American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming. Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light. Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?
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Set in the scotland during World War One, we follow the journey of America Socialite Lily Durham. She ends up in Europe in hopes to settle her down into a proper lady. Only the war breaks out. Her cousin convinces her to join her in Scotland to help nurse the wounded. Lily is thrust into situations she never expected. I liked Lilly. She had determination and spunk. She brings joy to those around her. She was normal and someone I would have wanted for a friend. Alec is a great brooding scotsman who had so much on plate. I liked him. He definitely grew on me.
I loved watching Lilly and Alec interact with each other. All of the characters were well written and real. I found myself rooting for some of them and others I disliked immensely. I find that I learn something every time I read fiction. Especially historical fiction. I learned more about the houses turned hospital for the wounded. The difficulties of taking care of the soldiers. I could clearly picture this story well. It made me want to learn more about the time period.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
About the Author
With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the INSPY and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
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Thank you so much for the review Becca!