Beauty Among Ruins by J'nell Ciesielski
In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.
American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.
Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.
Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?
'A Scottish lord and an American socialite discover love during WWI in this gorgeous historical romance from Ciesielski (The Socialite)...The undercurrent of mystery and Ciesielski's unflinching approach to the harsh realities of wartime only enhance the love story. Readers are sure to be impressed.' --Publishers Weekly
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Lily Durham an American Socialite was banished to England by her parents to learn how to become a proper lady. Unfortunately while there, the Great War has started, and finds Lily and Betty working as nurses to help wounded soldiers in Scotland. Wounded soldiers are convalescing in Alec MacGregor home, the Kinclavoch Castle whom he has spent his whole life preserving.
Ciesielski wrote a gorgeous story rich in amazing historical fiction details in the backdrop of World War I Scotland, a bit of mystery, and full of heart and strong characters that I became so invested in reading. I was so immersed in the story I had even learned a few Scottish words I started using around the house to my family’s dismay! Aye!
For a gorgeous historical fiction romance read set during the Great War and a castle in Scotland, pick this up!
About the Author
With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
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