This period romance depicts an intriguing mystery combined with the historical events related to the struggle that resulted from the introduction of sheep husbandry into the previously feudal society of Scotland. Unfortunately, there are several items that strain credulity, including Daria’s mission to deliver a substantial sum of money accompanied only by a companion who blithely abandons her before her destination is reached but it is understandable that this is designed to set up a few of the other implausible occurrences, including the extended delay before the laird’s men appear at the grandmother’s cottage. There are entertaining secondary characters including the semi-literate Geordie and the fickle Anlan and Aedus but the story is a bit erratic for my tastes and I had difficulty following the logic behind the behavior of many of the main characters. That being said, this still was an entertaining light read that conjures up the romance and history of a small section of Scotland.
“The Last Debutante” by Julia London is a historical romance set in Scotland and featuring Laird Jamie Campbell who inexplicably runs afoul of Daria Babcock’s grandmother, and meets young Daria under very unconventional circumstances. The sheltered debutante discovers that society in the wilds of Scotland is far different than she has been used to while haunting the fashionable ballrooms of London and when she is suddenly taken hostage by the gruffly attractive laird, her life changes radically. The illogical actions of her grandmother and the tension between Jamie’s people, the Campbells and their rivals the Brodies add to the chaos which threatens to destroy everything Daria has ever known.
Who is the captive and who is the captor? When a sexy laird holds a spirited English lady for ransom, she turns the tables and steals his heart.
The lush Scottish Highlands are a tempting setting for seduction in New York Times bestselling author Julia London’s sparkling new novel.
The last person Daria Babcock expects to find in her grandmother’s home is a brawny, naked Highlander. She doesn’t buy Mamie’s explanation about finding the poor man shot in the woods. Nor does she trust the gorgeous laird, who insists his own memory fails him. But Daria came to Scotland looking for adventure and romance, and after the intriguing stranger kidnaps her, she gets her wish—and so much more. . . .