This engaging sequel to Johanna Lindsey's popular Scottish historical romance, Say You Love Me, is a
passionate adventure filled with action, humor, past tragedies, and romantic dilemmas. Lincoln Ross Burnett, Viscount Cambury, is visiting family in Scotland before beginning his search for a bride when he meets Melissa MacGregor. Coincidentally, the lovely young daughter of the MacGregor of Kregora Castle is preparing to leave her Highland home in search of a husband. Even before the delighted pair is reunited amid the glittering London Season, they're certain that they are meant for each other. But even destiny doesn't guarantee that everything, or even anything, about their courtship will go smoothly. In fact, a childhood dispute between Lincoln and his newfound beloved's 16 uncles is about to come between them, for the wild side of her family still think he's crazy, and he's equally convinced that they're a pack of savages. Having lost the best friend he ever had over this matter already, he isn't about to lose the woman he now adores as well. But it's soon clear the past is about to add some unexpected complications to the would-be bride and groom's plans for the future.
Energetic and expansive, good-natured and lusty, with enough flouncy dresses and galloping steeds to equip a comic opera, the sequel to Say You Love Me should delight Lindsey's many fans. From the moment that Melissa MacGregor and Lincoln Burnett set eyes on each other, they know they must be together. There's just one little problem actually, 16 very big problems: Melissa's uncles, who remember Lincoln as an out-of-control kid when they were growing up in Scotland. (After losing his father in an accident when he was a little boy, Lincoln was sent away by his mother to live with an aunt and uncle in England, and his bitterness toward his mother has grown ever since.) The uncles' obsession with Melissa's safety is just the excuse the clan of six-footers needs to treat Lincoln with brutish incivility for instance, conniving to stow him on a slow boat to China. But love cannot be shanghaied in a Lindsey novel, at least not for long, especially when it has a heroine like the strong-willed Melissa. The lovers pass one test after another, in the drawing rooms of the London season and the rugged terrain of the Highlands, meanwhile sharing hot kisses and the requisite night during which nothing goes unsaid or undone. What makes Lindsey special is that all her characters, major and minor, seem thrilled to be in the story; they manage even to have fun while pining or punching. There are no villains, only flawed human beings, occasionally misdirected by their loving hearts. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
When Lincoln Ross Burnett sees Melissa MacFearson in his Scottish homeland, he knows she must become his wife. Lincoln had left Scotland as a boy after the death of his father and was raised by an uncle who bequeathed him a title, property, and wealth. But his memories of abandonment by his mother have left scars, and Lincoln will soon find that Melissa, though as smitten as he, has a crew of uncles who hold a grudge against him dating back to his boyhood. While the point of contention with Melissa's uncles may seem a bit unrealistic, the author defends it fairly well. Will Lincoln be able to overcome these obstacles in his pursuit of Melissa? Although listeners may guess the answer, getting there is enjoyable, aided by Michael Page's ability to handle both Scottish and British dialects. His portrayal of older women is sometimes a bit shrill, but his facility with the Scots speech gives a real sense of the Highlands; he gracefully manages the scenes of emotion and seduction. Recommended for fiction collections.-Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
A lighthearted romp about the effects of a childhood misunderstanding that became a major feud. When Lincoln, Viscount Cambury, meets Melissa, it is love at first sight for both of them. However, their courtship is complicated because 20 years earlier her 16 uncles had become Lincoln's enemies even though they were just children. Now, the fellows are smotheringly protective of their only niece, and the couple does not have much time together as the entourage moves back and forth between England and Scotland. Most of the characters speak in a Scottish dialect. The story moves quickly, sometimes predictably, but with a few more creative elements toward the end. Readers get to know Lincoln and Melissa as individuals as they interact with the other characters, but the uncles are not well differentiated, although they don't need to be-six of them are even named Ian. Give this to readers who need cheering up; many scenes could be described as slapstick.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.