RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe

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Title: Plaid Tidings
Author: Mia Marlowe
Publication Info: Zebra October 2013
ISBN: 978-1420129731
Genre: Historical: European

Book Plaid Tidings This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Kim in Baltimore. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Historical Romance category.

The summary:

Christmas in the Highlands…

Not any dashing English lord’s idea of a good time. But now that Lord Alexander Mallory has won a Scottish estate in a hand of cards, he is the unlikely laird of the wild, snowy Bonniebroch. Worse yet, the ancient pile of stones comes with a betrothal. To a fiery red-headed virgin. And a curse.

Alex will have his hands full honoring the first, seducing the second and breaking the third…all by Twelfth Night.

And here is Kim in Baltimore's review:

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. - John Muir, Scottish American founder of The Sierra Club

This is an apt quote to kick off my review of Mia Marlowe's Plaid Tidings, book one of Spirit of the Highlands.  I offer you five reasons why Plaid Tidings earns the RITA nomination:

1. Marlowe delivers the majesty of Scotland – her customs, her people, and her landscape can't help but serve up a romantic backdrop for two unexpected lovers across different borders.

2. Plaid Tidings allowed me to cuddle up for a holiday adventure. Yet Plaid Tidings is an endearing story that would be a great read anytime of the year … including a summer fling in the Highlands!

3. Marlowe incorporates the pageantry of the Regency Era…Scottish Style!

4. Alexander is honorable yet conflicted. Lucinda is determined but pragmatic. As they clash with each other, the reader is treated to the Alexander's wit, Lucinda's warmth, and their ignited passion.

5. Marlowe captures the mystique of Scotland with the spirits who interact with Alexander and Lucinda. Their good intentions add a paranormal element to Plaid Tidings. And it is the ethereal beings who inspire Alexander and Lucinda to climb the mountains and find their good tidings!

Run, don't walk, to join the fun in the Highlands!


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