I’ve been waiting for the story about Aulay since he was first mentioned. After all, he’s probably the most unique of all the Buchanan brothers – he has a whopping great scar cleaving down his face. I didn’t realise that I would enjoy meeting him just this much though. He’s so dark and broody compared to the rest of the brothers, and I definitely much prefer that persona to the happy go lucky versions… although I do love them too…
Each time I pick up one of the Highland Brides books, I just fall a little more in love with the writing. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful. And they’re just so damn cute and sweet. Plus, I just love the interactions between the Buchanan brothers. Starting this story with Saidh being ridiculously pregnant and sending her brothers to check up on one of her best friends was just brilliant. Not only did I get to revisit characters that I kind of loved, but it just continued to tie in everything so damn neatly. It’s a great universe that Sands has created here.
This Scottish romance is the first in the series which feature the Buchanan brothers. Ever since they were mentioned in To Marry a Scottish Laird, I’ve been fascinated by Saidh’s mention of them. And, then, when she features in the next novel and her brothers come in to steal the show… I just wanted to know everything I could about each of the brothers! So when Dougall featured in this, with three of his brothers as a sidekick… I got seriously excited! The fact that Murine was also introduced previously and is such a sweetheart… it was hard to stop thinking about this book whenever I put it down.
Saidh has intrigued me since I met her in To Marry a Scottish Laird. After all, a Scottish lady who is a little more course, with seven brothers who she frequently beats up? I’m going to be in love with that kind of woman from the very mention. The fact that the next book is all about her… well, I loved it even more. She refuses to conform to expectations, and, even when her brothers are pushing the issue a little, she still maintains her own sense of identity and self.
I wasn’t expecting 20 years to have passed between An English Bride in Scotland and To Marry a Scottish Laird. But it did work perfectly. Not only is this yet another brilliant, fun, easy to read romance (as shown by the fact that I read this in just one night), but I also got to revisit Annabel and Ross to see if they got their happily ever after. They did. It made me incredibly happy. To Marry a Scottish Laird had that same gorgeous sense of innocence and sweetness as the first one that made it completely impossible to put down. It also had a bit of a mystery going on that completely intrigued me.
I absolutely loved that this story features a writer who is having very vivid imaginations about her lead character. And that was about the extent of my love for this story. I kept rereading parts of this story in total confusion. Like, total and utter confusion. Wasn’t entirely sure how this was working and what was going on.
This was my first full-length Lynsay Sands novel. I’ve now read a few of her novellas which were absolutely brilliant. Plus, I’ve been a little obsessed with historical fiction in the last month or so, so it was kind of a perfect fit. Which is quite obvious, since I read the whole thing cover to cover in one night. It only has a different start and finish date because I read it overnight when I should have been sleeping… should probably stop doing that.
I don’t really get the ins and outs of the time travel in this story. Which is alright, because I loved it anyway. Most of the time I like to understand exactly what is happening when you need to have time travel. But in the case of The Gloaming Hour, I didn’t actually care. It was just such an easy, sweet and nice story.
I really loved the little adventure that this story took you on. It’s a cute, easy read that takes you from modern times to a more ancient way of life. The fact that it’s a teacher who travels back in time with her students just makes it a little more fun. Especially since the inclusion of young children stopped this from being a clear cut and opaque story line.
Oh my gosh. I loved this collection! It had everything in it that I kind of love in the world – romance, Scotsmen and passion. I normally read short story collections because they are easy to put down… that wasn’t the case with this one. It was almost impossible to walk away from it and I now want to find other Scottish-inspired romances that give this same intensity of beautiful feelings.