Title: The Highlander's Accidental Marriage
Author: Callie Hutton
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Setting: Scotland, 1817
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
She never intended to take a husband...
The Duke of Manchester's sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, always abides by the rules of etiquette. Fate, however, has no such confines. On a journey to the Scottish Highlands, Lady Sarah is set upon by misfortune-leaving her without carriage or chaperone, and left to the mercy of a kind and handsome gentleman. Whom (in order to secure a room at an inn) she announces is her husband.
When she proclaims they're married in public, Professor Braeden McKinnon can't bring himself to correct the lovely Lady Sarah. After all, her reputation would be ruined. Nor can he tell her that her proclamation is not only legally binding in Scotland, but sharing a room is considered to be an act of consummation.
Now they are bound together until death do they part-even if Sarah has no intention of becoming any man's wife.
This is the sixth book in the Marriage Mart Mayhem series, but the first one I've read. I can't believe I've never encountered Callie Hutton's stories before, being the romance buff that I am. This book is beyond charming with a dash or two of steam thrown in for good measure.
Lady Sarah has plans for her future. None of which include a husband or children. She has been writing in a journal for years, except they weren't her experiences she was conjuring, but those of fictional romances. On the break of stardom, to be considered an astounding colleague with the likes of Jane Austen, she is not willing to give it up for anything or anyone.
Professor Braeden McKinnon of the University of Edinburgh changes her plans. The dashing Professor has it all, good looks, family connections, and a brain he uses on a regular basis. When Lady Sarah announces them as husband and wife to get a room at an inn, he doesn't let on that her declaration is legally binding in Scotland.
Being an author myself, I felt myself siding with Sarah's decisions to continue on with her plans of returning to London once her book was published. Braeden states throughout the novel he will be going to Rome for a dig if he is chosen. I really didn't see any problem with that eventual outcome. As the story progressed after their marriage, I could tell heartache would be fast and swift for the both of them and had me shedding a few tears.
As this was my first experience with Hutton's writing, I fell in love with her flowing writing style. I loved the way both of the characters came to realize how the work they had devoted themselves for so many years wasn't all there was in life. The change for both Sarah and Braeden is slow, but well worth it. I cannot wait to go back and read the first five novels as soon as I get a chance.
Thanks so much to Callie Hutton and Entangled Publishing for gifting me with a copy of The Highlander's Accidental Marriage in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
The USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with "historic elements and sensory details" (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two.
Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also was blessed in August of 2014 with two beautiful twin grandsons.