I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Highlander's Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton
Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem,
on November 30, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
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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.
She never intended to take a husband…
The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage is the 6th book in author Callie Hutton’s Marriage Mart Mayhem series. Though part of a series, the book can be read and enjoyed as a standalone story. In the previous novel, Lady Sybil Lacey finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the Scottish Laird of Bedlay Castle, and gets swept up in a worldwide romance. This time around it’s her identical twin sister’s turn at romance.
Taking place in 1817 Scotland, Lady Sarah Lacey is on her way to visit her sister Sybil who is expecting her first child when misfortune strikes, leaving her stranded in the Scottish Highlands. Luckily, Professor Braeden McKinnon happens upon her, and comes to her aid. The two travel across the Highlands to Bedlay Castle, and along the way wind up accidentally married. I guess Sarah forgot the age-old Scottish tradition of publicly announcing a marriage is as good as standing before a priest. Never wanting to marry, Sarah winds up in quite the predicament.
I really enjoyed reading this novel. 1817 Scotland and England are rife with societal laws that confine women to certain roles. Sarah is supposed to marry. She is supposed to obey her husband, and until she’s married, her brother who is her guardian. What she isn’t supposed to do is become a writer who lives independently. Nor is she supposed to travel alone with a man who isn’t family. Sarah does all of this things, and when she winds up in a forced marriage, she struggles against the unfairness of her gender and position. I loved that Hutton develops Braeden and Sarah’s relationship in a realistic way. Though they are immediately attracted to one another, they are ever mindful of society’s expectations. If Sarah were to give into her attraction to Braeden she would be ruined. This fear is what prompts her to exclaim the marriage to Braeden, and face the horror of the consequences.
Another thing I loved about this story, was how it fits with the others in the series, but is also written as a standalone. This was great for me, because when I requested this novel I wasn’t aware that it was the 6th book in a series. Being able to read and enjoy it without having to read the previous five books was great. However, I enjoyed this series so much that I do plan to read the others as well. Hutton’s descriptive writing allowed me to disappear into the story of these two intelligent people as they tried to fit love into their lives, and made the book hard to put down. I would recommend this novel to fans of historical romance, books with strong female protagonists, and haters of insta-love romances.