What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston with Excerpt

This is a fun day –  I am featuring a review and excerpt from Jennifer McQuiston’s title What Happens in Scotlandbut  if you look at the other tour stops you can also see what people had to say about her title Summer Is For Lovers, and you can see my review for that title from late last year here.  As well as the excerpt, you won’t want to miss entering the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Paperback Copy of What Happens in Scotland and  Summer is for Lovers as well as a  Pack of Mother Mae’s Chocolate Chip Scottish Shortbread Mix. *that’s not traditional but looks YUMMY! *

Book Review:

I was a fan of Jennifer McQuiston’s writing when I first read her title Summer is for Lovers, and this encounter just solidified that appreciation.  In What Happens in Scotland, we are treated to another historical setting, with a curious and rather amusing premise.  Fast paced and cleverly twisted, this story spans only a short time yet packs in mysteries, plots, love and conflict.

Set as a Victorian-era story, Lady Georgette is a widow that is reveling in her freedom: with a title and enough money to survive, without the onus of the distasteful man she married, she has no plans for romantic entanglement or marriage ever again.  But, why then, does she awake next to a man she doesn’t remember, in a bed, with a wedding ring and the taste of brandy in her mouth?
James is high-born, but after a conflict with his father the earl, he has decided to make his own way in the law: and he cannot remember the events that led to his being abed with a wife.  His position and history make him rather suspicious about surprises, and when he realizes that the marriage isn’t something easily settled or dismissed the fun begins as they ferret out the mystery.

From a list of potential suspects as long as your arm, the story unfolds in two parts, the first half leads to the wedding and shows the events that our two protagonists had forgotten. The little town of Moraig in Scotland had never seen the likes of this sort of delicious mystery! Several secondary characters add to the fun of the plot, and while the relationship between James and Georgette was not the focus in the first half of the book, that is completely offset with their banter and interactions through the twists in the second half as they work to ferret out the culprit behind their complicated circumstance.

It doesn’t hurt that the two are attracted to one another, despite them both declaring to not be interested in romance or love.  Best compared to a comedy of errors and circumstance, the story is utterly charming and full of laughter and lightness.  It wasn’t too difficult to uncover the mastermind behind the match, yet that wasn’t the point: this is a light and fun romantic story that starts with a clever twist and is a perfect escape for an afternoon’s read.


What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston with Excerpt

Title: What Happens in Scotland
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Author
Pages: 357
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 23 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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She woke up married… And then she ran.

When recent widow Georgette Thorold wakes up in a Scottish inn with a wedding ring on her finger and lacking all memory of how she came to be there, she does what any well-bred lady with a modicum of sense and a distrust of marriage would do: she panics, clocks the wickedly handsome stranger in her bed over the head with a chamber pot, and runs.

James McKenzie, Esquire has either spent the evening protecting a very naïve, and—dare he say it—very drunk young lady from the advances of every disreputable character in the town of Moraig, or he has gone and married a pretty, scheming thief. Not that his own head is entirely clear on the matter, but when the woman in question repays his kindness with a knock on the head, the bill for her room, and the theft of his purse, an embarrassed James is determined to track her down and show her she picked the wrong solicitor to swindle.

As Georgette sets out to discover exactly what happened during her forgotten night, she uncovers a man that seems far more a hero than a rake. But when they finally meet, instead of sweeping her into his arms and kissing her senseless, he serves her with a summons, claiming she is a thief. Now the fight is on, and the only question is was it a night worth remembering? Or a mistake they would both rather forget?

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


Anger flashed through Georgette. She did not want to judge Elsie for her choices, no more than she judged herself for falling prey to her first ill-designed marriage. If the maid had chosen to do those things, there was no doubt in Georgette’s mind she had done so willingly, or at least tolerably. But the man in this sordid story… it was entirely too tempting to judge him.

Even if he did serve his clients cakes and ginger water.

“Did Mr. MacKenzie have need of your… services?” Georgette’s voice roughened with distaste. “Or abuse you in some way?”

Elsie’s eyes widened. “Oh no, miss, you have it all wrong.”

“He tried to prosecute you, then?”

“No, nothing like that.” Elsie’s face twisted. “He helped me, last spring when the town rector charged me with public indecency. Stood up with me at my court hearing, and didn’t charge me a ha’penny, either. MacKenzie looks out for those of us who find themselves on the wrong side of things. But he said he couldn’t protect me if I kept at it, and helped get me the job serving pints at the Grey Gander instead.”

The relief that stole over Georgette at learning of MacKenzie’s good deed disturbed her almost as much as the earlier concern that he might have been someone worth hating. She shook herself from the thought. It would not do to develop any kind of attachment to the man, or to feel solidarity with his methods.

One did not feed or pet the creature one planned to set free.


About Jennifer McQuiston

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

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