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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.Read more ›
As usual, Lizzie delivered a great cast. Henrietta Bruar (Henri) was an engaging heroine, arriving at the castle to catalogue the contents of the library prior to auction. The laird, Sir Malcolm MacKenzie is a bit of a devil for the ladies – even Henri wasn’t safe from his wandering hands at times! Then there’s the no nonsense Alice Dougal who cooks and manages the castle and dour, outspoken Lachlan MacKenzie who’s not at all happy with the fact the newly-arrived Dr Henri Bruar is not only female but an attractive one at that! And then, of course, there’s Keir…a definite reason to revisit those episodes of Outlander. For Henri the path of true love is destined to become slightly bumpy following the arrival of brother and sister Alex and Ciarstaidh MacKenzie-Grieves. He is a charming wastrel while with her sights firmly set on Keir she makes it clear no one is going to get in her way, especially Henri.
A wonderful read with something for everyone. Loved it!
Henri is a wonderfully feisty heroine with a slightly murky past: “gorgeous, sexy” Keir isn’t initially the man of anyone’s dreams, but I so enjoyed discovering his hidden depths. The supporting characters are excellent too – Alice the housekeeper (with her own secrets), curmudgeonly (and very funny) Lachlan, the lascivious Sir Malcolm, and the element of complication to things running smoothly added by Alex and Ciarstaidh MacKenzie-Grieves.
The setting was wonderful – the unconventional access arrangements for the castle, the changing faces of the loch perfectly described, the castle itself vivid in every detail. Heavens, I could sometimes hear the phantom piper too. And although I must admit that I’m rarely a fan of accent and dialect being conveyed in dialogue, in this book it was so well done, so totally appropriate, that I really couldn’t imagine it being done in any other way.
This might be the first book I've read by Lizzie Lamb, but it certainly won’t be my last – I enjoyed this book very much.
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Lizzie has yet again, written a book that hugs you from beginning to end, like the big blankets needed in a cold castle. Read morePublished 13 days ago by S. Niven
A wonderful modern day fairy tale romance. I travel with my husband to the highlands frequently and recognised places mentionedPublished 14 days ago by Sarah
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Lizzie's books, and this, being her fourth, has to be my favorite so far. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Michele
I love all of Lizzie Lamb's books and Girl in the Castle - her latest Highland escapade - totally captivated me, yet again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs A W Vaughan
Just finished reading Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love history and books and this story had plenty of it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by English Village Artist
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... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MrsRave
Sweet story and loveable characters. Another great read from Lizzie Lamb. xPublished 1 month ago by Devon Violets
After a show of justified outrage with unfortunate consequences, Doctor Henriette Bruar with the help of Professor Maddie Hallam, has secured a job cataloguing the... Read more
This is an intriguing and deeply romantic novel laced with Lizzie Lamb’s own quirky humour and peopled by brilliantly drawn and often eccentric characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Minskip
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