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Feature book: It’s Getting Scot in Here

30 October 2019

It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 26 Feb 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Format: print
Length: 342 pages
RRP: $15.99

London society had better watch out as the Highlanders are in town.

Lady Francesca Aldriss has deemed it appropriate that her sons have their wives selected by her, and they must be English wives. She has been living in London for thirteen years with their daughter, and her marriage dowry has been used to support Aldriss Park in Scotland. Her husband and three sons have been living in Scotland, but she wants to be part of their lives. And this is the way she can do this despite what her husband may have said about her.

The three boys arrive in London to much curiosity. They certainly make their mark on English society. Lady Aldriss has selected Amelia-Rose for her son Coll MacTaggert, Lord Glendarril, the future Earl of Aldriss. Unfortunately, Coll doesn’t like this suggestion and goes missing for a few days. Niall, the youngest, is left to pick up the pieces and be the beau Coll should be. He is the one who woos Amelia-Rose for Coll but starts to think that perhaps Amelia-Rose should be his wife.

Amelia-Rose Hyacinth Baxter (what a mouthful!) likes to speak her mind and does so with her first meeting with Coll. She is left in Niall’s care and listening to the excuses that Niall makes up for his brother. Amelia-Rose in under pressure from her mother to secure a titled match, and nothing less will do. When Coll baulks at the marriage, Niall wants to take his place. But Amelia’s mother has other plans for a titled match. It is now that Niall and his brothers make sure that Niall and Amelia can marry and be together.

This story did have some twists and turns, but not totally unexpected twists. There are many humorous moments including the Highlander’s constant need for food, not the petite scones and biscuits the ‘insipid Sassenachs’ have. Another involves how Niall and Amelia (Amy) finally attain their wedded bliss. It is a kidnapping and a road trip, then the matter of a bribe.

I did like that Francesca, Lady Aldriss had it all over Amelia’s mother, and did like that Amelia’s father did not agree with his wife and would continue to see his daughter, even though her mother disowned her.

Finally, there is Jane. Jane was Amelia’s companion. I like that the MacTaggert family protected Jane from Mrs Baxter’s wrath. But I do wonder what will happen to Jane. I hope she finds her match.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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