Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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 fiancÃ©e, 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.
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.