An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands

An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon: HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (234 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

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…

Captivating from page one, An English Bride in Scotland takes the reader on a vicarious experience from a nunnery to a castle in Scotland with a heroine that delights. This story sparkles with humor, pulsates with love, and abounds with loyalty, admiration and caring. It also has antagonists that create more than a little anxiety and ignite pure fury.

Never allowed to believe she lived up to expectations, Annabel was dumped at Elstow Abbey at age seven only to be snatched away fourteen years later to be used to fulfill a marriage contract. She is wed to Laird MacKay of Scotland in place of her older sister Kate who ran away with another man.

For fourteen years, Annabel’s only contact with anyone other than women has been Father Gerber, the abbey priest; so, to her, Ross MacKay is huge, a rough-looking wall of muscle with a spicy smell and a rumbling voice. Overwhelming!
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Ross, laird of the MacKay clan, has no great expectations about an English bride, but he will honor the contract made by his father years ago. He too is a little overwhelmed to see his bride-to-be is a five foot, curvy beauty with gorgeous teal eyes and midnight black, wavy hair. But he sees more than her beauty, he sees her anxiety, the fear in those beautiful eyes, and the tremble of her hands. Something deep inside him stirs and his protective mode kicks in.

Annabel’s uniqueness, curiosity, uncomplaining nature, and entertaining story telling endear her to the warriors traveling with Ross long before they reach MacKay Castle. Even though she does lots of foolish, outlandish things that create more than little trouble, these men are steadfast in their loyalty to her.

Other secondary characters like Seonag, the older woman at the castle who takes Annabel under her wing and gives her gentle care and guidance; Angus, the cook, that brings out a whole new facet of Annabel’s personality; and Jasper, the dog that had been Ross’s father’s are thankful for the new lady of the castle even if she doesn’t know what she is supposed to do.

Annabel’s family and how they figure into the story make shocking reading that whets one’s ire. Redeeming qualities seem to be altogether missing in them.

Best of all are the uninhibited love scenes. The humor, the caring, besotted but patient Ross, the untaught, responsive Annabel, and the breathtaking ecstasy, create euphoric wrinkles in time that make the mundane world and its worries fade away and let the lovers soar to their own ‘out-of-this-world’ place that is uniquely theirs.

An English Bride in Scotland is a ‘stay-up-late-to-finish’ story. Lynsay Sands is a fantastic teller of a tale with an easy writing style that lets the reader glide right along with the emotions and actions as if right there with the heroine and hero.


  1. Love Lynsay’s books shes one of my most favorite authors.

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