An English Bride in Scotland

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Overview

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 whois betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing aboutbeing 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 ...

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Overview

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 whois betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing aboutbeing 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'sblessed with lush curves only makes him utter hisown prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life,he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For thoughAnnabel's not the bride he planned for, she's the only woman he desires . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
“Sands’ companion to The Countess abounds with her hallmark humor and sensuality...fresh and delightful.”
Suzanne Enoch
“Lush, lively and romantic - Lynsay Sands hits all the right notes.”
Eloisa James
“Sands spins a funny, laughable tale; you’ll cheer as the drunk and the shrew discover they are a ‘perfect match’.”
Romantic Times on The Hellion and the Highlander
‘Sands is at her best in the third Devil of the Highland novel. Her delightful story featuring highly emotional characters, is filled with honor and passion and laced with Sands’ hallmark wit and sensuality. This one’s a keeper!”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Maintaining the tenor of the era while building a love story with sensuality and humor is one of Sands’ talents, and one she displays with relish...”
Kirkus Reviews
Instead of taking the veil as planned, Annabel is whisked away from the convent and ordered to marry Scotsman Ross MacKay, her runaway sister's intended groom. Since being sent to a convent as an oblate before she was 10 years old, Annabel has known a stern, joyless existence. Now, just weeks before she's meant to take her vows, Annabel's mother shows up to bring her back home, forcing her to marry the man her sister, Kate, has been betrothed to since birth. But Kate has eloped with a servant, and her parents, desperate for the dower, pass Annabel off in her place. After two decades in a stifling religious environment, Annabel's enthusiasm for her newfound freedom and a thousand new experiences is irrepressible, and Ross MacKay, her new husband, is captivated by her charm and spirit, despite the realization she is not his intended bride. Settling into his home and her place as wife of a clan laird, Annabel falls in love with her new life--and her husband--but she has been warned by her mother to keep her convent existence a secret, a detail which rests uneasily beside her honesty and straightforward nature. Navigating her new happiness against a wealth of secrets becomes even more complicated when an unknown enemy seems determined to harm Annabel; Ross must protect and defend the English wife he never knew he wanted but now finds he cannot live without. With humor, wit and compassion, Sands spins the touching tale of a lonely outsider who is rescued from the jaws of a bleak future and finds emotional and physical happiness through a marriage that was never meant to be. Ross is Annabel's perfect hero, allowing her to come into her own and standing up for her in quiet, powerful ways. Watching Ross and his clan fall in love with Annabel is touching, and Ross' prowess at maneuvering the church's "bedding laws" and Annabel's entrenched religious obedience are highly amusing. A sweet, sexy, fun romance, with clever accents of suspense and entertaining dollops of humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061963117
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 126,014
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

Biography

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.
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Good To Know

1.) I started The Deed (my first romantic comedy and the first book to be published) a year after my mother's death. I was very close to my mother and the year following her death was about the most miserable time imaginable. But then I decided I was tired of being down and unhappy, and looked around for something to lift my spirits and make me laugh. When I couldn't find anything, I decided to sit down and write my own. It worked! Emmalene and Amaury's antics in The The Deed had me chuckling as I wrote.
2.) I met my husband in New York in July 2003. I was there because of the RWA conference and he was there on vacation. The first day there we kept running into each other and chatting in front of the hotel, and then he asked to join our group (it was very brave of him. He was the lone male amongst six or seven women, lol). He's a Brit and I'm Canadian and the first two months of our relationship were conducted by phone as well as over the internet. Our first date was a week in New York in September, followed by three weeks in England. He then came to Canada in both November and December, the first time to propose and the second time for Christmas with my family and then to take me back to England with him for New Years. I lived in Northern England for two years. We married in New York and now live in Canada.
3.) I was writing about my husband before I met him. Single White Vampire came out in September 2003 and I took a copy with me to England when I went for the three weeks. I walked into my now-hubby's house to find at least six months worth of mail unopened and stacked up on a shelf inside the front door. When I stopped dead, eyes going wide with shock and asked "My God. That's mail. You don't open your mail?" He looked embarrassed and muttered some explanation about bills automatically being paid by the bank so no need to open those and everything else was unsolicited and he couldn't be bothered. When I burst out laughing, he started to frown and said "What?" My response was to dig out the copy of Single White Vampire and hand it over with the suggestion he read it. The mail thing wasn't the only similarity he had to Lucern Argeneau. There are many more and when he sat down to read the book, he kept stopping and turning a rather startled and even suspicious gaze my way and muttering that this sounded familiar" or that did. I had to point out that it really was coincidence, that I had written that story at least nine months before meeting him. LOL.
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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    Another ¿hysterical historical¿ from one of my favorite authors.

