A Match Made in Heather

A Match Made in Heather

by Anna Harrington

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She was the laird's daughter. He was nothing more than a penniless, nameless Scot with nothing to offer but his heart. Fate tore them apart, but now he's back in her life with status, money and a title. Can they let go of past hurts and find love?

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ISBN-13: 9781250166883
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/19/2017
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 84,165
File size: 855 KB

About the Author

Anna Harrington is the author of The Secret Life of Scandals series with Forever romance. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time trying not to kill the innocent rose bushes in her garden. She is the author of The Secret Life of Scondrels series, including Along Came a Rogue.
Anna Harrington fell in love with historical romances—and all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in London, where she studied literature and theatre. She loves to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when she isn’t busy writing her next novel, she can usually be found in her garden, fussing over her roses. Anna is the author of The Secret Life of Scoundrels series, including Along Came a Rogue.

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Day One

Village Kincardine

August, 1819

Arabel Rowland's mouth fell open as she stared at the solicitor sitting across the desk as the terms of her uncle's will was read. Great Uncle Malcolm had been ill for months before finally passing on to heaven six months ago. His death had been expected.

But this certainly wasn't.

"I beg your pardon?" Her mind swam. "I've inherited ..."

"Castle Highburn, yes," Mr. Davidson confirmed. He pushed his spectacles into place on his nose and repeated, "Laird Rowland has bequeathed the property to you."

"Highburn," she repeated, her chest tightening with both disbelief and grief.

The ancestral home of the Rowland clan, Castle Highburn had been where Arabel spent a great deal of time as a girl visiting her uncle and auntie, riding horses across the hills, and climbing in the castle ruins. Even now, she could practically smell the sweet scent of heather rising from the fields and the earthy aroma of peat fires in stone cottages. She'd been free in the highlands in a way she couldn't be after her family was forced to move to Edinburgh. Even this short trip to Kincardine felt like returning home.

Her grieving heart warmed, as it always did when she thought of Highburn, and her eyes blurred with emotion.

"You are the last Rowland relation still in Scotland," Davidson continued. "The land would have passed to distant cousins — in the McDougal clan, I believe — so you understand why he left it to you."

Oh yes. Because the only thing more loathsome to Uncle Malcolm than leaving property to a woman was leaving it to a McDougal.

"What wonderful news." Her fiancé reached over to squeeze her hands as she held them lightly folded in her lap. She found no affection in his touch, but then, neither did she give any in return. She'd agreed to marry Ewan Murray only because he was proving to be her last chance at a suitable husband, and because her family now needed both the financial support and the respectable reputation he could provide. "And a proper wedding gift for you, too."

"Yes, a gift," she whispered, her heart too full of loss and gratitude in equal measure to find her voice. "But not for our wedding."

He stiffened. "What do you mean?"

"We cannot wed as planned," she explained softly. "Not next month. Not so quickly on the heels of this."

"His death was six months ago," Ewan reminded her. "Everyone will understand."

"The delay in notifying you of your inheritance is my fault, I'm afraid," the solicitor interjected, misunderstanding their argument.

Arabel breathed out a silent sigh of relief, glad for the interruption. Lately, as their wedding day approached, she and Ewan argued more and more. Certainly, it was only due to her nervousness over the upcoming ceremony, but she did so wish he would stop telling her what to do.

But if he didn't want a woman with spirit and a mind of her own, he had no business marrying her. A man could take the lass out of the highlands, but he could never take the highlands out of the lass.

"Settling the estate took longer than anticipated," Davidson explained. "There was a problem with the entailment."

"Problem?" Arabel blinked. "What kind of —"

"I believe he means me," a masculine voice answered from behind her.

The deep voice curled down her spine with a forgotten heat that set her trembling, one that pulsed electric through her and stirred up long-dead emotions. The same voice that had once inhabited her dreams ...

"Garrick," she breathed, his name barely forming on her lips.

He strode into the office as if he owned it, full of confidence and exuding the same quiet strength she remembered from ten years ago.

Ten years ... Good God. How could it seem as if she'd last seen him only yesterday, when she was still a girl and he barely more than a lad? Now, though, there was nothing boyish about him. More broad and solid than she could have imagined, he filled out the gray cashmere jacket he wore over a ruby brocade waistcoat and snow white cravat, decorated with a single ruby pin. Every inch of him bespoke wealth and fine taste, right down to the shine on his black boots. He dominated the small office, and the air crackled with his presence.

