Review: An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands

Posted March 14th, 2014 in book review / 13 comments


An English Bride in Scotland Series #1

by Lynsay Sands

Publisher: Avon (June 2013)
Genre: Historical Romance, Adult
Format: eBook (384 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (Edelweiss) for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆ (4 stars)

The first in a new historical series set in the Highlands of Scotland, from Lynsay Sands, the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau vampire series and countless historical romances.

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun when her mother suddenly arrives at the Abbey to take her home… so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed!

But from the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy sweet bride… and the fact that she’s blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he’ll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel’s not the bride he planned for, she’s the only woman he desires…

At A Glance
An easy, cute read with some fun mystery.

The Good
I have read a lot of historical romances and have noticed many of them are similar in concept or set-up. But An English Bride in Scotland actually had something I’ve never seen before: a soon to be nun marrying a man she never met to replace her runaway sister. The concept caught my attention right away, and once I started reading, I was happy to see Sands take this concept and have so much fun with it. This is a very light and fun read that anyone can enjoy.

Annabel was so naive and sweet. All she really knows is a life of training to become a nun. Her family doesn’t care about her and now she is being given to a man she doesn’t know. But Annabel rarely let any of this bring her down. She always took everything in stride and made the best of every awkward situation. And for the few times hope seemed lost, she had great friends to help her through everything. I loved how hard she tried to please Ross and always failed miserably. She wasn’t made to do all those ‘Proper Lady’ things. But Ross didn’t mind.

Ross was pretty easy going and straight forward. He found Annabel fascinating from the start and fell for her and the faults she thinks she has. I think Ross ended up being a perfect match for Annabel. They both have a soft but strong personality that make people at ease around them.

The mystery behind Annabel’s attacks was actually very well done. I didn’t guess the twist at all. The writing was good and the pacing felt right. I am a fan of Sands, so it was easy to love this story.

The Bad
The setting was pretty ambiguous. We never learn when or where this story takes place, and in historical romances I think that’s an important thing to mention.

There could have been more character development. I feel like that characters we met in the beginning of the book were the exact same characters at the end of the book.

The Snuggly
Romance wise, this one was very simple. Annabel and Ross liked each other from the beginning and loved each other in the end. No big fights or too much doubt. I actually liked the simplicity of their relationship because it worked for them and there was no stress on my part.

The sex scenes were nice and steamy. For an adult audience.

Final Thoughts
Read An English Bride in Scotland when you feel like something fun and easy. I found myself smiling with each page. It’s just a feel good type of book. I would definitely read the next book in the series. Very recommended.

“What the bloody hell is that?” As the first real words he’d said since marrying the woman, Ross supposed they left much to be desired. But he was just so shocked at the sight of the ugly shirt covering all that beauty, he couldn’t help himself.

“‘Tis a chemise carouse,” Annabel explained, looking suddenly uncertain. She hesitated, her tongue poking out quickly to lick her lips, and then gave a pained smile and added, “Father Athol thought we might like to use it, but I forgot about it until now.”

“Use it for what?” he asked nonplussed.

“For the bedding,” she explained, blushing brightly.

His gaze slid over her body in the contraption. It was quite simply a long shirt that appeared to be made of a very heavy material, and it covered every inch of her body. “How the devil am I to bed ye in that?”

“Oh, there is a hole,” she said quickly and pulled the cloth around her hips tight, only to quickly let it go as she realized what she was revealing.

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13 Responses to “Review: An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands”

  1. laura thomas

    Good point about the characters. I like to see them grow and change and I also sometimes notice place and time have been left wanting in books. While it doesn’t usually affect my enjoyment, it does keep me wondering. The premise is unique and sounds like fun.

  2. sherry fundin

    Another great review. Sounds like I would categorize this as a beach read, you know, one of those you read when you don’t want to work too hard, just sit back and enjoy. Have a great weekend, Jennifer.

  3. Talk Supe

    I agree, inasmuch as world building is important in fantasy novels, setting plays a major role in historical romances. At least it still worked out for you somehow… and them nuns getting the action with men in kilts! LOL

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