BN.com Gift Guide

Scottish Brides

( 34 )

Overview

A land of legend and wild beauty - of clans, lairds, honour, and passion - Scotland forever stirs the soul of romance. Now, in one incomparable volume, four of Avon Romance's bestselling authors present stirring tales of hearts won and weddings to be, featuring a quartet of unforgettable heroines about to discover the rapture of love in a world as untamed as the men they will one day marry

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (90) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $3.45   
  • Used (80) from $1.99   
Scottish Brides

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.99
BN.com price

Overview

A land of legend and wild beauty - of clans, lairds, honour, and passion - Scotland forever stirs the soul of romance. Now, in one incomparable volume, four of Avon Romance's bestselling authors present stirring tales of hearts won and weddings to be, featuring a quartet of unforgettable heroines about to discover the rapture of love in a world as untamed as the men they will one day marry

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
Is she a forbidden love or the bride of legend? Each story in this wondrous anthology stands on its own as superb, and together they make an unforgettable collection that will brighten your day. Sensual.
Romantic Times
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380804511
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 305,897
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart and RITA® awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Loving Rose is her fifty-fourth book. All of her previous works remain in print and readily available.

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained the overwhelming love of her life.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Scottish Brides

Chapter One

Scotland, 1805

"Andra didn′t tell you about the marriage kilt?" Lady Valery sipped the wickedly strong whiskey and relished the warmth it spread through her aged veins. "My heavens, what did you do to offend? The MacNachtans always drag out that marriage kilt to show everyone, whether they wish it or not."

The fire warmed the study, the candles lit the darkened comers, the clock ticked on the mantel, and Hadden sat, long legs stretched out before him, the very portrait of masculine power and grace.

The very image of offended virility.

Lady Valery hid a grin in her goblet. The boy -- he was thirtyone, but she considered him a boy -- did not take rejection well.

"Andra MacNachtan is unreasonable." He scowled into his goblet. "A black-headed, noodle-brained woman without a care for anyone but herself."

Lady Valery waited, but he said nothing more. He only gulped at his whiskey, his fourth since dinner and three more than the usually temperate drinker ever consumed.

"Yes. Well." She returned to her scheme. "The marriage kilt is exactly your kind of tradition. There′s a ragged old plaid cloth that′s reputed to bring good luck to the newlyweds if it′s wrapped around their shoulder..." She paused artfully for effect. "No, wait, let me think...if they kiss the sporran...no, perhaps it was something about wifely obedience. If I could remember the tale, I would tell you, and you could copy it into your treatise. But I′m an old lady; my memory′s not what it used to be -- "

Hadden lifted his bloodshot blue eyes to glare at her.

Perhaps that was laying it on a little too thick. Hastily, she abandoned that tack and, in a brisk, no-nonsense tone, said, "And I was never interested in that old-fashioned balderdash. I remember the ′good old days′ -- smoking fires, galloping clap, gin slums. No, give me my modem conveniences. You young folks can go poking around and call those days romantic and worthy of note, but I don′t."

"It′s not just your youth I′m recording, Your Grace, much though you would like to believe that."

Surly and sarcastic, she noted, his usual state since his return from Castle MacNachtan almost two months ago.

"It′s a whole way of life. Since Culloden, Scotland has changed. The old ways that have existed since William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are disappearing without a trace." He straightened his shoulders, leaned forward intently. "I want to record those fragile fragments of culture before they are gone forever. If I don′t record them, no one will."

Lady Valery watched him with satisfaction. He′d been this emphatic and enthusiastic almost from the first moment he′d arrived at her Scottish estate, a skinny, frightened nine-year-old. He′d taken to the open spaces and gray mists of the Highlands. He′d grown tall and hearty as he roamed the glens and braes, and he′d discovered in the clans and the ancient ways of life a continuity his own existence lacked.

Not that his sister hadn′t made a home for him -- she had -- but nothing could substitute for two parents and a place to call his own.

Lady Valery had hoped, when she sent him to Castle MacNachtan, he would find his place there.

Instead, he′d come back silent and grumpy, brooding in a manner quite unlike his normal personable self.

Once Lady Valery had diagnosed the malady that vexed him, she had resolved to set all to rights, and her plan, as always, was working perfectly.

