Whether you’re a fan of romance novels or not, this gripping tale about high society and immigration and war-time nursing and a mysterious kidnapping will encompass some element that’s sure to entertain you. For a book that has over 400 pages, this is a surprisingly quick read because the characters are very well drawn, the dialogue engaging, so that even the Scottish brogue, when it appears, doesn’t take you out of the experience of the early 1900s. I highly recommend Beauty Among Ruins for a cozy reading session.
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?
And in case you need it, here are 3 more reasons to pick up this book
- The historical elements are subtly mentioned when they need to remain in the periphery but also at hand when a scene shift is necessary. For a story that’s set during the Great War, there are numerous references to its impact on the character’s lives while we can still focus on the other elements pf the plot
- The Scottish mythology is well incorporated in the story – interesting folk tales delivered at just the right time in the novel
- The titled beauty in this novel is even more beautiful inside which makes her a treat to read about and root for.
Note: I received a complimentary ARC of Beauty Among Ruins from the publishers. I was not otherwise compensated and the above reflects my honest opinion about the book.
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