After her father and brother disappeared, Lady Jane Lennox is managing Bellhaven Castle. Nonetheless, her aunt has invited six suitors to compete for the right to her hand — and to protect Bellhaven’s towers of cool, pink-gray stone.
Among the six is Nicholas Kincaid, the one-time object of Jane’s affection. Two years ago, her brother banished Nicholas. A mere “sir,” in want of title or land, Nicholas was not marriage material. Now, Nicholas will have the chance to compete in challenges of wit and skill, rather than heraldry. But against noble swordsmen, dancers, and charmers, can he possibly win back her heart?
The six highland lairds could not ride sooner to the snowy bailey walls, as strange things keep happening to the family: a faulty carriage wheel, a loose step, high in a stone tower. Accidents, no doubt. But by Christmastide, Lady Jane will secure Bellhaven and choose a new love.
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I won this book in a Goodread's First Reads Giveaway! Loved it! This is an awesome story. Lady Jane Lennox will lose everything, her home, land and wealth if she does not choose a husband by Christmas. The war ended six months ago and her father and brother never returned. They are presumed dead. The terms of the will stipulate that Jane must marry or forfeit her inheritance. Her well-intentioned Aunt Margaret invites six suitors to the castle who must compete for Lady Jane's hand. Most are strong, wealthy and handsome young men. Four of the six have good hearts and will make a great husband. But there is someone in the picture who wants Lady Jane dead. In order to remain alive, Lady Jane must dodge a dagger, a poison-in-her-wine attempt, a cannon ball and arson. Lots of mystery and twists and turns!. I love a story that gets the reader engaged and rooting for one particular suitor to win. Nicely done!
Very well researched Historical Mystery-Romance. Lady Jane is a most gracious host in her Castle home, as six suitors vie for her hand in marriage. Competitive skills and strange accidents all become entangled in this story. Gerri Russell's research in writing medieval and renaissance historical stories is amazing. Pick up this story and read.