Title: The Laird’s Vow
Author: Anne Gracie
In: The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Scottish romance
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Perhaps I’ll one day come to rue the day I plucked a wee bog sprite from the mud and married her, but I doubt it.
The Laird wants to protect his inheritance from his spend-happy Uncle. And the only way to do so is to marry. In making a vow to marry the first eligible maiden he meets, he’s either making the greatest mistake of his life… or finding his own happily ever after.
Alright, so I knew that the first woman that the laird meets in this was going to kind of end up being the woman of his dreams. After all, it’s a short story in a collection of Scottish Romances. Nothing else is going to happen but two people meet and fall in love in a wonderfully short period of time. That isn’t to say that the journey isn’t wonderful. And my heart did that little skip-a-beat that it does when I find an incredibly sweet and beautiful tale.
I was expecting a lot more resilience to the bride in this story. Which meant that I was incredibly surprised when it didn’t really come about. The entire story was mostly about the marriage and then quickly getting to know one another, and of course, eventually realising that they were in love. I kind of liked the fact that there wasn’t a lot of resilience to the union – I was reading another romance at the time which did have a lot of resilience. So it was quite a nice change of pace to not have to worry about someone not getting their happily ever after.
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