What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons Series #1)

What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons Series #1)

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by Jennifer McQuiston
     
 

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Jennifer McQuiston’s debut historical romance, What Happens in Scotland, is a lively, romantic adventure about a wedding that neither the bride or the groom remembers.

Lady Georgette Thorold has always been wary of marriage, so when she wakes up  next to an attractive Scotsman with a wedding ring on her finger, it’s easy to understand why

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Jennifer McQuiston’s debut historical romance, What Happens in Scotland, is a lively, romantic adventure about a wedding that neither the bride or the groom remembers.

Lady Georgette Thorold has always been wary of marriage, so when she wakes up  next to an attractive Scotsman with a wedding ring on her finger, it’s easy to understand why she panics and flees. Convinced that Georgette is a thief, her may-be husband, James McKenzie, searches for her. As both try to recall what happened that fateful night, they begin to realize that their attraction and desire for each other is undeniable. But is it enough?

Fans of Sarah MacLean and Mary Balogh will enjoy this utterly charming historical romance from award-winning author Jennifer McQuiston that features unforgettable characters and a satisfying mix of adventure and passion.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In McQuiston’s Victorian romance debut, Lady Georgette Thorold, a beautiful young widow, awakens naked in bed, married to an equally naked stranger. Angry and confused, the prudish Georgette knocks out James MacKenzie with a chamber pot before running away. Upon being roused, James cannot find his purse; he assumes his wife stole it and vows to see her punished. The second son of an earl and formerly a bad boy, James is now his Scottish town’s solicitor and is determined to make good. McQuiston provides a strong backstory for James but little for Georgette, and their separation until the book’s halfway point undermines its promising screwball start. In a more thoughtful and tender second half, the two go about solving the mysteries of their marriage, falling in love along the way, but the book’s lost footing is never quite regained. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Night Owl Reviews
“What Happens in Scotland is a delightful historical romance from debut author Jennifer McQuiston. Readers beware... you’ll love this charming story as much as I did. So what are you waiting for...grab yourself a copy and get to reading.”
New York Journal of Books
“. . . a delightful book, filled with humorous fish-out-of-water scenes, bright dialogue, and fast-moving action….Ms. McQuiston has created a funny, sparking, unique romance novel.”
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean
“What Happens in Scotland is clever and funny, charming and romantic, and a gorgeous read from first page to last. With a fresh voice and a gift for the unexpected, Jennifer McQuiston is a fabulous storyteller—make space on your keeper shelf!”
New York Times Best-Selling Author - Sarah MacLean
"What Happens in Scotland is clever and funny, charming and romantic, and a gorgeous read from first page to last. With a fresh voice and a gift for the unexpected, Jennifer McQuiston is a fabulous storyteller—make space on your keeper shelf!"
USA Today's "Happy Ever After"
“a tale both hilarious and harrowing”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062231291
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Series:
Jennifer McQuiston's Second Sons Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
477,103
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

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Sarah MacLean
“What Happens in Scotland is clever and funny, charming and romantic, and a gorgeous read from first page to last. With a fresh voice and a gift for the unexpected, Jennifer McQuiston is a fabulous storyteller—make space on your keeper shelf!”

