Absent in the Spring (Shakespeare Sisters, #3)

Absent in the Spring (Shakespeare Sisters, #3)

by Carrie Elks

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From the bestselling author of Fix You, comes the story of an unexpected inheritance, a Scottish castle and the family secrets that surround it.

A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself - until she meets the gorgeous businessman Lachlan MacLeish.

Lachlan's used to getting the best, so when he needs a lawyer, Lucy is the one he hires. His inheritance is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his furious half-brother and there's no way he's going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he's in trouble.

Despite their efforts to resist, it isn't long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can't help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?

'Fresh, fun, smart and authentic' Heat Magazine
'An amazing romance that will captivate your imagination and warm your heart.' Mad About Books
'If you're after a book to get lost in, to step inside a world of characters you will adore, then this is the book for you.' Whispering Stories Book Blog
'I loved the characters, I loved the plot... and I loved the London and New York settings. It really was a marvellous read!' Leah Loves
'An excellent novel.' Shaz's Book Blog
'A sexy, addictive romance worthy of big screen triumphs.' Kraftireader
'Perfect for a cold winter's afternoon.' Linda's Book Bag
'A magical, festive love story' Susan Scott
'A wonderful, captivating romantic story.' Chicklit Club
'Will stay with me for quite some time to come . . . Simply a wonderful read.' A Spoonful of Happy Endings

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155414209
Publisher: Carrie Elks
Publication date: 04/26/2018
Series: Shakespeare Sisters , #3
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 913,045
File size: 641 KB

