1684, Scottish Highlands Englishwoman Evelyn Worthington is resolved to build a school for ladies in her brother’s newly purchased Scottish castle. But when she arrives, not only does she find the castle scorched by fire, but a brawny Highlander bars her entry.
Clan chief Grey Campbell would rather die than see his family home, Finlarig Castle, fall into English hands, so Grey must win the battle of wills with the beautiful Sassenach who flashes a bill of sale before him.
When the war between Evelyn and Grey escalates, passions flare. But outsiders have their own plans for Finlarig. After secrets are revealed, and muskets are lit, the fates of the Campbell Clan, the school, and a possible future for Grey and Evelyn are in as much jeopardy as their lives.
Evelyn doesn’t want to marry and do needlepoint…. she doesn’t want just to provide heirs for her would-be husband. Evelyn wants a life, and although her father is still dictating her life (even from the grave) she plans with her brothers help, a way to get round this. She plans to build a school for young ladies, and with her brothers permission she is going to use the castle that her brother had recently brought, so she sets off …. only to find a large angry Scotsman barring her entry !! She wants that castle and no man, however good looking he is, isn’t going to deter her from her path.
Greyson “Grey” loved and lost his home, and now plans to retake it, so in order to restore it to its former glory, he is going to “allow” the interloper to return his beloved castle to its former glory. And he’s not going to let the pleasant looking young lady stand in his way, he’s going to use all his charm to keep her from discovering his plans !!
We also have the subplot of Evelyn’s would be suitor, and person or persons unknown who want the castle destroyed and not rebuilt.
And what will Evelyn do once she finds out that Grey has duped her into rebuilding the castle for his own purposes ? And what about the clause …. the one stating Evelyn has only so long to prove herself, or she has to marry ? Can she do that in time ?
The chemistry between the characters is sizzling, the direction the author takes Evelyn and Grey is a little predictable, but the fun is getting there 😉 it’s well written, the graphic descriptions of the scenery had me imagining myself in Scotland with no problem whatsoever.
And the secondary characters were very likeable and I can see books possibilities.
So if you like your historical romances, then I’d happily recommend A Rose in the Highlands by Heather McCollum