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Publisher's Summary

She never expected to marry....

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived 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.

He never expected to fall in love....

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....

©2013 Lynsay Sands (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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So Adorably Sweet!

This book is such a sweet and tender Highland romance. If you enjoy Cinderella type stories then you will enjoy this one. This book was romantic, funny and because it had a bit of mystery kept my interest throughout. It's really hard not to like this book.

The narrator was wonderful. She did a fantastic job with all the voices and made the listen fast and enjoyable.

This one is too sweet not to give it a listen.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 06-26-13

GOOD DEFINITELY - BUT COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT

I loved LS's Argeneau vampire books and I love love love a braugh sexy hunky Highlander in a kilt so I preordered this and waited with baited breath and great expectations.

This book was an entertaining, enjoyable, light-hearted fun listen, that had it's moments, however it was all just a bit too 'nice' for my personal taste as I like my Highlanders broody, dark and sexy however Ross was kind, thoughtful and trusting but more of a Prince Charming type. Annabel was sweet, naive, likeable and funny as one minute she is about to be an English Nun then the next minute she's a married woman heading to her husband's castle in Scotland.

There's everything you'd expect from a LS listen - a nice plot with a who, what and why question to ponder over, nice characters, nice H/H but I felt it lacked any sexual tension, awareness or build-up that results in a frantic passion filled chapter or two as desire ignites between them - infact I think this could almost have been a YA listen. The plot seemed to happily meander the listener along but it just didn't raise my blood pressure any (well, maybe that's a good thing tho').?

Narrator did a great job with the many voices required of her.

Worth a credit? If you're looking for a light, enjoyable, easy going listen then Yes you won't be disappointed and for most of us LS's fans it'll be an auto download anyway.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Tobitha
  • ROGERS, AR, United States
  • 07-06-13

Very lighthearted story- 3 1/2 stars overall

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Lynsay Sands is a talented author. I enjoy her lighthearted, humorous work. Today's world is filled with enough strife that it is good to read/listen to stories that put a smile on your face & touch your heart. This story just was not up to her usual talent.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Narrated with more emotion, h/h with stronger personalities, and more humor.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Good voice but not enough emotion; more like reading rather than narrating.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly

Any additional comments?

I look forward to better historical romance from this talented author.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 07-07-13

Enjoyable sweet listen...

This is a sweeter and more simple highlander story. Barely any historical references and the storyline is quite simple. Pretty much the blurb tells exactly what's going to happen, no complexity in characters or situations. Still it was good and I enjoyed it. The hero was wonderful and the heroine was likable. Actually I would suggest this book to a first time highlander romance listener. The narration was good too, nothing spectacular but good enough to add extra emotion to the story. I would listen to the next book in the series.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • Waterford, Ireland
  • 07-07-13

Super book and very well read

I really enjoyed this book. Mary Jean Wells did a great job with all the different voices. I will add her to my list of good readers.

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  • Debra
  • Brawley, CA, United States
  • 06-29-13

Romance is still ALIVE

I believe in Love at first sight Lynsay Sands brought that with Ross MacKay and Annabel even when they didn't know. Got to love the Scottish Laird.

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Sweet and charming!

I enjoyed this audiobook story about a girl who grew up in a convent who is suddenly brought home to take her sister’s place in marrying a Scottish Laird. She has no training to be mistress of the keep and someone keeps trying to kidnap her. The hero is falling in love with his little bride and when her disgraced sister shows up at the keep things get even more complicated. Great storyline and characters. Good narration as well. Overall an entertaining listen!

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great story

loved the twists and turns , only wished it was longer great narration , had me visualizing everything in detail.

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English Bride in Scotland

Everything I love about Lyndsay Sands. This book had a great story, disgusting parents, humor, mystery and oh so sexy Scottish husband. The narration by Mary Jane Wells was superb! You can’t go wrong on this story!

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More romance, less of an erotica.

I was expecting more of an erotica but it was a classic romance. It was nicley written, the villain was annoying at best and the story left some to be desired. The narrator was great and the story easily flowed from her. I felt she understood the characters. I would have liked more character development, some parts were confusing why someone would put it in a book... but overall I'd say 3 stars.

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  • D. Mark
  • 09-13-17

A nice story, but not a romping Highland yarn.

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This book is easy listening at its best (you really don't have to pay that much attention to it). Annabel and Ross get along from the start, and don't have a disagreement throughout the entire book. She gets along with his soldiers, his clan, his family... it's all just a bit blah. To liven things up, Annabel and Ross both get whacked over the head a few times by a mysterious attacker, then some older women do too for good measure. Surprisingly, in spite of sustaining several head injuries within just a few days, Annabel does not seem to have any lasting damage. Ross doesn't seem too bothered that his wife keeps getting attacked, mostly when she happens to be naked. He's super-chilled, and nothing really stirs him up- except annoying sisters.

I was surprised when I had only two chapters left of this book, because it felt like the story hadn't yet got going. If you're looking for hot-blooded, passionate highlanders, look elsewhere. This is my first experience of Lynsay Sands, and I'm not sure I'll be seeking out her other titles.

The book is ably read by Mary Jane Wells, who is always a pleasure to listen to. The only problem I had was that she pronounced plaid as "played" rather than "plad". I have noticed this is another book she narrated with a Scotsman in it, but then the work was hardly used and therefore easily ignored. Here it crops up all the time, so was much more distracting.

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  • titchibee
  • 01-11-18

Bit of fun

A bit cringey in some places but boy did I enjoy this. I laughed loud and hard , I loved this book.

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  • francesca
  • 02-05-17

Don't let the cover put you off!!!!

It's akin to Philippa Gregory's work only with more sex:) A entertaining, funny and raunchy read!

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  • Lucie K
  • 09-19-14

Innocent , sweet and fun !

What a sweet fun book! The narrator did a great job. This story really made my day!

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  • Kylie M. Stead
  • 08-25-17

Amazing story

I loved this story and it's twists and turns.
Now whilst loving this audiobook I do with the lovely lady reading this had the true Scottish brogue. But then again for the wee English lass the story was about it would have been a little hard.
Enjoyable and keeps you enthralled. Looking forward to more.