Meet the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

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What Happens in Scotland 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Lady Thorold has just started to live again after a horrid marriage and never wishes to be strapped down by a man’s dictates. The widow, Lady Georgette Thorold decide to restart her life by going to visit her male cousin in Scotland. She awakes confused and in a bed with a naked bearded Scotsman and there is a wedding ring on her finger. Unsure how she got herself in such a state, she does what any reasonable Lady would do and hits the naked hunk in the head with a chamber pot knocking him out cold and runs away.  James McKenzie is rudely awakened by his brother Lord William. He is missing his wallet, has a cut on his head and has little recollection of the previous night. Believing he was robbed of his purse and most likely his prized horse by the most intriguing woman, he is hot in pursuit to track her down. It’s a story about two people unsure of the night’s events trying to piece together the clues they uncover and make sense of the circumstances they find themselves in... This was a slow building and charming story that reminded me of a historical fiction version of the “Hangover” movie.  Both characters have demons from their past to face before they can trust each other. A deviant plot is afoot and it could definitely threaten their ever finding happiness.  This was an intriguing romance, I found it moderately slow going but in the end I found myself completely engaged in the outcome. I am very much looking forward for more from Jennifer McQuiston, an extremely exciting new author in a genre I adore. This ARC copy of What Happens in Scotland was given to me by Avon in exchange for a honest review. Publish Date February 26, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the characters in this romp. Ms. McQuiston does a great job developing her characters and I loved how the heroine grows in confidence and as a person through the course of the book and that the hero loves her strength and works to bring that out. The H&H do have instant attraction, but there is also a relationship that develops along the way. The mystery in the book isn't a big mystery, but that's okay. All the little things that happened to the Hero and Heroine became comical, but not in a bad way -- just fun. I could barely put it down to do what I needed to do with my day, and then lost sleep, but then had that vague regret when you do finish and you hate to leave the characters. I will be looking for more of this author's work.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
A very fun book to read! It will remind you of the Hangover and you'll find yourself laughing while reading the book just like you might have with the movie. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful reading!  This is a delightful and funny story of love.  Can't wait for her next book to come out.  I'm a hooked fan of her writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all 284 pages by this new author, Jennifer McQuiston. It is a fun romance to read and who cares if it all happens in 24 hours, IT'S FICTION, why do you read fiction books except to enjoy and let the book take you into a fantasy. I will most certainly read more of her books. GJRA
kymroberts911 More than 1 year ago
I read some of the bad reviews, and honestly, I don't understand them. The title tells readers its like a night in Vegas. It's going to be wild with forgotten moments and the love story is going to be a fast whirl-wind affair. I was surprised the H/H didn't get together sooner, because I didn't read the reviews first, and 44% is late for a historical romance. But Ms. McQuiston's story was twisting and weaving the character's memories back together from two very different prospectives. The H/H were falling in love with each other through the eyes of others and the conflict in their relationship built throughout this time period--the story would have been lost if they'd come together sooner. Everyone makes mistakes in novels, and I'm very critical on huge mistakes, a few title errors, however, are totally over-look-able. As far as the scene with the stockings, yes the author could have expanded a little bit to show how shocking Georgette's actions were, but that was a pivotal moment of character growth for a very prim lady. I loved it. All in all, I think Ms. McQuiston is off to a very promising career among historical romance writers.
kipha More than 1 year ago
This is Jennifer’s debut book and it was excellent~! I really enjoyed how the story took place within a 24 hours basis. Which is very different from many of the other romance books I’ve read. I understand why some readers didn’t like it so much but as for me, I didn’t have any problems with it. I loved it~ I loved our heroes Lady Georgette Thorold and Lord James MacKenzie! They encounter some very funny situations and made me laugh at every turn while they were on the hunt for each other, and for their lost memories of the past night. The villagers of the little town of Moraig were also a part of what made this book great. They add for a very entertaining and hilarious village and makes me want to be apart of it. Did I mention that James has a beard? Well yes, he does. He sports a very robust beard that, apparently every Scotsman wore which I keep forgetting and always comes to a surprise to me when ever it is mention. So every time I felt frustrated at him I wanted to shave it off. There was rarely any problems for me in her debut book, although throughout the whole story the two characters don’t meet until the middle of the book. Maybe 1/3 into the book, I don’t remember but yeah, it’s not for awhile. They also didn’t admit that they liked each other till way past the half point, although there was an attraction lingering in the mist. There also wasn’t any love scenes till the very end of the book if anyone was wondering. This didn’t bother me but it made me want more and felt like the ending was rushed and could have been better. I think this being Jennifer’s debut book it was great. She has a great talent in telling their story and its fast pace made it impossible for me to even put the book down to eat! I can’t wait to read more from her.
