The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes
Publication: Date:Dec 4, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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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. (SOURCE)
I've always been a really big fan of Julie Garwood. She has written some amazing highlander books. Since she's been writing more contemporary stuff in the last few years I've looked for books to fill the void because I'm a big fan of this type of book. I found The Bridegroom Wore Plaid on NetGalley and requested a copy right away. I was thrilled to be approved and to start reading it.
Augusta, the cousin of Ian MacGregor's intended bride is unlike any woman he's ever met. From her violet colored eyes to her plain spoken attitude, Augusta surprises Ian at every turn. They bond and build a friendship; Augusta intending on helping Ian with his suit to win over his future bride, who he needs to marry in order to help save his family and clan.
The only thing is, Ian's future bride has no interest in marrying him and hasn't allowed him to get to know her, not the way Augusta has. There's no way Ian would be happy marrying someone he can't connect with, but he can't marry Augusta either. She's a 'spinster' and dependent on her uncle and his family after losing both her parents at an early age. Her uncle turns out to be horrible. There are little signs here and there, making it clear that he's up to something, that he's hiding things.
As bits and pieces of information start to fall into place Ian becomes suspicious that maybe there's more to Augusta's history so he starts to dig around. I really liked the blend of romance, with the mystery and intrigue aspect of Bridegroom. It's rare to have the hero and heroine in a period book to become such good friends before falling in love so that was a nice change as well.
When Ian makes a huge decision that will change his life he must figure out how to tell everyone. But Augusta takes things into her own hands and helps him out a little. I loved that she isn't a cowering 'lady'. She speaks her mind, is a bit sassy, and smart. Definitely a strong female character. It's understandable that Ian would be drawn to her strong personality. He knows he loves Augusta and she knows she loves him, but they had to get to the point of telling one another how they felt.
I really enjoyed the way things were wrapped up in the story. Questions answered, happiness achieved. There's lots of fun and entertaining characters in this book and I'm happy it's going to be a series since I like to know what happens to couples in the future. My only real issue was that in the beginning of the book there was a lot of characters to remember and keep up with. Once I got the hang of it and knew who was who, that disappeared.
Overall, a good read that hit the spot!