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I’ve been infatuated with Highlanders since I first discovered Julie Garwood’s historicals in my mom’s collection. I would grab one and squirrel myself away in my walk-in closet, wrapped in a blanket and convinced that Scottish warriors were the best things to have ever happened to the world. Forget Skittles.
I still feel that way (boy do I ever), and it’s not only because of “classics” like Garwood’s, it’s because of new releases too, like It’s Getting Scot in Here by the incredible Suzanne Enoch.
It’s Getting Scot in Here is the story of two worlds colliding. Two people who are extremely different, who have difficulty even imagining a logical path forward together, but who are drawn to each other in ways they can’t—and also won’t—ignore.
THE PLOT, provided by St. Martin's Press
The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, IT’S GETTING SCOT IN HERE (St. Martin’s
Paperbacks, February 26, 2019, $7.99) crosses two sweethearts from separate worlds. Readers find out what happens when a headstrong leading lady, who refuses to marry someone she doesn’t love, meets an off-limits ruffian from the barbaric Highlands.
London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal—and won’t try to tame her wild heart...
Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. . . Free-spirited? Yes.
Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the
perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.
Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out...
THE NAPTIME WRITER NEED-TO-KNOW
The romance between Niall and Amelia-Rose starts off as a kind-of-friendship that will hit you right in the feels. First, Niall appreciates Amelia-Rose’s predicament and her wit—her bravery in telling off his brother in the most fabulous (my words) way possible. And Amelia-Rose appreciates how Niall does so much for others, like taking her on a coffee date to save his brother and fulfill the terms of his parents' agreement. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Niall’s brawny with the most beautiful eyes…
But for all the sparks between them, there are obstacles in the way of their HEA, and they make the book feel really modern, despite being set in the 19th century (a big plus in my book!). First, there's the fact that Niall and Coll are brothers, and that Amelia-Rose’s parents want a titled man for their daughter and Niall is not. Then, there's the fact that Niall and Amelia-Rose have equally misguided preconceived notions of London and the Highlands, respectively, and seemingly incompatible interests, and if Amelia-Rose marries Niall, she'll have a dramatically different life from the one she always dreamt of.
As she always does, Enoch writes beautifully and powerfully, making this world and these people come alive on the page. Amelia-Rose is hilarious and incisive, and also complicated; her desire to please her parents, live up to society’s expectations, and her fears over her future war with her desire to be with Niall. As much as I appreciated her predicament, I still would have liked to have seen a little bit more action from her, particularly at the end of the book (though that might be my more modern sensibilities talking unrealistically, given the time period the book is set in).
For me the stand-out in It’s Getting Scot in Here is Niall, who is delightful—charming and still substantive—willing to take on the problems and responsibilities that others aren’t, and possessing enough faith and hope and steadiness to power the world. He is dreamy.
It’s Getting Scot in Here is a love story written intelligently and sensitively, with an eye to the big problems Niall and Amelia-Rose face. But it’s also lighthearted and truly funny, tender-hearted and sensual. A lovely, super satisfying, big-hearted book. I can’t wait to read more in the series.
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I spent hours yesterday immersed in the decade between 1940 and 1950, lost in Kate Quinn’s mesmerizing book The Huntress, chasing one sentence to the next, anxious to get to the end and knowing that whatever secrets were revealed would stay with me for a long while.
Told from the perspectives of Nina, a female Soviet pilot, Ian, a British journalist who tracks down Nazis/former Nazis who committed war crimes, and Jordan, an aspiring photographer living in Boston whose dreams are bigger than the dreams her father has for her.
Nina, Ian, and Jordan each become involved somehow in the hunt for the Huntress, a Nazi woman believed to be guilty of despicable war crimes, and whose whereabouts are unknown.
This book can’t and shouldn’t be separated from its World War II setting. What happened in World War II, what was done to innocent men, women, and children, matters to the characters in the book and it should matter to us outside the book, too. But the questions The Huntress poses, the answers it gives, are also universal. What national and individual crimes do we commit? How do we forget? How do we remember, and what burden is on us to do so?
The Huntress is excellent historical fiction; an excellent book, period. It’s masterfully written, with suspenseful pacing and delayed revelations, characters whose hearts and hopes and fears grab at you, and writing that strikes beautifully, powerfully. Unforgettably.
Read this book, and then let's talk about it.
I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own.
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