Even a jaded reader will enjoy this book, as it's full of humour and poignant moments. The first few chapters are laugh out loud funny. Shy Maddie is tired of being pressured to socialise, so she invents a fake fiancé, a soldier Logan MacKenzie. When she tells her family the fake fiancé died in action a relative bequeaths her a Scottish castle where she retires, a happy spinster..... until the day the real Logan MacKenzie shows up at her door.
The fake fiancé farce is really funny. The story of the Scots dispossessed from their lands is poignant. But the experiences of Logan's soldier companions are heart breaking. The author treads a fine line between humour and pathos but she does it well. Do keep a box of tissues on standby.
Much of the book's quality comes from the lead characters who become truly believable people as their own stories unfold. There are also some lobsters with their very own story. It's a very satisfying book and highly recommended.
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