Today I have yet another historical romance from an author that I have come to adore! Please be sure to check the other stops on this tour, and don’t forget to enter the Tour-Wide Giveaway sponsored by Avon Books where you could win a Print Copy of WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND, and SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, Pack of Mother Mae’s Chocolate Chip Scottish Shortbread Mix and a Delightful Ceramic Shortbread Pan.
I am completely loving the opportunity to follow Jennifer McQuiston’s publishing journey: the third title in this Second Sons series is as enjoyable as the first two, and there is the added bonus of getting to catch glimpses of characters highlighted in earlier works as they appear in this story.
Julianne was a memorable guest at a house party at the Earl of Haversham’s estate, particularly after she named Patrick, the earl’s son as the murderer of his brother Erik. When the earl suddenly dies, Julianne heads to Morag Scotland to track Patrick down to inform him of his inheritance.
Patrick, for his part, wanted nothing to do with the earldom or society: after convincing his father to support his veterinary studies in Turin, he returned to England expecting to set up a practice. While that dream was not supported: men of the Ton do NOT work in trades, he still kept his hand in the field within his father’s stables. When the potential for him to be arrested and charged with his brother’s murder was feeling eminent, he fled to Morag Scotland: and has been serving as the local veterinarian for the town, scraping by as he waited for his father to clear his name.
Julianne was an interesting character: a touch flighty but determined and despite thoughts to the contrary, quite intelligent. While dancing the fine line of propriety as a young, unmarried woman, her unchaperoned carriage journey via public conveyance to Scotland to hunt down a man she barely knew would bring her utter disgrace.
The two have an unmistakable chemistry, from their first encounter nearly a year earlier to the forced proximity of their situation: although they are often at cross-purposes with the secrets that they have, and the preconceived notions about each other. Yet, someone did murder Erik, and the Earl’s decline was far too rapid for anyone’s comfort. This story is less light-hearted than the earlier works in the series, but the characters truly do come to light and life throughout the myriad of twists and turns to find the one (or ones) responsible for the two deaths.
With clever asides of veterinary treatment and a three legged doggie companion, a victim of a coach for hire, and the obvious affection between Julianne and her father as well as Patrick and his sisters and mother, the story will have you wondering who did it, and hoping that the truth would come out before a trip to the gallows becomes the solution. McQuiston’s stories are emotion-filled with a solid sense of characters, place and time: always giving at least one unlikable character set to provide conflict and dissent among those who are destined to be together, even when they don’t see it.
Title: Moonlight on My Mind
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon, Harper Collins
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 8 minutes
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.