The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings

The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings

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by Gayle Callen
     
 

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USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen creates an unforgettable story of mistaken identity and irresistible attraction in this first in a wonderfully engaging series set in the Scottish Highlands

Shaken from sleep during the night and bundled off to the Highlands by a burly Scot, Riona is at first terrified, then livid. Hugh McCallum insists they were

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USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen creates an unforgettable story of mistaken identity and irresistible attraction in this first in a wonderfully engaging series set in the Scottish Highlands

Shaken from sleep during the night and bundled off to the Highlands by a burly Scot, Riona is at first terrified, then livid. Hugh McCallum insists they were promised to each other as children to ensure peace between their clans. The stubborn laird refuses to believe he's kidnapped the wrong Catriona Duff. Instead, he embarks on a campaign of slow-burning seduction . . .

At first, Hugh cares only what their marriage can do for his people. Now he's starting to crave Riona for her own sake, but her true identity jeopardizes his clan's contract. And unless she chooses to risk all to be his bride, he'll lose the only thing he prizes more than the lands he's fought so hard to save—the passionate marriage they could have together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/28/2015
Callen’s first Highland Weddings 18th-century historical begins with the kidnapping of a woman who has been mistaken for her abductor’s fiancée. Riona Duff is taken from her bed by Hugh McCallum to fulfill the betrothal contract agreed upon by their fathers. As they travel from York to Scotland, Riona tries to convince Hugh that his intended bride is really her cousin, Cat, but Hugh doesn’t believe her. Riona refuses to succumb to Hugh’s allure or acquiesce to the marriage, despite his attempts to woo her. Her determination begins to falter when they reach Scotland and she realizes the depths of the man claiming to be her betrothed. Without forcing her, he seeks to show her how good marriage between them would be, even as he is working to earn respect from his clan as their laird. As Riona gradually realizes her feelings for Hugh, she knows that her heart will be shattered when he learns that he truly has stolen the wrong bride. Callen’s unusual and moving story is enhanced by the realism of her characters, whose humanity is revealed through their imperfections. Agency: Fallon Literary Agency. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062267986
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/27/2015
Series:
Highland Weddings Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
207,259
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she'd always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, and been translated into eleven different languages. The mother of three grown children, an avid crafter, singer, and outdoor enthusiast, Gayle lives in Central New York with her dog, Uma, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero. She also writes contemporary romances as Emma Cane.

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The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was held spellbound by the plot and its multiple characters. Truly worth reading again and again. Romance at its best!
Sam1219 3 months ago
I received a free copy of this book from InstaFreebie in exchange for a review. When Riona is abducted in the middle of the night by Scot Hugh MacCallum, she is terrified, angry and confused. Why would anyone want to steal her away from her uncle's house after all? She is neither wealthy nor particularly cherished, so the likelihood of anyone paying a high ransom seems remote. When MacCallum explains that he is kidnapping her because they have been betrothed since childhood and now her father is refusing to honor the agreement, it becomes clear that he has mistaken her for her cousin whose name is also Catroina Duff. Additional evidence suggests that Riona's uncle never had any intention of marrying his daughter to the young laird, so he sent her away on an unscheduled trip and tricked Riona into sleeping in his daughter's room to lure MacCallum into abducting her instead so that he would breach the betrothal agreement and forfeit the lands he put up as his stake. Unfortunately, however, MacCallum doesn't believe Riona and thinks she is simply rebelling against an arranged marriage, much as he did when he first learned he would not be allowed to select his own spouse. And Riona is the lone Duff in a clan full of hostile MacCallum's. How can she convince Hugh that there really are two Catroina Duffs and that he abducted the wrong one without reigniting a clan war? How can Hugh convince Riona to go through with the betrothal? Can Riona continue to resist Hugh? After a 10 year absence, can Hugh return with a reluctant bride and show his people that he is not the impetuous youth he was and that he is now ready to be clan chief? The premise of the story felt a little contrived and far fetched, but once it got going, this book was a quick read with some unexpected elements near the end. While the notion of two women with the same exact name living in the same house seems a bit ridiculous at first, I could easily sympathize with her plight of not knowing who to trust when she first arrives at the castle. I thought Cullen also did a particularly good job depicting the extremely precarious balance of power and shifting loyalties that accompanies a transition of power within a clan. Overall, I enjoyed this book and am likely to read more from this author if I come across something, but it won't be at the top of my reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for any Highland story lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many parts that seem too lengthy, dragging the scenes on and on. Great story line, just needed to move on.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Hugh has known about his arranged marriage practically his entire life. When the earl goes back on his work, Hugh takes matters into his own hand by kidnapping his bride. However, Riona is the earl's niece, not his daughter, but no matter how many times Riona tells him, he thinks she is lying to get out of the contract. As it turns out, she happens to his perfect match. I loved that even though it was an arranged marriage, Hugh took his time earning Riona's love and trust over the weeks they spent together. I could actually see them form a real relationship and start to fall in love. Great beginning to a new series, the ending left me anxiously waiting for next book featuring Hugh's sister Maggie! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book..... like all of her books this did not disappoint. Really enjoyed the characters and storyline. Looking forward to the next book in March! Great job!
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first in a new highland romance historical series, The Wrong Bride is a wrong-place wrong-time situation gone horribly, or not so, awry. Catriona (Riona) is visiting her paternal uncle’s home, staying in her cousin’s room. Her cousin, also Catriona, is sent off to the country by her father, in anticipation of some forceful means of collecting on a bridal contract. See, years ago, her uncle entered into a contract for his daughter’s hand in marriage to Hugh, the son of the McCallums, an abutting landowner. Now, as the time for the deal is coming Duff has arranged for his own daughter’s safety. Rebuffed and angry, Hugh returns to capture his bride, taking Catriona from the room he knows is hers. Unfortunately, the girl in the chamber is not the promised one, and our story takes flight. Needing Hugh to understand and believe the truth, Riona is relentless in trying to get the bullheaded Hugh to listen to her: sure their names are the same, but she knows that the dowry he expects, so desperately needed for his ability to help the clan, won’t come, and she wants little more than to return home. But, Hugh’s plans for the clan, and his determination to do right by them, combined with his protectiveness, and despite his inability to listen, show him in a new light: one that doesn’t include crazed kidnapping highlander. With his realization of the truth however, a whole new set of questions are asked, and Hugh has decisions and doubts: will Riona, the one he has come to care for, take him, even if the contract was not for her. Well-developed characters who showed solid growth and growing connection, even as circumstances truly thrust the two together. While the “mystery” of the wrong bride was instantly apparent to everyone BUT Hugh, the fun in this story is in his slow realization of the fact, and the author’s choices for resolution. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago