable life for himself and his men and a fiancée with a castle is a perfect start. How can she refuse him after pining and mourning for him for years? So what that she never even met him. Can she really admit that now?
It was interesting putting a talented and smart woman in the role of purposeful spinster because of her debilitating shyness as well as a real/imaginary hero; both are definitely different in the world of romances, at least the ones I have read. The premise is amusing and the banter between the characters is witty and refreshing. Of course it all ends happily with bumps along the way, this is a romance! And, of course, that is why we want to read it.