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The steps of a charmingly complex dance—Scotland’s famous reel—are at the heart of Hester Browne’s enchanting contemporary novel of two very different sisters whose dreams may come true at a romantic Scottish ball.

Evie Nicholson is in love . . . with the past. An antiques appraiser in a London shop, Evie spins fanciful attachments to Victorian picture frames, French champagne glasses, satin evening gloves, and tattered teddy bears—regardless of their monetary value.

Alice Nicholson is in love . . . with Fraser Graham, a dashing Scotsman whom Evie secretly desires. As crisply neat and stylish as Evie is cheerfully cluttered, Alice is a professional organizer determined to pull her sister out of her comfort zone—and who presents her with an irresistible offer.

As a favor to friends of Fraser’s family, Evie jumps at the chance to appraise a Scottish castle full of artifacts and heirlooms. What could be more thrilling than roaming the halls of Kettlesheer and uncovering the McAndrews’ family treasures—and dusty secrets?

But crossing paths with moody heir Robert McAndrew has Evie assessing what she wants the most . . . and at an upcoming candlelight gala, a traditional dance will set her heart reeling.

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"Browne (The Finishing Touches) put her passion for traditional Scottish dance to the test in a charming tale of a woman caught between the romance of bygone eras and the demands of the present. Obsessed with — 'addicted to' — all things past, socially inept antiques appraiser Evie Nicholson is delighted when her more sophisticated sister Alice arranges for her to visit the Scottish castle Kettlesheer in search of salable artifacts to finance its increasingly expensive upkeep. Escorted to Scotland by Alice's gentlemanly boyfriend, Fraser Graham, Evie is soon dealing with the eccentric Duncan McAndrew and his attractive son Robert, the uncomfortable heir to Kettlesheer ('It's ruined at least three ancestors,' he says). Catriona Learmont, the mother of Robert's would-be fiancée, prepares the traditional Valentine's Day ball, which will feature traditional whirling Scottish reels. Intrigued by the castle's history, attracted to both Fraser and Robert, and swept into the merriment of Scottish dancing, Evie's interest in Kettlesheer and the McAndrew family grows increasingly personal. Browne's clever modern-day Cinderella story balances a sharp eye for the ridiculous with a genuine affection for the foibles of tradition to tell the delightful story of a woman finding passion — and freedom — on the dance floor. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Hester Browne's witty new stand-alone novel of sisterly love and romantic hijinks at a Reeling Ball in the Scottish countryside.

About the Author

Hester Browne is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Little Lady Agency in the Big Apple, The Finishing Touches, and Swept Off Her Feet. She lives in London and Herefordshire with her two Basset hounds Violet and Bonham.

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Teri Crosby, May 3, 2011 (view all comments by Teri Crosby)
Swept Off Her Feet takes us into the world of unKilted men and antiques.

Hester Browne weaves of an amazing story about a woman who wants to keep her job and is sent off to a castle to hit the antique pay dirt but finds herself tossed in a reel of desire.

What Evie needs is to stop feeling the life through the antiques she buys, and find something more than the clutter of her home, but into the arms of someone special. Left to her own devices Evie just may get lost in the merchandise she buys for her employer in the antique trade, but she soon is set into a wild adventure inside of a historic castle in Scotland.
What Evie doesn't realize is love is closer than she thinks, and that learning Scottish Reels to replace her sister in a dance, can bring her closer to what she has been wanting for so long.

Browne uses fantastic description to make us fall in love with her characters. You can almost feel the old wood through the pages, along with the pounding of feet in the dances.
The main, and supporting characters were fabulous. Their stories and interactions were breathtaking as well as inspiring. While I may not get to run off to Scotland, I can feel a bit of the experience through this book.

If you would like an adventure, and a lesson in Scottish Reeling dance along the way, get ready to be swept away by Swept Off Her Feet. It was one of the most pleasurable reads I have had this year.
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Denise Morland, March 24, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Evie Nicholson is a down-on-her-luck shopgirl working in an antiques store. The problem is that she has such a connection to old stuff, she just can't pass up all the ragged teddy bears and old wedding pictures. Her boss is fed up with her stocking the store with useless junk. So when her sister's handsome Scottish boyfriend lands her the job of a life time, appraising the furniture in an honest to God Scottish castle, she jumps at the chance. Throw in a devastatingly handsome heir, a traditional Scottish ball, and a castle in distress and Evie will have to reinvent herself to save the day!

Hester Browne delivers another charming and delightful modern day fairy tale. Her characters are just quirky enough to be fun, the plot flows along well, and the details fill everything out and keep you interested. Her descriptions of Evie learning to do the Scottish reel were especially funny and heartwarming. If you are looking for a feel-good story to let you escape for a few hours, this is it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439168844
Author:
Browne, Hester
Publisher:
Gallery
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Chick lit
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Browne (The Finishing Touches) put her passion for traditional Scottish dance to the test in a charming tale of a woman caught between the romance of bygone eras and the demands of the present. Obsessed with — 'addicted to' — all things past, socially inept antiques appraiser Evie Nicholson is delighted when her more sophisticated sister Alice arranges for her to visit the Scottish castle Kettlesheer in search of salable artifacts to finance its increasingly expensive upkeep. Escorted to Scotland by Alice's gentlemanly boyfriend, Fraser Graham, Evie is soon dealing with the eccentric Duncan McAndrew and his attractive son Robert, the uncomfortable heir to Kettlesheer ('It's ruined at least three ancestors,' he says). Catriona Learmont, the mother of Robert's would-be fiancée, prepares the traditional Valentine's Day ball, which will feature traditional whirling Scottish reels. Intrigued by the castle's history, attracted to both Fraser and Robert, and swept into the merriment of Scottish dancing, Evie's interest in Kettlesheer and the McAndrew family grows increasingly personal. Browne's clever modern-day Cinderella story balances a sharp eye for the ridiculous with a genuine affection for the foibles of tradition to tell the delightful story of a woman finding passion — and freedom — on the dance floor. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Hester Browne's witty new stand-alone novel of sisterly love and romantic hijinks at a Reeling Ball in the Scottish countryside.
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