greenvet2 More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this book when I looked at the cover. I tend to avoid the "harlequin romance" type of book that is all fluff and flesh with little in the way of plot and character development. But this book was a very pleasant surprise. Not only were the characters well developed, but the story was full of fun twists and turns. There is a distinct Shakespearean "Comedy of Errors" flavor to the story that the author has weaved. I admit that I lost several hours of sleep to this book as I just couldn't put it down. If you're looking for mindless smut...this is not your book. If you're looking for an easy read with a fun story and characters that you will like (and hate) to take your mind off your day...buy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I fell in love with the characters. Cant wait to see what this author has in store next.
Buckland More than 1 year ago
Simply lovely. Beautifully written, charming, believeable and genuinely likeable characters. Well crafted with visual dimension beyond the page. Totally enjoyed and look forward to the next book.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston, In the early morning light, Lady Georgette Thorold finds herself in bed with a naked hunk of a man in an unfamiliar room. She also happens to be naked herself with what appears to be a wedding ring on her finger. She remembers nothing of the previous evening or night and is suspicious she may have made a great mistake somehow. Georgette is interrupted in her search for clothing when the Scotsman awakens and suggests she get back in bed. She answers by panicking and throwing the nearest item, a chamberpot, at his head and then fleeing the room. The day just keeps getting stranger as she begins retracing her steps. It seems every person she meets has a story about the wild night she spent at the Blue Gander tavern much to her dismay. The last thing she can remember was her cousin Randolph taking her to the local church yesterday afternoon and feeling woozy, like she had taken a drink. But she despises liquor thanks to her now deceased drunk of a husband. She can't imagine she would be tempted by alcohol. Although it seems like she was tempted by more than just that, considering the congratulations the townsfolk keep extending on her marriage to James MacKenzie. Her next plan of action is to locate Mr MacKenzie and get their sham of a marriage annulled. Georgette finds barmaid Elsie Dalrymple in Randolph's cottage when she arrives back there to freshen up. Elsie kindly offers her services as a ladies' maid and fills Georgette in on any information she remembers of the previous night. Her embarrassment grows with each sordid detail. Along their journey to town, they encounter several people offering up their opinions on the events and casting judgement her way. When she finally comes face to face with her supposed husband, her hopes of amicably ending their marriage are dashed when he accuses her of stealing from him. She can't remember what happened but knows she isn't a thief. From there it is a race to find a way to prove to James that she isn't the kind of woman he thinks she is and to figure out if they are actually married or not. She can't explain why, but she is drawn to James like she has never been to another man. Their safety is threatened several times, with James unfortunately taking the brunt of it, so Georgette pushes to find an ally. This move may be the catalyst that either brings them closer together or pushes them apart for good. James MacKenzie has been trying to prove his worth as a lawyer and stand on his own two feet since leaving Kilmartie castle eleven years ago after a misunderstanding with his father. He's made great strides up until last night. He has woken up with a crushing headache from an apparent head wound and doesn't recall much from the past twelve hours or so. But the little bit he does remember seems to point in the direction of him having married a complete stranger. To make matters worse, his money purse containing all his savings is missing along with his very expensive stallion. His search for the truth leads him to believe his "wife" is the culprit behind all that has gone wrong since yesterday. But as his memory starts to come back, he wonders if there may be more to the events than he first assumed. James is forced to fight for his safety, along with Georgette's, once they are reunited and on the path to finding the truth. He is surprised as he becomes captivated with both her looks and her sharp wit. And she certainly challenges him, which as a lawyer he enjoys immensely. James begins to think he may be making a mistake trying to end this marriage without first giving it a chance. The challenge will be to convince Lady Georgette of the same. I