cover image A Scot to the Heart

A Scot to the Heart

Caroline Linden. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-291364-7

A Scotsman discovers he’s the heir to an English dukedom in Linden’s enchanting second Desperately Seeking Duke historical romance (after About a Rogue). Captain Drew St. James is serving in the military when he receives a letter from the Duke of Carlyle’s solicitor summoning him to Carlyle Castle. There, the Duchess of Carlyle informs him that he is the heir apparent to the childless duke—but his wicked cousin stands to inherit the title if Drew fails to marry a respectable lady. When Drew travels to his mother’s home in Edinburgh to inform his family of his change in circumstances, he becomes smitten with the beautiful Ilsa Ramsay, an idiosyncratic widow who keeps her pet pony in her home. The pair’s mutual attraction further ignites at a weeklong house party at Stormont Palace. Ilsa knows Drew needs a proper English bride to be his future duchess and counts herself out of the running. But Drew knows Ilsa is the woman for him and is not easily dissuaded—and when Ilsa’s father comes under suspicion of theft, he swoops in to her aid. This swift-moving story has a strong heroine in Ilsa, who is resolute in her quest for happiness. Historical romance fans will adore this sparkling love story. [em]Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (July) [/em]