Book Review-The Bridegroom Wore Plaid

Book Review-The Bridegroom Wore PlaidThe Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes
Also in this series: The MacGregor's Lady
Series: MacGregors #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1st 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 1402268661
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HIS FAMILY OR HIS HEART--ONE OF THEM WILL BE BETRAYED...Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

My Review
Augusta, is assigned as a chaperone to her cousin, who has come up to court Ian MacGregor. Ian, as leader of his family and people, is desperate to do anything he can to save them from their financial struggles. He knows that currently they are surviving, but they are in need of more money. He knows that he must court and marry “Eugenia”. Even though she is attractive enough, he knows if he marries her, he will be miserable. She is not what he had pictured in a wife, but there is one woman who he could see being perfect for him. But he knows he must think of his family and their future. Augusta, finds herself falling for the man that is meant for her cousin. She knows that Ian’s need is great, and that there isn’t a way for them to be together. However Ian, knows if there is a way to save his family and be with Augusta, then he must find it.

The Hero 
Ian, recently lost his brother, who became missing, and has now become the Earl. Now he has much responsibilities on his shoulders. He is aware that he must marry into wealth, and he knows what is expected from him. When he starts to court Eugenia, he finds himself ending up desiring Augusta, even though he knows they have no future together, he wants to enjoy the little time they have left for each other.

The Heroine 
Augusta,  lives in a small cottage, with meager savings. She does what she can to live a content life. She once had prospects, however when her parents died, her life changed. Her uncle now controls everything, and she has no choice but to be her cousin’s companion. When she meets Ian she see’s a man whom wants more than just a arranged type marriage, who is in need of love. If circumstances were different she could see herself being the woman for him, but there is something else afoot that she must get to the bottom of.

My Thoughts 
It has been a while since I have read this author, but I decided to start reading her again. Since I have heard many good things about this new book that recently came out, I decided to pick it up from the library. At first I had a little hard time getting into, but after a few chapters I started to get really involved with the story. I really liked seeing how the plot kept giving a twist and a turn, keeping the story alive. I found myself really enjoying Ian and Augusta. I also loved the romance that develops between the two. There was an endearing quality to it, that charmed me from the beginning. There was also a bit of a mystery and suspense element that livened things up in the story and definitely kept things interesting.I really loved how this author weaves such a beautiful and intimate story.  A charming tale of romance mixed with danger and intrigue, that will come alive for any reader! A touching story that will warm your heart!

My Favorite Quote 
 She kissed him, rose up on her toes and gently laid her mouth to his. She brought sweet, soft curves, warmth, and a sense of voracious longing to him, heartbroken longing, on a whiff of flowers.

About Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

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