Another early read that was completed for the NetGalley November challenge…..
Starting with the long-dead, although not long undisturbed, Angus and Georgiana are bickering about their unrequited love story, and the curse that has followed their separate families for over 200 years. These two are delightful, both in their banter and their ability to set the stage for the story to come. Grandparents of our fated couple, they are seeking to make a match for their recalcitrant grandchildren.
Alec has returned to Glenorne to take his position as Earl, and make decisions about his lands and younger half-sister’s futures.
Caroline has run away from an impending marriage to one of two suitors, her brother the Earl cares not which one. Believing in love and happiness, she took a chance on a mail coach bound for Scotland.
The two ghosts of Angus and Georgiana have steadily been conspiring and bending events to their will to place Alec and Caroline in close proximity. From arranging Caroline’s arrival as governess to Alec’s three sisters, to luring Caroline into the decrepit tower for Alec to effect a rescue, their meddling is both endearing and hilarious, especially when they are chattering about the results, or non-results.
The attraction between Alec and Caroline is obvious and unexplainable to them both, from mistaken identity to realization, their path to love is not smooth, yet unlike their ghostly matchmakers, they are able to reach for their happily ever after.
Lecia Cornwall uses description of place and light to bring the country alive as smoothly as she gives her ghosts corporeal form and voice to affect a match. Throughout it all, the early exposure to Caroline’s and Alec’s lives still can threaten to intrude on the newly developing happiness, Alec’s stepmother is wholly and completely unlikable, and the clan looks to find new life in Glenorme with the new Earl.
Title: Once Upon a Highland Summer
Author: Lecia Cornwall
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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An ancient curse, a pair of meddlesome ghosts, a girl on the run, and a fateful misunderstanding make for the perfect chance at true love.
Lady Caroline Forrester is on the run from her brother's scheme to marry her off to the highest bidder. An escape to Scotland offers a chance at employment as a governess and freedom from an unhappy marriage—it's the perfect solution. But Caroline wasn't prepared for the feelings that her new employer brings out in her.
Alec McNabb, the reluctant Earl of Glenorne, never expected to return home to Scotland. But now that he's there, he realizes he has obligations that he cannot escape. Alec needs to marry well, and quickly.
When a case of mistaken identity—coupled with the sensual, magical atmosphere of Glenorne Castle—results in a passionate encounter, Caroline and Alec must decide whether their attraction is enough to overcome the problems of their pasts, or whether this one chance at true love was over before it began…
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.