Yet it was his eyes that captured her, holding her stunned and breathless. They were the same emerald green she remembered, the ones she'd stared into for hours. But now their green pools held only a cold contempt as he deliberately raked his gaze over her, scalding her with its iciness.

Mr. Davidson nodded. "Lord Townsend."

Lord Townsend? Her lips parted in bewilderment. Impossible. This man was Garrick McGuiness, son of a blacksmith and former groom in her uncle's stables. She knew him as well as she knew her own face. Not even ten years' distance could make her forget him.

Mr. Davidson introduced them. "Your lordship, may I present Miss Arabel Rowland and her fiancé, Mr. Ewan Murray? Miss Rowland and Mr. Murray ... Garrick McGuiness, Earl of Townsend."

She caught her breath as the world shifted beneath her. Somehow she'd slipped into a nightmare and was staring at a ghost.

"Welcome to Village Kincardine, sir," Davidson said.

At that, Garrick's lips twitched, such a small reaction to the irony of the solicitor's greeting that no one else would have noticed. But Arabel did. There was a time when she'd noticed everything about him, so in love was she that she'd wanted to burn into her heart's memory every detail about him.

She had loved him. More than she ever thought possible. Garrick hadn't cared that she was only eighteen, with a stubborn streak and temper that sometimes got the better of her. Or that her ginger hair was more unruly than fashionable, and that she loved to ride and shoot just as much as her brothers. When she was with him, she'd felt feminine and soft, and he calmed her, reassuring her in ways no one else could. He'd been tall and broad, all solid muscle, but with her he was gentle as a lamb. She'd soon begun inventing reasons to linger with him in the stables. Then she'd found herself in his arms, and he'd found his way into her heart.

She'd never doubted that she would be his, as the beloved wife who would give him children and keep his home.

Until everything changed.

With the old anguish rising inside her, Arabel stood with as much dignity as she could muster. "Lord Townsend needs no welcome." She offered her hand to him, not at all certain of the protocol for meeting again the man she'd refused to marry. "He was born in Village Kincardine and once worked at Highburn."

"Aye, I did. But apparently I now own it." A dark smile of amusement played at his lips as he ignored her outstretched hand until she uncomfortably lowered it to her side. "Or at least partially." His eyes flicked to Davidson. "That was what you wrote in your letter, requesting this meeting. A co-bequeathal." When his gaze returned to Arabel, the iciness in him sent a shiver speeding through her. "Although you failed to mention with whom."

The blood seeped from her face, and Arabel sank slowly onto her chair, not caring how rude that was. If she didn't sit, she would have fallen to the floor.

Davidson gestured for Garrick to sit, but the earl declined with a wave of his hand and remained standing. His commanding presence in the tiny office only grew as he widened his stance and rested one hand behind his back in a posture of pure authority and power.

Sensing the tension between them, Ewan placed his hand on her shoulder. "You are distressing my fiancée." Oblivious to the sharp narrowing of Garrick's eyes at that blatant scolding, Ewan turned to Davidson. "Explain, sir."

For once, Arabel was grateful that her mother had convinced her to marry him. As a banker in Edinburgh, he knew how deeds and entailments worked.

The solicitor cleared his throat. "Laird Rowland wanted the property's ownership to be split between Miss Rowland and Lord Townsend. Apparently, he felt that running the estate would be too much of a burden for Miss Rowland to assume by herself."

Knowing her uncle's conservative nature, Arabel was certain of it. But with Garrick, of all men! Had her uncle gone mad?

"The provision was made last year. Miss Rowland had no one to help her with the property when her uncle revised his will," Davidson explained.

Ewan's chest swelled with possession, certainly not with love. "She does now."

"Yes," Garrick answered, interjecting himself into the conversation as he sank lazily into the chair. "She has me."

Arabel gaped at him. Oh, he was mistaken about that! She hadn't had him to support her since that night ten years ago when he walked out of her life. Her family had needed her. She'd tried so hard to explain all that to him, to make him understand, to ask only for a delay in their plans. But he'd vanished in the night, without so much as a goodbye.

If he thought he could come sweeping back into her life now, after the way he'd wounded her, he was sadly mistaken.

With anger rising inside her at his audacity, she turned to the solicitor. "Lord Townsend has no familial connection to the estate. Why would Uncle Malcolm leave it to him?"

Garrick said nothing, most likely wondering the same.