About the Author

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

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Absent in the Spring 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have two sisters and I know that dynamic is hard sometimes. I love the family dynamics in this series!
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Absent in the Spring is the third book in the Shakespeare Sisters series by Carrie Elks, with Summer’s Lease being book one and A Winter’s Tale being book two. Each book follows the life of one of the four Shakespeare sisters. This time we get to spend our time with the eldest sister Lucy Shakespeare, who is a lawyer living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. Lachlan MacLeish lives and works in New York. His father recently died and in his will left him Glencarraig Castle in Scotland and the Lairdship that comes with it. However, the will is being contested by his half-brother Duncan MacLeish, as he believes that he should be the rightful heir to the castle and the title, as Lachlan was the illegitimate son of his father, although the oldest of the two. Lachlan needs the best lawyer in Scotland to help him win the case, so hires Lucy. If anyone can win she can, with her no-nonsense, tough attitude. The two though don’t expect to find themselves highly attracted to one another. Can they manage to keep their relationship strictly professional? Once again Carrie Elks has written an absolute joy of a book. One that had me hooked from the very first page. The whole setting, from Scotland, New York, Miami, and Paris had me pining for a holiday as the places sounded so amazing. The characters were all such a delight to spend my time with, perfectly realistic and very relatable too. Lucy is normally a stickler for the rules and a workaholic, but something comes alive in her from the moment she meets Lachlan. She is a very professional woman and doesn’t like feeling like a teenager, having tingling moments every time Lachlan’s name is mentioned. Lachlan himself is a workaholic too, spending his time between his head office in New York and one of his businesses in Miami. He’s had to work so hard to get where he is now, whilst Duncan had everything handed to him on a plate, so he’s not giving up the castle that easily. His father obviously wanted him to have it, and have it he will. Both have issues to deal with in regards to ageing, sick parents. Ms. Elks has clearly done her research as these parts were written with such finesse and thoughtfulness. Having watched a member of my family suffer from dementia, I can honestly say that Oliver Shakespeare’s character (The sister’s father), has been written so accurately to what I personally witnessed. What I truly like about this series is how the sisters from the previous books, make numerous appearances in this one too. I enjoy seeing how their stories carried on after the end of their books. This is a feel-good, uplifting novel that I enjoyed immensely. I now look forward to reading the last in the series, book four, and getting to meet the last sister Juliet and her daughter Poppy properly. Although I’m not sure that I want the story to end, it has been a wonderful series, one of the best I’ve read in a long time.
BibliophileJo More than 1 year ago
The highly anticipated third instalment of the Shakespeare Sisters has been released and I have been lucky enough to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and learning more about the eldest Shakespeare sister Lucy. She has always been an enigma, a workaholic and the one all the sisters turn to. She is their rock – the strong one. In this charming tale we see the other side of Lucy and met the one thing she couldn’t foresee coming into her life – Lachlan MacLeish. These two are a match made in heaven if either of them could possibly let the other in. We are taken on a journey and watch as two solitary independent people engage in a courtship unlike any other with twists and turns that make this story so wonderful to read and savour. Both are so scared of being hurt and alone that they don’t realise their inaction and reticence makes the one thing they were trying to avoid happen. Simply put they make each other “feel” again. These two characters need each other and deserve to be loved so it’s leap of faith time. If you have read any of my reviews you will know that I do not give away the storyline but I will answer these two important questions - Would I recommend this book? In a heartbeat! Will I read it again? Yes! I look forward to the continuation of the Shakespeare Sisters series and Juliet’s story.
Izzybear More than 1 year ago
Absent in the Spring was a beautiful and heartfelt love story. The book was well written and had lots of depth to it. The characters were very lovable. Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop. I look forward to reading the next book.
StelT More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Shakespeare Sisters series. This is Lucy and Lachlan's story. I did not read the previous books, but I did not feel I had missed too much by jumping in at book 3. Lachlan hires Lucy as his overseas lawyer to help him save his Scottish estate from his half brother. A long distance relationship with both having secrets from their pasts make it a tough road, but it was a journey worth taking. This was my first book by Carrie Elks. I enjoyed the writing style, pace of the book and the twists. This was a fun read. I am providing my honest review after reading an ARC of this novel.
trosado More than 1 year ago
5 STARS! I enjoyed this story so much. The writing was fluid and engaging with beautifully developed characters and storyline. Lachlan was a wealthy hero, but without the typical arrogance and alpha tendencies. Definitely a favorite hero. The relationship between Lachlan and Lucy developed in a natural and realistic way that kept me pulled into the story and rooting for their HEA. I was simply transported into this world through the intricate detailing of both characters lives, backstories, and families. All-around, Carrie Elks did a fantastic job with this story. Although this is my first foray into the world of the Shakespeare Sisters, it reads perfectly as a standalone and encourages me to quickly start reading the two preceding books. (This is my voluntary and unbiased review of an advanced copy of Absent in the Spring.)
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
The third in the Shakespeare Sisters series takes us on a global trip visiting Edinburgh and Paris, New York and the Scottish Highlands, so I couldn’t wait to hop aboard and see what lawyer and eldest sister, Lucy’s story would bring. “She was Lucy Millicent Shakespeare. She ate American businessmen for breakfast.” The American businessman comes in the form of Lucy’s newest client, Lachlan MacLeish who is facing a legal battle over the Scottish home bequeathed to him by his father, and who also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous. And when his visit to Scotland moves from Lucy’s Edinburgh office to his ancestral home nestled away in the Highlands, business soon becomes pleasure. “You want to see me lose control? Just keep doing what you’re doing.” To a degree, Carrie Elks lulls her reader in to a false sense of romantic security as you watch these two career-focussed people throw caution to the wind and give into their mutual attraction making full use of the sparks flying between them. But on the flip side, Lachlan and Lucy have crossed a professional line, live thousands of miles apart and each have a vulnerable edge stemming from years of dealing with their own personal hurts and you can’t help but feel that after the calm, a storm is coming. “You can resist all you want, but you can’t fight against nature.” I won’t lie, at 70% this story took a bit of a nosedive for me, with elements added to create conflict which did little to endear secondary characters and led me questioning whether I needed to be checking myself in for anger management counselling. Yet I still remained invested in Lucy and Lachlan’s plight and, whilst the crescendo towards the storm might not have worked entirely for me, everything beforehand was a delight to read and what came after set everything back on track. “If you wait for the stars to align, and for everything to be just perfect, you’ll be waiting for ever.” Book 2 in this series remains my favourite all round, but with a likeable leading lady, moments of amusing banter between the sisters and a man to fall in love with, Absent in the Spring does come a close second. And with the foundations set for Juliet’s story, I’m looking forward to seeing what By Virtue Fall brings when released in November.
EllenH More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by this author I have read and OMG did I LOVE it!! The characters are so real and the emotion so heart felt. I am not someone who gets emotional reading books but this book had me so caught up I found myself crying multiple times. Sooo good!!