Three Star Rating
This was my first time reading Paula Quinn. She is a very enjoyable
author. I think she was masterfully able to keep different elements of
the story in play at the same time and keep them all interesting. One
element is the romance between Amelia Bell and Edmund McGregor. Edmund
is determined to stop the signing of the Act of Union between Scotland
and England. Edmund, along with his clan believe that this treaty will
strip them of their rights and their identities as Scotsman. Edmund and
his clan come up with an idea on how to stop the signing. He decides
that he will kidnap the niece of the Duke of Queensberry who is a big
advocate of this union. Amelia is promised to the Chancellor of
Scotland. Everyone knows that it is not a love match but an
advantageous political step for her father.
The night of her betrothal dinner she meets Edmund and she falls in love
with him immediately. She knows that she is promised to the Chancellor
and that her parents are depending on her to fulfill their dreams but
she finds Edmund attractive and irresistible at the same time. While
they share a kiss he covers her mouth with a cloth and kidnaps her.
Obviously this changes her feelings a little bit towards his
trustworthiness. Edmund for his part begins to regret his decision once
he meets Amelia and also begins to fall in love with her but he also
feels responsible for his duty to his clan and his home Scotland.
Although Edmund is raised in Scotland and adopted at the age of 4 by his
clan he is really from England.
In the midst of this romance lies the tension between England and
Scotland. I personally found that more interesting than the romance
between Edmund and Amelia. Although I liked both Amelia and Edmund I
found them to be boring… I know they are caught in the middle of this
big conflict but they basically make googly eyes at each other
throughout most of the story. I personally was more interested in Saran
and Lucan’s romantic story more. I loved that they were complete
opposites. Sarah is Amelia’s best friend but their friendship is banned
by Amelia’s mom since Sarah is a servant. Sarah and Amelia are
completely different. While Amelia is a devoted and virginal Sarah is
adventurous and very experienced with the opposite sex. Sarah is also
naturally drawn to the wrong men. Lucan, Edmund’s cousin, is definitely
the right type of man. He is a knight in shining armor sans the shining
armor with a kilt. I loved seeing them fall in love and Lucan’s
unwavering patience with Sarah. Although they were secondary characters I
liked them best.
If you’re looking sweet romances, intriguing history and sexy men in
quilts you won’t go wrong. Amelia and Edmund have many obstacles
standing in their way, both of them are torn between their devotion to
their country, family and to each other. I loved learning about
Scotland and its history and the fast pace adventures along the way made
this a great read!