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From the first page to the very last this book was a fun/adorable, charming and engaging read – one that had me absorbed. Madeline, shy and desperately desiring to avoid having to partake in a season and any social gatherings decides to fabricate a tale about meeting and becoming betrothed to a man named Captain Logan MacKenzie. Now as a part of her elaborate ruse she mails letters to him regularly, assuming that they will gather dust somewhere or give some soldiers a good laugh, she shares with her imaginary Captain her unfiltered thoughts, desires and the goings-on in her life. What she never expects is that there exists a real Captain Logan MacKenzie, and he has her letters, back from war he comes to her door, and so begins an unexpected but delightful shift in the life she leads.
The letters were funny and had me smiling like a loon at times. Maddie was a wonderfully cultivated heroine whom I thoroughly enjoyed, and let’s not forget Logan, he is one Scot/Highlander that will have you smiling and swooning throughout this story. I have to say I do think Logan was deluded in thinking Madeline owed him anything. Yes, I sympathized with him and his men's situation but his view she owed him something was a tad silly. Although perhaps it was just the excuse he needed to go and find the women that he had been thinking about for so many years. I also really wished that the man who out of bitterness took credit for Madeline’s hard work had seen the front of Logan’s fist (I know, I seem to have some slight violent tendencies – luckily, such tendencies are reserved for characters I don’t like in books).
There is a good blend of tension, mild-bickering and heat in this book. I’ve finished this book smiling and can confidently say I’ll be re-reading it. I’m glad I finally purchased this and at a steal to: £1.99.
Ok. Maddie extremely Shy young lady hates crowds, social gatherings, she loves to paint, has a vivid imagination. To stop her father Marrying her off, she tells them she has met a Captain Logan Mackenzie he is fighting in the war, they will marry when he returns. She writes to him for years , then the war is over and her family expect him to return and marry her. Maddie tells her family he died during a battle, so bereaved and learning an uncle has left her a castle in SCOTLAND, telling her family she will never marry as she loved Captain Mackenzie very much. If to Scotland she goes. Then one night her maid comes to her and tells her there is very very large man at the door. Not going any further. Don't want to spoil this, prepare to laugh at the interaction between these two, the sensual chemistry is not loved it
This author can take you on a wonderful journey of romance. It starts with letters. Both characters are slightly emotionally damaged and it takes time for them to find their trust in each other. Every book I have read from this author, I have enjoyed. I could not put it down. So far this is my favourite of all her work.
I love Tessa Dare's story telling. She is so assured and witty in her writing. This is a lovely premise - an awkward girl invents a beau who is a soldier away fighting; she writes him letters and fancifully posts them expecting them to end up in a dead letter office. However, she's chosen a fairly common scottish name for her beau and her letters reach a real soldier. Years later he turns up and confronts her, holding her to their supposed betrothal because, of course, he has an agenda of his own. There follows a story of two lonely people and forgotten and displaced soldiers. Warm, funny and utterly beguiling.
Loved this story. Have now read all three in the Castles Ever After series and cannot recommend them highly enough. Tessa Dare has such a light touch when it comes to writing. Madeleine and Logan are totally engaging as heroine and hero and you can't help but root for them as she overcomes her shyness and he his lack of trust. The way Logan looks after his injured and troubled ex-soldiers warms the heart. And we even learn about the injustice of the highland clearances without slipping into preaching. As for Rex and Fluffy the lobsters. Brilliant.
Enjoyable as ever; funny, romantic and loveable characters. When you need that romantic story 'fix', you can rely on Tessa Dare to squeeze those heart strings, make you laugh, sigh and wish the hero was yours! 💞
In order to escape society Miss Peabody invents a fiancé. Years later he turns up at her castle in Scotland, and he is not happy at her having killed him off. A funny book with serious undertones to make a satisfying whole.
Another excellent read by Tessa Dare loved it you seem to know such a great deal a out the Scots I loved Maddie writing to a fictional man only to have the real man arrive Captain Mackenzie Logan all man and every bit as large as life as the dream man