What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons Series #1)

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She Woke Up Married

When Lady Georgette Thorold awoke she saw . . . her corset hanging from the armoire . . . a very handsome, very naked Scotsman lying beside her . . . and a wedding ring on her finger!

Before the attractive stranger can tell her his name, Georgette does the only sensible thing—she runs for it.

Little does she know, James MacKenzie isn't clear on what happened the night before either. All he ...

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Overview

She Woke Up Married

When Lady Georgette Thorold awoke she saw . . . her corset hanging from the armoire . . . a very handsome, very naked Scotsman lying beside her . . . and a wedding ring on her finger!

Before the attractive stranger can tell her his name, Georgette does the only sensible thing—she runs for it.

Little does she know, James MacKenzie isn't clear on what happened the night before either. All he knows is that his money is missing and the stunning woman who just ran from the room is either his wife or a thief . . . or possibly both.

What happens in Scotland when two complete strangers fall madly, deeply in love?

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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”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062231291
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Jennifer McQuiston's Second Sons Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 316,660
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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  • Posted February 26, 2013

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    Lady Thorold has just started to live again after a horrid marri

    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.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Wonderful reading!  This is a delightful and funny story of love

    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!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Loved it!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    A very fun book to read! It will remind you of the Hangover and

    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. 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    A great "unconventional" romance. Funny and light. W

    A great "unconventional" romance. Funny and light. While the two spend a good deal of time apart wondering who the other is, it works here as most of the book happens in 24 hours. Enjoyed it!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Highly recommend

    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

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    In What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston, In the early

    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.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    This is Jennifer¿s debut book and it was excellent~! I really en

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    I read some of the bad reviews, and honestly, I don't understand

    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.


    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

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    I really wanted to like this book but it was just Eh! I could no

    I really wanted to like this book but it was just Eh! I could not connect with the characters so I had to force myself to finish it. Not impressed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Anna

    This one?

    2 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    I will admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this boo

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Didnt want it to end!!!

    Great book. I fell in love with the characters. Cant wait to see what this author has in store next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Simply lovely. Beautifully written, charming, believeable and g

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Had a hard time reading

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    DEMIGOD: WHATS HAPPENING Ch.1

    CHAPTER 1 ::BA-BOOM!!::/ Running away is a lotta work. You gotta plan. Move. Collect. Hitchhike. And meet nice people that are helpful. Or you can beg like a wus. Follow these rules and your runaway will be cake. I saw posters on the brick walls of abandoned buildings saying," Are you an unordinary child, living unordinary circumstances? You are probably running away and need a place to stay well come on down to 'pcma afhl-olbod'! On 'ognl sildna' avenune, ognl sildna." It seemed legit besides the unordinary part and the odd letter combinations. But unordinary is no place for an average joe.
    I continued to stare at the letter jumbles and the letters started shifting. Pcma afhl-olbod changes to Camp Half-Blood. And ognl sildna changed to Long Island. I now know where i am going. Long Island Avenue! I turned around and looked at the street. Its quiet for 10:00 in times square . I saw 2 kids ,a boy and a girl, about my age (16) sprinting out of a gas station with backpacks on. "Run, we will lose it!" Said the girl. The boy nodded and ran more. I thought they stole something valuble that the girls worried we will lose. "Over there," the boy was pointing at me. My eyes shot wide open. Oh man... "Reinforcements...ha the gods werent bluffing." The girl said when they made it to me. "You must be good." "What...huh?" I managed. "He's not..." I looked behind them and noticed an Incredibly large dragon lizard thing emerge from the roof of the gas station. "WHAT IS THAT," "wait u can see that hydra?!?" Said the girl. " yeah i can see it perfectly well. Wait a what!" "ROARRRRRRRRRRR" the thing belted. It had 6 heads. Oh my... one of the heads let out a mop of flames and....BA-BOOOOMMMMM!!!!!!! I black out.

    1 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 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

    “From page one I was enthralled with this McQuiston masterpiece.” ~Under the Covers

    Recent widow, British, Lady Georgette Thorold groggily wakes up naked, in places unknown with feathers everywhere,and a very large man sleeping by her side. When she realizes she also has a wedding ring on her finger she panics and wonders what in heavens name she has done. Especially after the fact that she is finally free from an awful marriage and never wanted to marry again.

    As Scotsman, James MacKenzie awakens from his apparent drunken stupor he can hardly tell what has happened when Georgette clocks him with a chamber pot and makes a run for it. When he finally is revived by his brother William, he tries to piece together the puzzle that is before him in the room that has been left in complete disarray. When he finds his money missing, he is sure that the missing woman has stolen it so he angrily sets off after her, his only clue, her very beautiful corset.

    Georgette in the meantime, while making her swift exit, comes face to face with her cousin, Randolph, who has his own plans for his disheveled cousin of means. Great, yet another dilemma facing the evidently newly married woman. She quickly realizes that she must find this handsome stranger and get out of this marriage.

    What Happens in Scotland continues to be a whirlwind trek of discovery. Once James finally finds Georgette, mishaps continue and they have more than one mystery on their hands, primarily, are they married or are they not married? Can these two people from two totally different walks of life come to terms with what fate has dished out for them or will they throw in the towel? This very important question and many more will be answered in the immensely entertaining What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston.

    From page one I was enthralled with this McQuiston masterpiece. What Happens in Scotland evokes a large spectrum of emotions as it brings these quirky characters together. I had just come from reading some disappointing reads and was so relieved when this book had me laughing only a few pages in. I am very much looking forward to the next Jennifer McQuiston read, SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS. Thank you Jennifer McQuiston, for such an entertaining ride.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Excellent prose and dialogue!

    I'm only in Chapter five, but it's already apparent that this is one talented author!

    Seamless writing, excellent dialogue, and enough angst to keep you enthralled!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    LOVED IT!

    Hilarious romp Scottish style! Can't wait to see what comes next for this debut author!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    Widowed Lady Georgette Thorold had just finished two years of mo

    Widowed Lady Georgette Thorold had just finished two years of mourning after a bad marriage. She traveled to Scotland to visit her cousin and woke up in a strange room with no memory, wearing nothing but a wedding ring. She wasn't alone but has no idea who the naked man in bed with her is. After bashing the man over the head with a (thankfully empty) chamber pot she flees. And so begins Georgette's journey to piece together the events of the night she can't remember.

    Solicitor James MacKenzie awakens in a trashed room with a massive headache, a missing money purse and no horse. He remembers some things about the previous night, but not the identity of the woman he supposedly married. At first he's mad, but as the day goes on his feelings begin to change.

    This was a great book by a debut author. Filled with charming characters, it is a fun read as the story moves from Georgette's and James's individual quests to discover their path to each other...and possibly to love.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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