"Your uncle claimed to be indebted to Lord Townsend," Davidson explained, shuffling through his papers. "Stemming from an incident shortly after his lordship began working for him." Blinking rapidly behind his spectacles as he read through his notes, the solicitor glanced up at Garrick with an expression of awe. "You saved his life?"

Garrick casually shrugged. Only when Arabel arched a brow did he quietly explain, "The harness broke on the four-in-hand. There was no postilion on the lead horse and no way to control the team, so I stopped them."

"How?" Ewan demanded.

"I jumped from the top of the carriage onto the rear horse, then climbed across the thill to the lead and wrestled it to stop."

Arabel let out her breath, not realizing until then that she'd been holding it or that her heart flipped painfully at the way he'd risked his life.

Ewan scoffed. "Anyone could have done that."

Wordlessly, Garrick slid his gaze sideways to Ewan, as if critically sizing him up. Then he looked away with a roll of his eyes.

Arabel grabbed for Ewan's hand to keep him from attacking Garrick. And to keep Garrick from pummeling him senseless in return.

"Apparently, Laird Rowland assumed that Lord Townsend not only deserved compensation but would be the right man to help oversee the estate." Davidson set down the paper and folded his hands on top of it. "The property is evenly split between you."

With careful composure, Arabel sat forward. "Then I would like you to begin proceedings for Lord Townsend to sell me his share."

Garrick replied coldly, "I have no intention of selling."

"B-but you have to!" she stammered out. "We cannot own property together."

"I agree."

A smile of relief touched her lips. She certainly hadn't expected Garrick to capitulate so easily —

"Which is why I'll let you sell your portion to me."

Her eyes flared at his nerve. Sell Highburn? Never. Given the sorry state to which her family had fallen, she owed it to her clan's legacy to retain the estate and care for it. To restore the importance they once held in the highlands. That Garrick, of all people, had ended up with the other half of it — the irony was biting. "That property belongs to the Rowlands."

"Murray, talk sense into your fiancée," Garrick urged with a nonchalant flick of his wrist, although his hard gaze never left her. "If you're able to."

Ignoring his baiting, she announced quietly, "I will never part with it." Then, unable to tamp down a dark urge inside her to strike out from the pain he'd caused her, she raised her chin and added, "I would never simply walk away from something I loved."

His jaw clenched hard, her arrow striking home. "I have no intention of selling —"

"Neither of you can sell your portion, actually," Davidson interrupted. All eyes turned to the solicitor. "Laird Rowland insisted that a clause be attached to the bequeathal."

"What kind of clause?" Ewan demanded, snatching up the will from the desk and scanning over it. His face fell as he read, "A month's settlement period."

"For which both owners must reside at Highburn with Lady Rowland, to help her transition into the dower house," Davidson explained. "During which time the property cannot be sold, including to each other."

Arabel glanced at Garrick, attempting to discern his reaction. But his handsome face remained inscrutable. He said nothing, focusing his gaze straight ahead.

"Further, if either party vacates the premises during this time, full ownership defaults immediately and without compensation to the remaining owner."

Dear God. Panic flooded through her as a dark smile curled slowly at Garrick's lips. She pressed the back of her hand to her mouth. Her aunt and uncle had been eccentric, but this — oh, they'd gone utterly insane!

"No," she whispered past her fingers. "What they're asking ... Why would they do such a thing?"

The solicitor shook his head. "I tried to talk Laird Rowland out of the clause, but he wouldn't be moved. Said something about an old wrong needing to be righted, but he was too ill to elaborate." He removed his spectacles and rubbed at the bridge of his nose. "And there you have it. Mrs. Stewart, the housekeeper at Highburn, is expecting both of you as guests for the next month. After that ..." He sighed heavily and perched the spectacles back into place, giving him the appearance of a fledgling owl. "I will gladly assist you with whatever arrangements you'd like to make concerning selling your shares."

Absolutely none. She cared nothing that Garrick had returned as a peer or that he'd somehow managed to make a name and fortune for himself. Highburn would never be his.

"This is absurd," Ewan interjected. "This cannot be legal."

"Oh, I'm certain it is." Garrick's cool gaze slid to Arabel. "But if Miss Rowland doesn't want to follow her uncle's last wishes, then I'll gladly take the property off her hands."

"You'll do no such thing!" Ewan snapped. He didn't understand how important her family's legacy was to her, but as a banker, he certainly understood the price of land and how much wealth it suddenly brought to their impending marriage. "That property belongs to Arabel."

