MacGregor's Lady

MacGregor's Lady

eBook - 2014
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What if the steps they take to avoid marriage... The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he's met that obligation, he'll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there. ...Lead instead to impossible love? At her step-father's insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she's done her duty, she'll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety... or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably-until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences threatens to keep them apart.
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781402268731
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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May 23, 2018

Steamy historical romance with welcome diversity. The handsome dark features of the MacGregor laird, Asher, are little known to arise largely from his Canadian First Nations mother. I enjoyed the rustic recollections from the beautiful but “absolutely uncompromising” Canadian wilderness, where families weathered the winter in a longhouse. Asher’s present task is finding a husband for a reluctant American heiress. Despite their strong attraction, Hannah fears becoming a man’s chattel in accordance with the mysogynistic laws of the day. Her stepfather’s self-serving and abusive treatment of family in Boston is worrying, and Hannah can’t see how to intervene unless she returns as an independent woman. Asher protects her with subterfuge when unchaperoned time together might have forced their marriage, knowing that freedom of choice is essential to the determined heiress. In an early escapade, they’re stuck in a Scottish snowstorm, surviving with shared warmth: “We sleep together, like kittens, and use both our coats as extra blankets.” Asher’s family conspires to throw the couple together, and every stolen moment is savoured as possibly their last: “Hannah closed her eyes, the better to catalogue sensations to hoard them up against the barren expanse of the rest of her life.” Asher’s uncanny ability as a trained physician give him helpful insight into Hannah’s persistent limp: “The physicians of the previous age knew something we modern fellows have forgotten: much of effective medicine has to do with interviewing the patient. Not examining him or her like a laboratory specimen, but earning the patient’s confidences.” Beautiful writing from an excellent author of this genre.

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