This review is from: Lady of Skye (Sonnet Books) (Mass Market Paperback)
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! This is officially my first "real" romance novel - I don't think Mills & Boon or Francine Rivers really count. I thought I'd give Meg Cabot's older novels a try as I've found her newer stuff to be really hit or miss, and, hey, I had some spare BookMooch points.
I liked the fact that the two main characters were very unique - the man wasn't a jerkish, alpha male, and was actually rather gentlemanly. The woman had hobbies and interests, and wasn't a typical beauty. There were realistic, fleshed out minor characters who didn't disappear once they'd served their purpose in introducing the main characters to each other. There was even a sub-plot, involving cholera!
And yes, in some places it was predictable, and Cabot made some major errors which a proof-reader should have picked up on - she used both "trousers" and "pants", and "nappies" and "diapers," and at one point referred to a character as "The most beautiful woman in England" or something to that affect, when any numpty could tell me that they were on the Isle of Skye which is DEFINITELY in Scotland, which is NOT part of England - it is part of Britain. Also: no Englishman would refer to a kilt as a "skirt" and haggis is a poor man's meal; not something an Earl would feed posh guests.
However, these are minor errors which didn't really spoil the book for me. 'Lady of Skye' was great escapism and as I'm a true romantic at heart, I'll be on the look out for similarly fun and unique looking romances in the future.