Title: The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Author: Annette Blair
Series: Accidental Witch Trilogy #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 4th – 6th September 2019
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: Damn it!
He sought his birthright
Long ago, Rory MacKenzie’s Scottish ancestor lost the bewitching woman he loved and regretted it forever. Before he died, he sent her his greatest work of art, a beautifully carved unicorn, as a token of his eternal devotion. Now, Rory is determined to reclaim the unicorn and restore his clan to glory.
She fought her birthright
Like all the women in her family, Victoria Cartwright has inherited the key to the mysterious wardrobe in the family attic. Legend says that only the girl who possesses the magic of her ancestor can reveal the treasure within. But Vickie refuses to believe she is any sort of enchantress.
They both got more than they bargained for…
When Vickie unexpectedly opens the wardrobe, the unicorn makes her dreams come true – until the handsome Rory shows up with his own plans for the unicorn, and for Vickie…
This is a beautiful, fantastic, breathtaking end to a beautiful little trilogy. It has the same level of cute, sweet, heart-happy overload of the first two books. But with just that little bit of extra magic thrown in to spice the pot. There’s nothing like fate, destiny and a magical spell or two to help sweep along the romance. To a beautiful Scotsman. With a serious attitude problem.
It’s hard to find someone who will accept you for who and what you are. Even when you don’t have the extra burden of magical powers. And a man who is inherently terrified of that extra something that this woman possesses. Vicky and Rory’s constant tango as they both try to come to terms with her magic is kind of a beautiful symbolism of the battle which many of us go through to find someone who just accepts us for us.
I have a Scottish background, it’s diluted, but it’s enough that I’m constantly fascinated by any character from the country. There is something weird about it that seems to keep drawing me back in. Which, of course, is why I immediately found Rory fascinating. He is a cantankerous Scottish hermit with a HUGE chip on his shoulder. All things that will immediately draw me in. Partnering him with an absolute sweetheart like Vicky and intertwining their lives with foolish ancestors and a prophecy or two was just brilliant. I found myself completely drawn in by the title, let alone when the story started…
Unlike the first two books in this series, The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe ties much tighter to family and history. Kira and Mel are both in difficult family situations, but they are a backdrop to the main storyline. Vicky’s family on the other hand act as a major plot twist and moment. Their relationships not only drive Vicky’s attraction to Rory, but also provide her with a moment of power that she would have been otherwise unable to achieve. Sisters are wonderful, and irritating, and quite possibly going to drive us all completely insane. But they are also the people who give us the most strength. And I think that Vicky’s discovery of her family reflects that perfectly.