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What if the steps they take to avoid marriage...


The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he's met that obligation, he'll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him ...

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Overview

What if the steps they take to avoid marriage...


The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he's met that obligation, he'll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.


...Lead instead to impossible love?


At her step-father's insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she's done her duty, she'll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety... or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably-until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences threatens to keep them apart.


"Burrowes' powerful and complex characters will enthrall you." —RT Book Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Sent to England under duress to land an acceptable husband, heiress Hannah Cooper, prickly and plagued with a limp, has no intention of marrying and can hardly wait to head home to Boston—sans husband—to make sure her family is safe from her scheming stepfather. But she must endure a Season first, and her host, Asher MacGregor, the new Earl of Balfour, who is also supposedly looking for a bride, is charged with seeing that all goes well. Although the chemistry between them flares, they both realize that their responsibilities lie on opposite sides of the Atlantic—unless they can find a solution. VERDICT A pair of seemingly ill-suited protagonists with more in common than they'd thought finally find trust and love in this engaging, deliciously sensual, superbly written romance by one of the genre's rising historical stars. Burrowes (Once Upon a Tartan) lives in rural Maryland.
Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
Burrowes closes out her Victorian-era MacGregor series (The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Once Upon a Tartan) in fine style, tickling fans with the reappearance of some old friends from her other series. After years in Canada, Asher MacGregor has finally returned to Scotland and his rightful position as Earl of Balfour. Duty requires him to take a wife and secure the succession, but his secret heartbreak leaves him indifferent until he is tasked with introducing an alluring, independent-minded American heiress to society. Miss Hannah Cooper is determined to avoid marriage—her wicked stepfather has been trying to maneuver his way into her money through potential husbands for several years—but with Asher’s love, there just might be a way to resolve the ocean of obligations that separates them. Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions. This novel is a perfect example of her consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Literary Agency. (Feb.)
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"This novel is a perfect example of [Burrowes's] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402268731
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: MacGregor Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 19,022
  • File size: 972 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    A sweet and lovely historical romance, The MacGregor's Lady was

    A sweet and lovely historical romance, The MacGregor's Lady was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a wonderful conclusion to a great series.

    Hannah was a good heroine. She wasn't the type to live the way others told her to live and she was very loyal to her loved ones. That was also a problem, though. I liked that she was so devoted to her family, but it frustrated me that she could see no alternative but to return home, when there were other solutions to be had. It was irritating because her stubbornness hurt Asher and that man was nothing but sweet. It was a bother, but it wasn't a huge problem. I still really liked Hannah, particularly when she came to her senses. She was a lovely heroine.

    Asher was a total sweetheart. He was so wonderful. I loved how determined he was to win Hannah over and how loyal he was to his family. I thought he was just perfect.

    The romance was sweet. Hannah and Asher were a lovely couple. Even when it seemed liked things wouldn't work out for them, their feelings were never in doubt. And there was chemistry between them from the moment they met, which led to some steamy scenes. I thought they were great together.

    Since this book is set in the late Victorian era, we get to see our old favorites, the Windhams, years after their story concluded. It was fun seeing how everything turned out for them and I thought it was a nice touch.

    The plot was okay. The pace was a bit slow and there were some parts that dragged a bit. It wasn't enough for me to get bored, but it was enough that I couldn't get totally drawn in to the story. But, I still really liked the story and I thought it was a wonderful conclusion to the MacGregor Trilogy.

    The MacGregor's Lady was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, this is a book you might want to check out.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    Asher MacGregor has been charged with escorting American heiress

    Asher MacGregor has been charged with escorting American heiress Hannah Cooper through London's ballrooms to find her a titled husband. He has spent the last several years in Canada and the last thing he wants to do is escort someone to parties while in London.

    Hannah Cooper is only in England to satisfy her step-father desire for her to marry. Unfortunately, Hannah would rather be back home waiting to be of age to get the inheritance that will protect her family in Boston.

    Although neither of them want to go looking for a spouse, Hannah and Asher promise each other that they will do so on the condition that the other does the same. In the course of "looking" for a spouse, the two develop a friendship that quickly turns into something more/

    Can Asher open his heart to love again and will Hannah let Asher protect her family?

    This was a great conclusion to the MacGregor Trilogy. The whole series has me laughing out loud at the characters antics and this story was no different. 

