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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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From Julia Quinn, the author of Bridgerton—along with close friends and bestselling authors Eloisa James and Connie Brockway—comes a thrilling tale of a snow-bound party in a Scottish castle.
And You’re Invited!
When Laird Taran Ferguson’s nephews refuse to find brides, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and bringing some lovely young ladies to his castle. Which author do you think escorted which heroine to the castle?
- Miss Fiona Chisholm, a beauty with a scandalous past
- Lady Cecily Tarleton, a lovely heiress—but she’s English
- Miss Catriona Burns, a lady with no name or fortune, so clearly someone made a mistake!
When it comes to gentlemen, did Eloisa invite an earl so stern that he broke his engagement after a mere whiff of scandal? Did Connie suggest that the Duke of Bretton fall asleep in the carriage used in a kidnapping? Did Julia bring a rogue whose reputation proceeds him?
A novel in three parts, as fresh and charming as the Highland air, written by three of the very best writers of historical romance.
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“A great read for anyone who loves a good romance, a must-read for historical-romance fans.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless.” — Booklist
- Publisher : Avon; a edition (December 26, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062107380
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062107381
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.07 x 4.36 x 6.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #236,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Upon first reading the premise of the book, I thought someone must have liked watching 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', the 1954 musical, as much as I did when I was a kid!
Taran Ferguson is laird of Finovair Castle in Scotland. Although still sprite,he feels he is getting on in years and not having any children of his own, wants to secure the family line through his two nephews, Robin, the Comte de Rocheforte and Byron,the Earl of Oakley.
One winter's night, he and his men decide to raid a house party nearby and kidnap three beautiful,dowered, young women, Cecily Maycott and the sisters Fiona and Marilla Chisolm. The thing is that they have forgotten to bring along a carriage,fortunately there is one awaiting them on their way out. Unfortunately, its owner the Duke of Bretton is still inside fast asleep and in the ruckus of the kidnapping, a fourth young lady, Miss Catriona Burns has been thrown into the mix too. Although she is equal in beauty to the rest, she is useless to Taran since she has no dowry. So now Taran and his men are in possession of four young ladies and one sleeping duke and they are off to Finovair castle.
Being that we're in Scotland, in the winter and a snow storm is brewing, it isn't long before the pass is closed, thus cutting off the castle and its inhabitants for several days. Just enough time for our very charming and very lively cast of characters to get to know each other better.
I spent most of the time reading this book with a grin on my face. The characters were all jolly fun and fun to read about. The dialogue was quite good too. Although there were still three different story-lines, it was nice that they all took place in the same setting with the same cast of characters.
The story begins with a kidnapping. Laird Taran Ferguson decides that it is time that his nephews- Robin and Byron- settle down and marry. So, he does what any rational man would do- he kidnaps several eligible young heiresses from a house party at a neighboring house and brings them to his decrepit castle. Robin and Byron are mortified by this, and then the situation becomes even more complicated when a snowstorm cuts off the castle from the main road, forcing everyone to hunker down for a few days. And then added to the mix, we have two unexpected guests- a charming young lady who is most certainly not an heiress and a very angry young duke who was sleeping in his carriage when the vehicle was used to spirit the kidnapped women away.
By using simple math, we can determine that we have three eligible bachelors and four eligible young ladies. I will refrain from discussing the particulars of the three couples so as to not spoil potential readers regarding the identities of the couples.
All three of the stories are sweet and relatively light as the characters try to make the best of their situation. One character- Marilla- stands out because she is very aggressive in her efforts to land herself a titled husband, and it is interesting to see the results of this strategy.
I would recommend The Lady Most Willing to fans of historical romance. Because we are dealing with novellas inside of a novel, there is not as much time to fully explore the characters, but the three authors do a fine job with the constraints of this format. I don’t think any of the three stories weakened the core narrative, and I was very pleased with the way things turned out.
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Romance that will make you smile, when four young ladies are unceremoniously kidnapped from a ball to spend several days snowed up in a freezing castle with several unattached gentlemen....