really enjoyed this debut historical romance set in the mid-1800s by Jennifer McQuiston. The story switches back and forth between James and Georgette's points of view and takes place over the course of about 24 hours, which I thought was an interesting twist for a full length novel. The opening paragraph set a great tone for the rest of the book and is one of the best openings I've read in quite a while. I definitely recommend reading this if you're a fan of historical romances or if you simply want to read a wonderful story that's a bit of a wild goose chase through the Scottish Highlands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story takes place in a expanse of twenty four hours. This means two much is going to happen to quickly. Because of that I skipped over entire sections. I find story written like this makes figuring out the plot to easy.
GoddessPhD1 10 months ago
“What happens in Scotland” by Jennifer McQuiston is the definition of high concept novel, a historical romance version of the Hangover, where the couple retrace their steps to find out why and how they ended up married. Lady Georgette Thorold has just ended an extended mourning period for her poor excuse of a husband and is in Scotland to stay with her cousin before returning to London. However, her cousin has other plans. Plans that involve Georgette and he getting married before the next day. But Georgette has other ideas…and they don’t involve getting married. Ever again. I liked Georgette’s character growth. She starts off rather meek and proper, which is understandable given how her first marriage depleted her confidence as a woman. But with a dose of liquid confidence (i.e., brandy), she sheds her inhibitions as quickly as her corset and finds herself in bed with James McKenzie, a barrister and second son of an Earl. Over the course of 24-hours she not only discovers how she ended up in bed with her hunky Scottish husband, she also discovers a new facet of herself - the brave, rebellious, spontaneous woman that had been locked away during her first marriage. James is another complicated character, full of rebellious pride and a weakness for saving women who get themselves in trouble. His father inherited the title when James was only eighteen and the seismic shift from ‘comfortable’ to ‘royal’ has never seem to fit well on him. The confines of ‘high society manners’ tightened around James like too small suit and he fled to school, cutting all ties with his father. Georgette’s presence in his life forces him to face his past, the pain from a teenage scandal, and make him the whole man who can handle our heroine. The supporting characters were fantastic: The mysterious scandal surrounding David Cameron makes me very curious to read his story. Patrick is also a second son (and veterinarian) that I can’t wait to read more about. Elsie Dalrymple, bar wench turned lady’s maid was refreshing. I will miss Elsie’s honest approach to relationships and men. Above all, Elsie was a good person and I adored that Georgette found her again and offered her the job again. Lastly, I adore McQuiston’s idea for a series around Second Sons. What a fabulous idea! Maybe readers would like a change from billionaire Dukes who own a fleet of motorcycles and tattoo parlors? I know I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book ! This was the first book I've read by this author. I enjoyed it so much, this will definitely not be the last.
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This was a fun and amusing story, the story of the forgotten night is slowly revealed for the heroine and the reader. It is a delightful farce. Enjoy
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Georgette wakes up in bed with a man she has no memory of. She is a recent widow who has no plans to remarry or be under another man's rule. However it seems she has remarried and after hitting her new groom over the head with a chamber pot she flees. James awakes with no memory and wonders who the lady who fled is. He is told he married her to protect her but after finding his money gone thinks she is just a thief. Now the two try to collect clues as to what happened the previous night and who the other is. Georgette only hears good things about James and rethinks her opinion of him. When she meets him again it is only to have him call her a thief. Geogette is in danger and she will have to get James to believe her. They may not regret all they did the night before after all. I knew from the first chapter this was going to be good. Georgette doesn't want to be married and you know that from the start. As she flees she finds out what happened the previous night little by little. Getting married isn't the only thing she has done. It seems she has a new maid who is different from what she is use to, a kitten, a dog and so much more. James doesn't want to depend on his family and is a.great guy. He will help anyone but he refuses to be took advantage of. I laughed so much while reading this book. I enjoy historical romance books and figured this would be one but it is so much more. You really get involved in the mystery of the drunken night and seeing what all both of them did. There is the element of danger as someone is bound and determined to marry Georgette. You also get the romance and James and Georgette so fall for each other. If you enjoy historical romance this is sure to please you. If you think it's not your thing I would still recommend this one as there is so much more to this book.
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