    The only reason I didn't give this a 5/5 was that Asher's history came out too slowly. Throughout the rest of the series, Asher's family talks about him and the fact that he is in Canada but you don't really learn anything about him other than he is the oldest brother. The family had to declare him dead so that the next brother in line can take over the duties of the "laird". 

    I thought that Burrowes would start out with Asher's history to bring us up to speed. Unfortunately, she didn't and parts of the story were confusing to me because of this. There is a scene in which Asher thinks something and I had no idea what it meant. Later in the story, more of his history is revealed and his comments make more sense. I think that having even just a little more background information would have made the story less confusing.

    Thanks got out to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy of the book in exchange of and honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    Asher MacGregor, the eldest of the three brothers featured in th

    Asher MacGregor, the eldest of the three brothers featured in this series, has been in the Canadian wilderness of North America, far away from his Scottish estate. He is a trained physician with the knowledge of the human body and raised between his mother’s Canadian family and his father’s Scottish family.
    He understands Hannah Cooper’s homesickness; she’s from the Americas, too—I loved that his nickname for her is “Boston”—and is in England to find a suitable husband, at the behest of her greedy stepfather. Her plan is to thwart them all as she has before so, when she comes of age, her fortune will be hers alone and she’ll be independent and free.
    Hannah is an unfashionable American, which comes to endear Asher to her. Her clothes upon arrival are worn and dirty, she loves to read, hates shopping, and she’s stubborn. She also has a limp from a childhood fall. All things that will count against her on the London marriage mart, to Asher’s concern and her relief. She also has a duty to protect her family, who are under the thumb of a cruel and abusive man.
    Their obvious and easy solution is to marry. He needs a countess and she needs to escape her step-father. The funny thing is, that is what both her step-father and his uncle, Baron Fenimore, intend. But Asher and Hannah cannot see it. She wants to go back to America and he is haunted by his first wife, as well as a secret he has not even told his family.
    The romance between Hannah and Asher is romantic and sweet. They begin as wary strangers with hints of mutual attraction, then his little attentions touch her—the way he fixes her shoes so she doesn’t limp, how he takes her for walks to strengthen her hip. They share rum buns and ale as they get to know one another, learning their secrets, their fears, their dreams.
    This story has a different tone to it from the more casual atmosphere of Burrowes’ brilliant Lonely Lords series. Of course, the time period is different (Victorian era), as is the locale (Scotland as well as London), but the characters are just as realistic and human as they always are in Burrowes’ fascinating little world.
    The Windham family make an appearance here; Gayle—from Burrowes’ debut, The Heir, is now the old duke with Anna his duchess along with some of his siblings.
    I am a bit surprised at the leeway permitted for Hannah and Asher to be alone together in his house, though he is her host and sponsor and her aunt Enid her chaperone. But Enid spends most of her time in a medicine-induced fog so she is rather ineffective. Even when his family descends on the London townhouse—the heroes and heroines from the first two books in the series, the two of them manage to steal moments alone to indulge in conversation and love play. Of course, as his siblings can all see the attraction between Asher and Hannah, they perhaps give them more time alone than would normally be allowed.
    There is a very nice homesickness analogy that struck me as I suffer from this malady: “’Rare blooms are sometimes surprisingly hardy. They don’t merely survive transplanting. Sometimes they thrive all the better for new conditions.’” (p281)
    I also enjoyed Hannah’s apt description of zoos as I feel this way myself. “’They are lions, made for swift and merciless pursuit of prey, hot, lazy afternoons sleeping off full bellies, and magnificent lives as lions where God intended lions to thrive. We make them something else entirely when we bring them here, pretending because they don’t die that we’ve provided adequately for them.’” (p92)
    History is interspersed in the cozy little details that Burrowes always lovingly attends to, with the newness of locomotives and people’s ambivalence to it as displayed by Mr. Draper. Also, in sensory descriptions: ”He was utterly solid, his pace was sedate, and given the way his coat had hung over hers, his scent was wafting into her nose. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, a little ginger, and a dash of sea travel.” (p27) And Hannah reads David Copperfield, which was published in 1850, firmly establishing the Victorian time period.
    Finally, Burrowes’ strong family themes shine through, with the camaraderie and deep love between Asher and his three brothers, and their wives and cousins. It is something both Asher and Hannah most have in common.
    Memorable moments:
    “Though affection for her? A fellow would have to scale the battlements of her disappointment and self-sufficiency, bare his soul, and place his heart entirely in her hands. But what a lucky fellow he’d be, if she surrendered her heart in return.” (p44)
    “…but she was American. He was coming to believe that was synonymous with unhinged.” (p284)
    A lovely finale to a gorgeous and romantic series set amid the Scottish Highlands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Slow but nice

    I love the characters and the story and setting. I like hervwriting style but like some of her other books there are annoying plot gaps. Why is fenimore plotting against them.....what about the stepfather? WHYis Asher doing this favor of introducing Hannah? The forshadowing promises that all such mysteries shall be revealed...but they aren't.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    I loved this series and hate to see it end. I agree with anothe

    I loved this series and hate to see it end. I agree with another reviewer that Asher's history would have been better put forth early in the book. That said Asher is a great character and really kept my interest in the book. Hannah was not as easy a character to fall in love with. Still I enjoyed the story line and loved the trilogy.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

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    THE MACGREGOR'S LADY by Grace Burrowes is another delightful Vic

    THE MACGREGOR'S LADY by Grace Burrowes is another delightful Victorian/Highalnder Historical Romance. #3 in the "MacGregor Trilogy", but can be read as a stand alone. Meet, Asher MacGregor, the new Earl of Balfour, and a prodigal son returned to the fold and Hannah Cooper, a Boston heiress Hannah Cooper, who is determined to save her family from her evil, abusive step-father. So off she is sent to England to endure a London season with her Aunt, her step-father's sister, who enjoys a bit too much Laudanum.

    First Asher just wants to fulfill his commitment than go back and accept his responsibility to his Scottish title. Then comes Hannah and her secrets.

    A fast paced tale of sacrifice, secrets, passion, deception, lies, misunderstandings, and love. A complex cast of characters as well as a complex, emotional story. We learn the why, what and how Aster was gone for so long and believed to be dead.

    A heartfelt tale of a Scottish Earl and a Boston Heiress. The final and dramatic ending to the "MacGregor" trilogy. I can't wait to see what grand adventure Ms. Burrowes has in store for her readers next. I enjoy this author's stories and "The MacGregor's Lady" was no exception. A delightful tale of love and passion. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: MILD

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Unloving characters

    From the first sentence the characters were dry. I cant even finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Liked it

    This is one of my favorite authors. I like this series but not as much as the Windham series or the Lords series. This is a good book but not a great book as some of hers can be. Asher is a great character. Hannah took a little longer to warm up to. Very good storyline. Good chemistry. I enjoyed it.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Sweet and Lovely The MacGregor's Lady is the third in this won

    Sweet and Lovely
    The MacGregor's Lady is the third in this wonderful series. The story is sweet , emotional and made cry too. Although the heroine is too stubborn but she has her own reason and I admire her. The Hero like all Mrs. Grace Burrowes is adorable and strong. I was so happy to have all the characters from previous series in this book too. Thank you Mrs. Grace burrowes

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

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    The third in Grace Burrows¿ MacGregor Trilogy, there were moment

    The third in Grace Burrows’ MacGregor Trilogy, there were moments early on in the story where having read the first two books would have been helpful, but the information required to follow the story is gradually revealed throughout the current story to answer those niggling questions. 




    A Victorian-era setting, the inclusion of the ‘across the pond’ introductions of American heiresses to find a titled husband and provide the older families with a much needed infusion of capital was just starting to become popular, and Burrows uses that element to great effect in this story. 




    Woman’s rights and standing were nearly unimaginable to the Victorians, and women of the day lived and thrived solely as things: every element of their lives were controlled and manipulated by their male relations, and few thought to defy convention and attempt to survive without those constraints.  




    Here we have Asher, a newly titled earl.  His character is wonderful: the title was not something that he was born into, yet his devotion to family has him reluctantly accepting the responsibility.  When he is pushed to escort a familial acquaintance through a London Season, he isn’t at all happy.  A wife or love interest is not in his sights.  




    Hannah is a Bostonian, sent with her aunt to have a London Season and find a titled husband.  She is not in the least interested: she isn’t willing to take the conventional route, preferring to wait and manage her own life. Along with her is an aunt, acting as chaperone, yet wholly unsuited for the task as she is obviously under the influence of laudanum (an opiate) that was popular in the day for the ‘ailments’ of women.  




