The MacGregor’s Lady
Asher MacGregor, after spending years in the Canadian wilderness, returns to Victorian-era Scotland to a new life as the Earl of Balfour. Although wanting to mourn his wife in seclusion, he reluctantly agrees, in return for a favor, to squire an American heiress, Hannah Cooper, around her first London season. Hannah arrives in Edinburgh to thwart the scheme of her devious step-papa to snare her inheritance through suitors. While Asher should remarry, he is uninterested. However, en route to London, a severe snowstorm strands the party.
Circumstances require Asher and Hannah to seek shelter together in a lean-to, which brings them not only warmth but affection as well. While the taciturn earl could be Hannah’s savior, their responsibilities and differences span the ocean and test their love.
This book is the final offering in Burrowes’ MacGregor series. Although characters from the earlier novels make an appearance, they play a secondary role. There aren’t numerous storylines in this novel, either. The period dialogue is spot on and entertaining. However some older English expressions such as “his lands march with hers at Balmoral” might make us reach for a dictionary. While historical romances generally have predictable endings, Burrowes, a bestselling author, has done an outstanding job of taking the plot to a thrilling end. It will not only amuse readers, but might make a movie producer request a script. Highly recommended.