Garrick grinned triumphantly. "And to me."

Helplessness ached hollowly in her chest. Her dream and her worst nightmare had collided, and there was nothing she could do about it.

Unless ...

"I wish to speak with Lord Townsend. Alone." She rose to her feet, forcing all three men to do the same, although Garrick took his sweet time. "Would you give us a few moments' privacy?"

Ewan stiffened. "I will not leave you alone with him."

Arabel bit back the retort that she'd be living in the same house with Garrick for the next month, if she couldn't persuade him to give up his share of the property this afternoon.

"Please." She held Garrick's gaze as she dismissed Ewan and Mr. Davidson. "There's no need to worry. Lord Townsend won't hurt me. Will you, my lord?"

His dark gaze never wavered from her. "I would never dream of it."

Casting uncertain glances at the peculiar turn of conversation, Ewan and Mr. Davidson reluctantly left. The door closed.

"You," she whispered to keep from being overheard by the two men outside, her voice little more than a furious rasp. "You have no right —"

"Me," he interrupted with all the impudence of a man born to the peerage rather than one who had achieved it. "And I have every right."

Brushing past her, he arrogantly walked away. He reached toward a decanter set sitting on the side table.

"Still Miss Rowland, is it?" he drawled, his back toward her. "I'm surprised. Thought for certain you'd be Lady Ian Campbell by now."

"Ian and I did not marry," she answered tersely.

He examined the scotch, then splashed two fingers' worth into a glass. "So Campbell refused to buy used goods, did he?"

He turned toward her just in time to see the flash of hurt his words shot through her, and he froze, the glass raised halfway to his lips. As if he couldn't quite believe he'd insulted her so viciously. Then his gaze dropped to his glass as he swirled the whisky, untasted.

Arabel flinched at the cruelty of his attack, but her heart kept pounding away furiously — the same as it used to whenever he'd kissed her or told her how beautiful she was. The same as it had the last time she'd seen him, even as it shattered when she'd watched him walk away.