    From here the story gradually develops and we see Hannah and Asher both coming to find a commonality in one another and their stories and reasons for not wishing marriage become clear.  The romance and pacing early in the story is near perfect and utterly engaging: these are two characters that you want to know, and see their pairing as perfect long before they have the realizations themselves.  Unfortunately, at the midpoint of the story the pacing slows and the angst levels start to grow: while little to no new information is provided, it is merely a rehashing of elements previously established.  But, there is redemption in that Asher’s story starts to unfold, and we are given more insight into his character that both inform his actions and the story.  It wasn’t a reason to stop the books by any means, but it did give me several opportunities where putting the book down was not a hardship. 




    What emerges, however, is a wonderfully detailed and developed romance between two characters that are of their time, but wholly unlike the stereotypical.  She is no shrinking violet and he is no callous cad: there is a respect and connection between them.  It is even passionate, despite convention, and their moments are both frequent and steamy, not to mention inventive.  Not all of the love is blistering passion:  Asher is a master of the small gesture, those moments that mean everything: sneaking her out to skate, presenting her with little treats and truly listening and remembering her likes and dislikes.  The romance and thoughtfulness of his character are so well defined and detailed that it is heartwarming and make him a spectacular romantic lead. 




    Closing with a masterfully developed climax, even the moments that were aggravating to me as a reader were forgiven, as the ending was just perfect for the story and the characters.  While it wasn’t as evenly paced throughout, the build up to and revelation of the conclusion to the story were perfection and dragged me to the end even as I wanted to savor. 
    I received an eGalley from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Good end to series! (LVR)

    Another excellent story from this author. The quality of her writing is so far above most of her contemporaries in the historical romance genre. I've read everything she has written and look forward to her next book!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Grace Burrowes wraps up her Scottish Victorian MacGregor trilogy

    Grace Burrowes wraps up her Scottish Victorian MacGregor trilogy with the final book, The MacGregor's Lady. Burrowes' fans have fallen in love with her lilting style and delightful prose. Burrowes has a knack for the historical side of her romances, as well as, the emotional side. With impeccable research and well developed characters, The MacGregor's Lady is sure to be hit with fans of historical romance and lovers of all things Scottish. 

    What I liked:

    The MacGregor's Lady is definitely my favorite of this series and perhaps one of my all time favorites from this author. The were a lot of things about this particular hero and heroine that really stood out and made this book so enjoyable. Both Hannah and Asher have pasts that are getting in the way of their future. Commitment and duty to family and to clan on Asher's part and a ruthless step-father who threatens everything Hannah lives for on hers. Unfortunately, their obligations lie on opposite sides of a very big Ocean. I think Burrowes did a fantastic job with both the research for this novel and the characterizations of these two lead roles. I loved everything about them.

    Asher is the epitome of a brooding hero when readers first meet him. He has been on the Canadian frontier for a very long time and re-orienting himself to family and home is difficult, especially when he is wrangled into providing escort for Hannah and her aunt as she looks for a husband in London. But he soon learns that her intentions are far different from what they seem. Asher is an enigma. He is this character who has been away for far too long. He has a traumatic past and it takes him awhile to open up about it. I loved everything about this character. He was so well written and interesting. Burrowes has done a masterful job with him. A caring and loving man who only wants to help his lady with her troubles. 

    Hannah is at times too stubborn for her own good. She has a plan and nothing or no one is going to stand in her way of achieving it. But she is unwilling to see that her plan won't work. Her dodged determination is a good quality but when the answer is starring her in the face she still doesn't want to accept it. I loved her for a lot of reasons. Her love for her family most of all, but she could be a little blind. I also like the fact that once she got over the fact that she was attracted to the dashing laird, she went for it. Even though an ocean of obligations stood in their way she wanted to experience what being loved by someone like him would be like.

    Together these two were simply amazing and Burrowes weaves love and history together like a beautiful tapestry. I love the way she balances her writing and gives readers all the emotional and physical connections between characters that make a good romance, great. And this one is great! I loved the sneak appearance from the Windhams and the other characters from the previous books in the series. It deepened the idea of family and where the line blurs between compassion and obligation, an underlying theme of this book. It was literally, just a fantastic book.

    Bottom Line:

    You'll be cheating yourself, if you don't read this book. It's one of the best historical romances I have read in a long time and this review cannot begin to reflect that. Grace Burrowes is a tremendous talent in this genre and readers who have gotten the opportunity to read her books are truly blessed. Enough said!

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    I loved this. It kept me guessing about what was going to Grandm

    I loved this. It kept me guessing about what was going to Grandma in the "right" place. Thank you, Ms. Burrowes!

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