Strangers at the Altar review Ð 3

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Strangers at the Altar review Ð 3 à [Reading] ➭ Strangers at the Altar ➵ Marguerite Kaye – The secrets behind the wedding veil For penniless widow Ainsley McBrayne marriage is the only solution She's vulnerable yet fiercely independent so shackling herself to another man seems horrifying Un The secretsS into He sets her long dormant pulse racing and she's soon craving the enticing delights of their marriage bed She has until Hogmanay to show Innes that their fake marriage could be for rea. Well Harleuin MB I do often love your historical covers but this felt rather Christmassy considering the story is not That aside I have never been left disappointed by Marguerite Kaye's stories and this is no exceptionThe hero and heroine of this one as the title suggests are strangers at the start of the book and each for their own fairly desperate reasons agree to a marriage of convenience Ainsley and Innes can do each other a great service by saving Innes's family home from a trust and giving Ainsley a home and some financial security after her late unlamented husband lost everything they hadThe book starts in the city Edinburgh in 1840 so if you are looking for a Regency novel it's outside of that time It doesn't stay long in the city however as our couple hastily marry and move to Innes's country home castle of Strone Bridge Argyll somewhere as a self made man do like that in a hero he hasn't been for many yearsAinsley is by no means passive in all of this she has her security to gain if only for a while in a marriage in name only but not only that she has been making money by writing for a ladies magazine as advice columnist Madame Hera Love that name and love the letters they did make me chuckleThe magic of Strone Bridge works with this hastily matched couple so that as Innes tries to decide on what to do with the family home that in the middle of the nineteenth century is not really fit for modern purpose he also struggles with his dark past Ainsley and Innes grow closer as they work to unite this community that has been long left by Innes's family but is it realI enjoyed the idea of Ainsley having a profession and attempting to offer marriage and relationship advice to women who in this period had very little information to go on and places that could help Innes proved to be a surprise whom I was expecting to be a slightly rough around the edges character was surprisingly good at being a 'lord of the manor' at least in his care for the people He was also remarkably calm about Ainsley's work Her closeness and passions shared with Innes enable her to enrich her responses as an agony aunt even if they do complicate her life and the deal she made Innes needs to be honest with her and with the people of Strone Bridge before they can continue a life together To this end there are also some sensual scenesI also was intrigued by Ainsley's friend Felicity Blair who is living what we might refer to as a very modern life with a job and a lover retaining her independence What has she been up to with Eoin I wonderThis is a calmer novel from Marguerite Kaye than I have read of late perhaps in part due to a rural location and a mature hero and heroine This is not criticism but difference to me and is always refreshing

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The secrets behind the wedding veil For penniless widow Ainsley McBrayne marriage is the only solution She's vulnerable yet fiercely independent so shackling herself to another man seems hor. I had trouble getting into this book I should have loved it I'm a sucker for marriage of convenience theme I love torturedangsty characters and it's set in Scotland But I had trouble connecting to the characters Even in spite of the major angst the hero and heroine were feeling I felt like I was viewing them through a thick glass instead of being plopped right there in the actionI'm not saying that Kaye isn't a good writer That's evidently true I like how honest and authentic she is about women's issues and what it was like being a wife in the 19th century In that sense I did feel for Ainsley I can imagine how difficult it must have been in her marriage seeing her husband drive them into economic ruin and having her needs unmet and feeling like she was disgusting to her husbandI guess my disconnect was that I didn't uite believe in the romance between Ainsley and Innes Innes never won me over and I never formed an emotional connection to him I think he was really cruel in some ways to Ainsley even knowing how bad her first marriage had been I felt the grovel at the end could have been authentic I don't know that I would have taken him back so easily after the way he ended things So sadly I have to give this one three stars I hope I that I enjoy her other books because I do see some promise in her descriptive writing authentic heroines and sensual romance

review Strangers at the Altar

Strangers at the AltarRifying Until handsome stranger Strangers at MOBI #233 Innes Drummond tempts Ainsley to become his temporary wife Once married Ainsley hardly recognizes the rugged Highlander Innes transform. If you like good Marriage of Convenience story don’t miss this one 1840 Scotland A chance meeting in the lawyers office brought two very different people together impoverished widow Ainsley McBrayne and a wealthy engineer Innes Drummond As it turned out they were both victims of their fathers’ trusts Her father intention was to protect her from gamester husband; his father’s reason was to call him to the hill Unlike her situation his father will could be broken only by a very particular way marriage And here laid a solution to their respective problems They would get married he would pay off her debts and she would move to his castle to help him sort his unwanted inheritance They would still be very independent people who respect each other’s points of view without falling in love Or that what they thought would happen The strength of the story lay with its characters They are very sympathetic mature and have a great chemistry There are no annoying misunderstandings The only criticism I would have is the dialog feels little bit too modern for me