On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: She invented a sweetheart.
A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter...and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.
Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep - handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He's wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters...and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.
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An unexpected pleasure
Cute Story, But......
Doubtful. The theme of the story was charming: a shy debutante fearing her first London season and how she avoids it . Not interesting in marriage; wanting only to draw her pencil drawings Maddie devised a plan to stay at home. She created a love match with a Scottish Captain away at war. The beginning was delightful, the letters to the imaginary Captain were comical, but it soon lost it's humor and the story started going downhill after a real Captain MacKinzie appeared on the scene . The story didn't seem to have continuity and the very detailed sex scenes were 'thrown in' to take up space. I found the personalities of Maddie and the Captain inconsistent with the story as it progressed. It was poorly written in my estimation.
The beginning when Maddie invents her betrothed and the letters she wrote to her imaginary Captain. The narrator was also enjoyable to listen to. She did the Scottish accents especially well.
I don't remember hearing her before.
I didn't find the book romantic. The sex scenes were too detailed and seemed to be thrown in, rather than romantically led up to. I found the sex scene that took place when Maddie had just dressed to go to a conference where she was to be honored for her illustrations especially repulsive and out of place. But I found most of them thus.
I would have liked the book if the body of the story was as convincing and enjoyable as the beginning; if the author had better considered the personalities she created in her main characters while writing her story. It's hard to describe, but it's like the rhythm of the story was off. Throwing in the sex scenes the way she did just made the story more disjointed.
- Lady M