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A Match Made in Heather 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this quick read! Arabel and Garrick's story is a reunion story and those are some of my favorite! If you are looking for a quick, light hearted read, then this is the one for you!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Author Anna Harrington does an outstanding job with her scenic descriptions and vivid portrayal of the deep emotions within Arabel and Garrick towards what happened in their past and how they feel about each other in the future. Garrick is a standout character for how his caring loving younger self matures through the pain of losing Arabel to his present day hard unemotional self who only desires revenge. This was handled with distinction and the reader will journey with Garrick as he once again unwillingly changes. I would like to say that Arabel did the right thing in the very beginning, but I can't. I would have liked her to be stronger and to love more faithfully. But to be honestly she did as was expected in her time and once again watching her change from a girl into a woman was rewarding as all her emotions were displayed for us to feel on every page of this book. It is interesting how the family dynamics come to play in this book and I did appreciate how they were woven into the storyline to further explain the rift that was caused in the past between Arabel and Garrick. I give this 4 STARS for showing that even a traumatic past can bring about a wondrous ending. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story by Anna Harrington! Her historicals are filled with plenty of history, fashion, tension and love for all to enjoy. Garrick McGuiness and Arabel Rowland's love wasn't strong enough to keep them together when dealing with family scandal, responsibility and the fact that he was a nameless and penniless Scot with no job in which to support her with. Years later he has the money, the title and the best way to take revenge on her family for sending him away, but in doing so what will become of Arabel and the love that they still have for each other? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
Arabel is the laird’s daughter who always has to do what her family wants to preserve the status and honor of the Rowlands. Garrick is the blacksmith’s son and he has nothing to offer Arabel but his love. A touching story about two people feeling deeply in love with each other and falling apart because of a scandal. I like how Anna Harrington writes. You go along hand in hand with the characters feeling what they feel; love, anguish, pain, loneliness, emotion. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy given to me by NetGalley.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
A Match Made in Heather by Anna Harrington is the story of Garrick and Arabel. Garrick once worked for Arabel's family about 10 years ago. Garrick and Arabel fell in love and had planned to runaway together and marry. But on the night they were to elope, Arabel came to him to say that her brother had gotten into series trouble and she could not leave yet. Arabel asked that he wait with her as her family fixed this latest problem the brother had caused. But Garrick has excepted a new job that starts in three days and doesn't understand her choosing her family over him. They argue and she leaves but not before he is attacked and warned to stay away from her. Now 10 years later they meet again but this time Garrick isn't the poor stable boy and Arabel has just agreed to marry another.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
A Match Made in Heather by Anna Harrington is the story of Garrick and Arabel. Garrick once worked for Arabel's family about 10 years ago. Garrick and Arabel fell in love and had planned to runaway together and marry. But on the night they were to elope, Arabel came to him to say that her brother had gotten into series trouble and she could not leave yet. Arabel asked that he wait with her as her family fixed this latest problem the brother had caused. But Garrick has excepted a new job that starts in three days and doesn't understand her choosing her family over him. They argue and she leaves but not before he is attacked and warned to stay away from her. Now 10 years later they meet again but this time Garrick isn't the poor stable boy and Arabel has just agreed to marry another.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
I just adored this story. Your heart breaks with the love that is torn from them and then all you can do after is cheer for them to find their happy ever after! Very well written for a novella story. This had enough detail, action and lovable characters to make it a page turner. The romance between Garrick and Arabel was full of chemistry and sparks! The snark in Garrick fit his position and part well – it made the story come alive. I loved the setting and story line of a beautiful crumbling castle and the tension that put on both of them. Perfect weekend read!! I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Jane_Pike More than 1 year ago
Heartless action, treachery or simply no love? Arabel, the laird’s daughter, is madly in love with Garrick, a stable hand. They plan to elope in order to be together. Arabel does it not only for love, but to avoid a loveless marriage to another nobleman as well and to secure her future with the man she loves. Both are Scots to the bones. Arabel is wild, passionate, fiery and speaks her mind. That spirit is what Garrick likes besides her flaming tresses. But when they see each other on that evening, Arabel denies him and he is heartbroken.She wants to explain herself but can’t. All he knows is that her family always comes first. Driven away, Garrick shapes a life for himself. Ten years later they meet. Both received an inheritance together, sharing the Rowland estate, managing it together. Arabels fiancé is not too pleased with the inheritance conditions but he wants the estate. While Arabel is shocked to learn that her old love is now the Earl of Townsend, a British nobleman and Garick is still drawn to the woman who broke his heart. But he has a plan, to bring down the family that destroyed his very soul and heart. You have two strong-willed independent and hurt characters that still harbor feelings and passion for each other but are mature enough to suppress them and cling to their beliefs. You can imagine that sparks are flying between those two. You have witty dialogues between a sassy grown woman and a strong hurt man. Absolutely great characters that you will like. The story is developing great and revealing some well-hidden secrets. A very capturing book that does not leave you wanting. In order to have a future they would have to let go of the past. But can they do that? And what is with the other hindrances? The only point that I had was that his change of heart came too fast for my liking. It had to come but it was not clear enough to me how it came, because he struggled so hard to keep it hidden (Apologies, I can’t be more specific or I would ruin the book). But it did not diminish the chemistry of the couple nor the story, that was a purely personal impression and it will most likely not be the same for everyone else. When you like strong characters that are smart, have backbone and fight for their beliefs and also like Scotland, this is your book.