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Girl in the Castle: fall in love with a Highlander by [Lamb, Lizzie]
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About the Author

If you have a dream - go for it Life is not a rehearsal After teaching my 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, I decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue my first love: writing. In 2006 I joined the Romantic Novelists? Association?s New Writers? Scheme, honed my craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted(2012), quickly followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride (2013) and Scotch on the Rocks (2015) - finalist, The Exeter Book Prize. I love the quick fire interchanges between the hero and heroine in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and I hope this love of dialogue and the meet-cute comes across in my writing. Although much of my time is taken up widening my readership, publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted, Boot Camp Bride and Scotch on the Rocks I have now finished a fourth novel - GIRL IN THE CASTLE, due for publication April 2017. I am a proud founding member of the indie publishing group: New Romantics Press and have hosted Author Events at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, and Aspinall, St Pancras, London and raised funds for local Cancer Awareness charities. As for the years I spent as a teacher, they haven?t quite gone to waste as I am building up a reputation as a speaker on the subject of self-publishing and how to craft and finish your novel! I hope you enjoy reading GIRL IN THE CASTLE ? I had enormous fun writing it and am currently in the planning stages for #5.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957398573
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Romantics Press (25 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06ZY4HSZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another gem from Lizzie Lamb. I am so envious of Henri's job as an historian researcher, and even more so of her Scotsman in a kilt. I loved the characters, the setting and all of the little bits of Scotland that Lizzie manages to get into her novels. Already looking forward to number 5.
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Once upon a time, a beautiful princess lived in an ivory tower and dreamed of growing up to become a professor of history. Now with her newly minted PhD in hand, Dr. Henriette Bruar assumes her latest discovery will put her on the fast-track to a coveted Lecturer position and research career. Instead, her career in ruins, she finds herself forced to hide from the academic world by taking a temporary position cataloging the library in a semi-derelict Scottish castle for a remote Highland laird, Sir Malcolm MacKenzie.

But as the decaying books fail to yield the treasures that might save either the MacKenzie clan or her academic career, Henri finds herself in unwilling conflict with almost everyone around her, from Sir Malcolm to his staff, local residents, and especially the Laird’s estranged son and heir, Keir MacKenzie. Heir to a bankrupt estate, Keir unwillingly accepts Henri’s presence to catalog and dismantle the remainder of their once-prosperous castle. Meanwhile Henri is an unwilling observer as she watches an old tragedy continue to destroy the lives of everyone around her, while she herself keeps hearing the warning sounds of a ghostly piper.

Adding up the de rigueur gothic romance tropes—remote castle, handsome heir, beautiful young employee, jealous romantic rival, wealthy suitor, and that phantom piper—and you have all the tropes of a standard romance. But tropes exist because they work. In the hands of a talented writer like Lizzie Lamb, they aren’t cliches as much as they are building blocks, which she makes uniquely her own. For example, Henri doesn’t insist that she has no idea what men see in her with her long legs, thick blonde hair, and green eyes. Instead, she dryly cataloges the men who only see that far and miss her driving ambition.
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I loved this book. It's the first I have read by this author. Doctor Henri didn't plan on taking on this job up in the highland castle and finding love. It's had me gripped from start to finish and as well as been an interesting story had a very cosy feeling to Scotland that I love to visit. Good insights into the language and foods of Scotland that you come to learn from. I will certainly be reading more by this author
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I’m a big fan of Lizzie Lamb’s writing and devoured this, her fourth fabulous novel, with delight. I loved the heroine Dr Henriette Bruar from the moment I met her on the train en route to a remote Scottish castle to register the contents of its library. Learning of the injustice of the situation she’d temporarily left behind her, had me firmly on her side and rooting for her. She had grace and a confident humility about her that made me easily empathise with her. One of Lizzie Lamb’s big strengths is her descriptive settings; the history and Gaelic references she includes add such sparkle and authenticity to the story. A gorgeous hero in Keir Mackenzie and a brilliantly created cast, including cantankerous ferryman and manservant, Lachlan, whose spats with Aunt Alice, the housekeeper, had me, at times , in stitches, bring the story alive. I could picture the scenes so well. I loved the chemistry between Keir and Henriette who have plenty of conflict thrown in their path to happiness as more of the castle’s secrets and discoveries unfold. Keir’s own family history and estrangements within the Mackenzie clan leave a tear in the eye and give him a wonderful vulnerability to offset the brawn. Double swoon! All in all another top read from an author whose books I always relish reading.
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What's not to like? The author has surpassed herself with Girl in the Castle. A really enjoyable romantic comedy which had me laughing out lout in places. Yet at the same time, it is romantic and touching.

Ms Lamb has the ability to draw you in. The characters are beautifully drawn: taciturn Lachlan, the old curmudgeon Laird, the lovely practical Alice, and of course the two stars of the show, academic and not so sure of herself Henri, and demoralised Keir. And what a heart-throb Keir is! Enough to make any girl swoon. And then there is Coirstaidth (forgive me if I haven't spelt it right) who will steal Keir if she can, and her suave brother Sandy. Add in a photogenic soon-to-be derelict castle in the middle of a Scottish loch clothed in mist, and you have the makings of a great novel.

I really did enjoy this tale of love and treasure-hunting, and I would recommend it. It is a great tale, but also the verbal sparring between the different characters kept me hooked. I also learned a little Gaelic.
Very atmospheric, beautifully written and a joy to read.
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By the time I’d finished this latest novel from Lizzie Lamb, I felt like I’d actually been on holiday in Scotland, so authentic were the settings and the speech. Following an injustice by the Dean of the college where she works, academic Henriette Bruar is recommended to catalogue the library of a Scottish laird in a remote Highland Castle. Because of an initial misunderstanding over her name, the inhabitants, the philandering Malcolm MacKenzie, his housekeeper Alice and general factotum Lachlan are all expecting a male professor. Adding to the general confusion, the son and reluctant heir, Keir MacKenzie, arrives on the scene. After some initial conflict between her and Keir, the two are drawn inexorably towards each other, as they become involved in subterfuge to rescue some family papers and an exciting treasure hunt that can save the MacKenzie fortunes. Although the two novels are not connected in any way other than being set in Scotland, this is a very worthy successor to Ms Lamb’s previous novel ‘Scotch on the Rocks.’
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