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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blog Tour: How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe (Review)

An intrepid lady takes on an impossible task to win an irresistible lord.
With seven troublesome half-sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he’s broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball.

How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she’s the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. But when Duncan gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet — one month — Teresa sets terms too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .

What's a young woman to do when she's practically engaged to one very boring man, but she secretly wants another man she's seen only once and years ago?

Why, hatch a plan to marry off his seven poverty stricken half-sisters in exchange for kisses, intimate touches and hopefully, marriage!

Teresa is one sneaky character! It could have been so easy to dismiss her because at times she sounded so desperate, but then again, I understood how trapped she felt and that she had to do something, anything to avoid spending the rest of her life married to a man that bored her to tears. She always redeemed herself with her intelligence and courage, and I have to admire a woman who goes against tradition in any form. Teresa was also very accepting of the seven unmarried ladies, she was never cruel to them or made them feel inferior to her. She worked with each lady's personality to help them find a match.

Duncan is a bit of a mystery. He hides himself away from prying eyes and while most men would quite literally sell his sisters to the highest bidders in marriage, Duncan isn't about to force his half sisters to marry against their will. Though gossip says otherwise, he's a good, kind man who genuinely cares about his sisters. Seeing Teresa in a ballroom years ago left an impression on him

How to Marry a Highlander was slow to begin and develop but had such lovely interactions between Teresa and each of Duncan's seven half sisters. While Teresa was brash, daring and determined, she seemed to fade into the background whenever any of the sisters was around, but that is to be expected. The sisters are a rowdy, blunt and lively group, well, except for Elspeth. I enjoyed their positive energy even though they were in serious financial trouble.

My only difficulty with How to Marry a Highlander was the Scottish dialogue. It slowed me down. If a reader isn't used to that it could frustrate them enough to give up on the book completely. I'm a bit out of practice with that so at times my reading was slower than usual while I stumbled through Duncan and his sister's lines. So I recommend it to die hard historical romance fans, particularly those who are not hindered or intimidated by the written Scottish speech.


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About the Author
In 2012 Amazon chose Katharine’s How To Be a Proper Lady as one of the Ten Best Romances of the Year. Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance”. She is a two-time nominee and 2011 winner of the Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Historical Romantic Adventure, and her novella A Lady’s Wish launched HarperCollins Publishers’ Avon Impulse imprint in 2011. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, the San Francisco & Sacramento Book Review, Durham County Libraries, and the Library of Virginia.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She adores hearing from readers.

*Tour organized by Tasty Book Tours


  1. Oh I think I would love the Scottish dialogue :) Then again I have a fascination with Scotland LOL

  2. I really enjoy her books and her heroines. They're definitely a bit unique. Thanks for the heads up about the dialogue. I'm struggling with one like that now that's set in the medieval time period and whew it's a little hard sometimes.


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