    Another “hysterical historical” from one of my favorite authors. Poor Annabel is packed up at the tender age of 7 and sent to live in a convent. Now 14 years later she is still a novice and has yet to take the veil. She isn't a very good nun. (Think Maria from The Sound of Music). All that is changed when her elder sister runs away with the stable masters son leaving her parents in a lurch. They had promised their eldest to marry Ross MacKay and he has come to collect. So Annabel is abruptly pulled from the abbey to take her place. She is totally unprepared to be a wife and lady of the manor. But those things that made her a bad nun may be just what she will need to the wife of the MacKay. Now if the big guy in the plaid would stop trying to kidnap her.
    This is a sweet, funny romance. It is obvious that Ms. Sands has done her research and had a great deal of fun with it. A little romance, a little mystery and a whole lot of fun. 

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Living in the past

    Each and every turn of the page was exciting, the author kepme engaged in the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Co

    Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Having been sent to a convent when she was merely a child, by her seemingly unloving parents, Annabel, aside from some “behavioral” issues, was well on her way to taking the veil, until an abrupt and surprise visit from her mother after fourteen years. Annabel soon realizes that her mother has plans for her and they aren’t out of love for her daughter either. Annabel, in place of her sweet, demure and perfect sister, is to marry a great Scottish beast, Ross MacKay, and why does Annabel have to be sacrificed? Her lovely sister has disgraced her parents and run off with the stable master’s son. So instead of being a bride of the church, Annabel is set to become the bride of Ross MacKay.

    Ross MacKay has set off to his prospective bride’s holding with several of his trustworthy men. He soon finds out that he is being tricked by Annabel’s parents, but upon seeing her innocence and beauty, decides to marry her anyway, and once he sees that her parents are not the nicest of people, Ross whisks Annabel off to her new home is Scotland.

    Unfortunately, no happily ever after ensues, for Annabel finds herself in harms way more than once on her journey and upon arriving in her new homeland. When Annabel’s runaway sister shows up on her doorstep, begging forgiveness on one hand, and flirting with Ross on the other,we find things are not as they should be. Even though it was pre-ordained for Ross to marry, he does his best to make Annabel aware that he will be a good and caring husband. Annabel, on the other hand, hasn’t had much to do with the outside world. She is innocent in many ways and also feels the sting of her parent’s rejection still after fourteen year. She in no way sees herself as bright and beautiful as those around her do, and even tries to fight the feelings that Ross has for her, even those she bears for him.

    An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands has all the makings of a fast paced historical romance. Ross and Annabel are fabulous characters with such depth and feeling. In a time, where there are so many Scottish historical romances out there, this one stands out for its romance, its antagonists and its tale. Ross’ protectiveness of his new bride from the first leaves an impression and Annabel’s sense of humor and her inquisitiveness makes her a great heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed Lynsay Sands An English Bride in Scotland and I think you will as well.

    *ARC provided by publisher

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Light, Fun and Engaging. Loved the Characters, the story and the

    Light, Fun and Engaging. Loved the Characters, the story and the romance. Another great read by Ms Sands.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Love the book, great story and one of her best. Great beach read

    Love the book, great story and one of her best. Great beach reading. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Awesome

    Such a sweet story a must buy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Go Lynsay

    I have been waiting for the next highland novel for a long time. I was so excited when it finally came that i bought it right away. Lynsay you did not disappoint. This wad just Ass Foss as every other one! Loved it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    AN ENGLISH BRIDE IN SCOTLAND by Lynsay Sands is an exciting Medi

    AN ENGLISH BRIDE IN SCOTLAND by Lynsay Sands is an exciting Medieval Historical Romance set in Scotland. The first in a new historical series set in the Highlands of Scotland. Fast paced with passion,innocence,and love. You don’t want to miss this tale of love with a bit of laughter,lots of passion,danger,jealousy,the fate of a beloved sister and the happiness of another. Follow Annabel and Ross MacKay on a journey of the discovery of love. With compelling characters,and an interesting plot,Ms. Sands has done it again with her witty banter between the characters, her Highlanders,and her wonderful plots. I can hardly wait for her next historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: HOT

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Super

    Very enjoyable loved the interaction between hero and heroine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

      I've just started reading Lynsay Sands books and have not been

      I've just started reading Lynsay Sands books and have not been disappointed.  I loved the story, the characters and the ending. It was refreshing to see that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that you can't judge a book by it's cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    First time reader

    My first for Lynsay and loved it... sweet sexy and loads of humor... must read!

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    Annabel and Ross were an excellent couple to read about in An En

    Annabel and Ross were an excellent couple to read about in An English Bride In Scotland.  I especially enjoyed the karma Linsay Sands
    dished out to Annabel's sister.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved it. funny, suspensefull, sweet and romantic, and sexy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    The best

    The best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    highly recommend

    loved this book, very good reading.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    loved it

    enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Funny and sweet

    I liked thi book more than I thought i would. It took me a bit to get into it but I am glad i finished it.
    I found my self laughing at parts and realy got into it. I was sorry when I finshed the book and will be looking for more books by Ms.Sands

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Great book if you like romance.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    Funny and witty!

    This is a fun love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Wonderful story

    This one just became my new favorite!

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