I can’t help but pick up a novel by Julia London when I’m in the mood for a lot of Scottish kilt and gown mixing.
Jack Haines, Earl of Lambourne, is on the run from a false accusation amongst the London nobility.
Lizzie Beale remains unwed and waiting for her knight in the highlands.
When Lizzie’s uncle captures Jack, Jack thinks he’s done for, and so does Lizzie. Her uncle forces Jack and Lizzie into a hand-fasting for a year. In other words, a pretend marriage for her uncles benefit.
From this decree, a pot-pouri of trouble begins…Lizzie challenges Jack’s “rights” as a husband, Mr. Gordon arrives to take Lizzie away, and the most challenging situation is a secret.
The uncle has a reason for uniting his niece and a strange man.
Lizzie and jack quarrel, butt heads, and argue as they try to uncover her uncle’s devious endeavors.
Lizzie and Jack really get to know each other during this long and arduous time. It’s tantalizing to follow their relationship and to watch the blunders and accidental camaraderie.