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Match Made In Heather by Anna Harrington is Garrick and Arabel's story. In this well-written book, Arabel has to refuse to leave with Garrick the night they were to elope. Years later Garrick returns when Arabel's uncle leaves half of Castle Highburn to each of them. Loaded with awesome characters, drama, humor and sizzle, this book will have readers glued to their kindles. I look forward to my next Anna Harrington book. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Second Chances can happen and in this heartwarming novella, the past catches up with the future. Arabel Rowland the Laird's daughter is in love with Garrick McGuinness, the son of a blacksmith. They plan to elope but Arabel feels she cannot leave her family because her brother is in trouble. Ten years later they are thrown together again and each has inherited one half of Castle Highburn, the estate of Arabel's uncle. Garrick had once saved her uncle's life and this was his way of repaying him. As you can imagine after not seeing each other for all those years and Garrick now holding the title of Earl of Townsend it was almost an explosive situation. At least in emotions of which neither had forgotten their love for each other. But there had been a lot of resentment on Garrick's part that Arabel had chosen her family over him and he wanted revenge. This story gripped me from the beginning and showed how misunderstandings, betrayal and strong love can change the course of a life. But there is always hope and this is a story not to be missed. Well done Anna Harrington! If I were not a fan before ( which I was!), I would be now!!
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Arabel and Garrick are set to elope when tragedy strikes her family. Heartbroken, she decides to stay with her family. Hurt and angry, Garrick decides to leave without her. In order to make sure that he stays away from her, Garrick is beaten and forced to leave the Highlands. Ten years later they are given a second chance for love and happiness. The very people who forced their separation regret the unhappiness their actions caused and create a situation to bring the two together. A chance is just that, a chance. In order to take advantage of it, Garrick and Arabel will have to deal with a rather odd shared inheritance, get to know and trust each other again, share hurtful secrets and move past them, and deal with a lukewarm engagement. A Match Made in Heather is a poignant love story that begins and ends in a field of heather. The characters, especially the hero and heroine, are strong and determined, written in a way that lets the reader to get to know and understand them. The plot spins right along filled with excitement, humor, and passion. This is a wonderful Highland romance. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and volunteered to review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arabel Rowland and Garrick McGuiness, the poor boy of blacksmith and former groom in her uncle's stables were going to marry, but in the evening they would run away, she gives up because, once again, her brother gets into gambling problems. Hurt, Garrick walks away alone and never looks back. The years passed, Arabel was engaged to Ewan Murray when she discovers that with the death of her uncle Malcolm, she had inherited Castle Highburn. The problem was that the inheritance was divided with the Earl of Towsend. Her surprise was when she discovered that the Earl and Garrick were the same person. He was awarded the title when he saved her uncle's life. Now they would have to share the castle's address if they wanted to keep it, or the loser would give its share to the other. 4stars The-Butterfly-Reads
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Anna Harrington’ A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER is simply fabulous. Garrick McGuiness and Arabel Rowland were madly in love, they had planned to elope, but family matters intruded; Garrick left, dejected, and Arabel was heartbroken. Ten years later, they are reunited under peculiar circumstances. They had not parted amicably, and time has not healed their wounds. A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER is a very moving story, and so meticulously crafted that it felt more like a condensed novel than a novella, still nothing was rushed. The characters are fully fleshed out, no detail is neglected, and we get the whole story behind the sorry mess which caused Garrick and Arabel’s grief. Ms. Harrington conveys Scottish pride as I have seldom seen, and there is a wonderful and completely unexpected moment when we feel the ice begin to melt between Garrick and Arabel; it was charming and felt completely genuine. This is a very beautifully written, engrossing grand love story that held me captive throughout. Anna Harrington demonstrates that it’s not the number of pages that really matter in the end, but what they comprise. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kincardine Scotland - 1809 Garrick McGuinness, age 21, is waiting late at night to meet Arable Rowland, age 19, as they plan to elope. Garrick has a new job waiting for him in Inverness as head groom for Laird Donnelly and it comes with a cottage. They are planning to elope because Arabel’s wealthy family would never approve of Garrick. But when he sees her, she has tearfully changed her mind saying that her brother, Samuel, is in deep trouble and she cannot leave him and her family. Garrick is frantic at losing her and he knows that her family wants her to wed Ian Campbell, son of the Duke of Argyll. But Garrick must start his new job in a few days or lose it. Angry, he turns away telling her to go to her family. Kincardine - 1819 Arabel Rowland has just learned that she has inherited Castle Highburn from her uncle. It is the ancestral home of the Rowland clan. She has agreed to marry Ewan Murray but does not care for the man. Her solicitor tells her that there was a problem with the entailment which turns out that she and Garrick have both inherited the Castle because Garrick had once saved her uncle’s life and because he felt Arabel would need help overseeing the Castle. He has earned the title of the Earl of Townsend and is now a very wealthy man. They also learn that they must live at the Castle for a month without leaving or their ownership will default to the other owner. As they spend time together, they share the events of the past years and the reasons behind the Rowland family’s misfortunes. Even though he has become accustomed to living in England, will he be able to return there knowing he is leaving his heart behind? This is a sweet love story. My only complaint is not with the story itself but the fact that so many Scottish stories I read show this intense devotion to the country with a rarely seen compromise. Congratulations to the author for another great book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The appeal of Anna Harrington is the fire that catches the minute her stories begin. A Match Made in Heather is no exception to the rule. At first introduction, Garrick and Arabel set off sparks. Yet social class and heartbreaking twists put an end to their happily ever after. Will fate bestow them a second chance or will pride be their greatest fall? A Match Made in Heather is a page turner. Unpredictably delicious with a little wicked temptation on the side.