"I understand now. You′re tactfully telling me you′re not interested in the MacNachtans′ wedding kilt because it′s not important." She set her goblet down with a thump. "I don′t blame you a bit. It is an obscure legend, and rather absurd, and the MacNachtans are a dying clan. That girl, that Andra, is the last of them as far as I know. Yes, you′re right." She acted as if he had spoken. "If you don′t record their history before that clan fades away, it will be of no consequence."

Hadden′s drink halted halfway to his mouth, and his fingers tightened on the cut-glass sides of his goblet. "Castle MacNachtan is two hard days of riding from here," he muttered.

"That′s true," Lady Valery acknowledged. It had taken her courier two days to get there, one day to search out Andra′s housekeeper and get an answer to her letter, and two days to get back.

"The roads are mud. The crofters are poor, the castle′s disintegrating, and it was none too fine a castle to begin with. And Andra MacNachtan is destitute and proud as the devil in spite of it, and so vain of her honoured Scottish ancestry that she can′t see what′s right before her nose."

Lady Valery smiled at Hadden, knowing she had well and truly set the hook. "So, dear boy, a noodle-brained woman like Andra MacNachtan is of no consequence?"

He stood, over six feet tall, a blond giant, handsome, irresistible, and so bristling with irritation at Lady Valery that he almost forgot his displeasure with Andra. "She damned well shouldn′t be."

"When will you leave?"

"Tomorrow morning. " Standing, he tossed his whiskey into the fire and watched the flames blaze up. "And the tale of this marriage kilt had better be true, Your Grace, for if I go all that way to make a fool of myself, I′ll hop a ship to India and make another fortune, and you′ll not see me for many a long day."

"You′d break an old lady′s heart?"

"Not if she′s a truthful old lady. Now if you will excuse me, Your Grace, I will go pack."

She watched him stride out, dynamic, overbearing, and so virile he made her long to be fifty years younger. "Oh, I am truthful," she murmured to herself "About the marriage kilt, at least."

Scottish Brides. Copyright © by Christina Dodd. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 34 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(15)

4 Star

(7)

3 Star

(7)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 34 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    Beautiful -- Could not put it down!

    Every story in this book is fantastic - I love each character, especially Rose. I hope more books like this one are produced.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 9, 2014

    I loved all 4 stories!! Usually with anthologies they are hit o

    I loved all 4 stories!! Usually with anthologies they are hit or miss, I was so surprised that all 4 were unique. Christina Dodd's story of Under the Kilt was the only one, that I felt there was a story prior to this one, maybe I am wrong. I would have loved to had the story of Hadden's first visit with Andrea. Instead, it starts when he is back awhile and goes back again. The story was sweet and short, but I did get a feeling for the character's Stephanie Lauren's story Rose in Bloom was a great read. A lot of tension, laughter, romance that bloomed, I was yelling at my Nook over Clarissa's character. Rose and Duncan had a lot of back story that was explained, and left nothing to question, and had a great ending. Julia Quinn story called Gretna Green, was one of my favorites. I thought I had it figured out about the brother and sister, and OH WHAT AT TWIST. The 4th story called Glenlyon Bride by Karen Ranney was another great read about how life in Scotland and England was so different in that time period. I loved Lachlan and Janet, or wow what a character Henrietta was. I usually don't spend a lot for my Nook e-books, because I read a lot and it is too costly. But, this is a great deal and worth every penny and your time spent. Great Anthology! (ljb)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 5, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    very entertaining, a must read

    IF YOU LIKE GHLAND ADVENTURES AND ROAMANCE THEN SCOTTISH BRIDES IS A MUST READ. IT HAS EVERTHING, HIGHLAND HUNKS, STRONG HIGHLAND WOMEN AND ROAMANCE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Awful

    I was extremely disappointed by the feeble attempts of these usually great authors to put together good stories. Christina Dodd's characters should have stayed under the kilt forever. Stephanie Laurens was bland and not even her steamy scenes redeemed this boring tale. I usually love Julia Quinn and I guess it was ok although not up to her usual standards. The only story worth my $6.99 is Karen Ranney's The Glenlyon Bride, I was actually sorry she didn't choose to write a proper historical out of it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    didn't like it

    Two out of the four stories were awful. The others were just ok.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great read!

    Wonderful writing and story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 34 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)