by Catherine Coulter

January 2001
ISBN: 0-515-12993-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ms. Coulter is back again with another installment in her Brides series. This time it is the story of Tysen Sherbrooke. Hold on to your seats, because the staid, upright Reverend Tysen, will show his true Sherbooke colors in this book!

Soon after the defeat of Napoleon, thirty-one year old Tysen Sherborrke, the youngest of the three brothers, finds himself a vicar, a widower, and the father of three children. And on top of all that, his brother, the earl, has just informed him that he's just inherited and estate and the title of Baron Barthwick of Kildrummy Castle in Scotland. Ever the dutiful man, he decides to visit his new holdings, but when his ten-year-old daughter, Meggie, insists on accompanying him, he refuses pointing out that it may be dangerous. But Meggie, being Meggie, finds a way to go along anyway, after all, her father is too good hearted a soul to go alone without her protection.

Tysen travels to Kildrummy Castle, and along the way discover that Meggie has stolen away in his coach. What's a father to do? Well, he gives her a good dressing down and accepts the fact that Meggie is a true Sherbrooke, stubborn through and through. They arrive at the castle to find many complications as well as being faced with dreadful people who hate anything and anyone English - Tysen is in for a rude awakening and suspects that everything in his straight laced, orderly world is about to explode!

And it does, in the form of the "Local Bastard", Mary Rose Fordyce - a beautiful young woman who has faced many adversities along her way and soon teaches Tysen a new lesson in love. And of course, with a little help from Meggie, Mary Rose also teaches him a lesson in life. When circumstances demand that he offer Mary Rose his protection, things really start to heat up and move fast.

Tysen may be a vicar, but he's also a Sherbrooke, with the strength and tenacity to go up against any odds thrown in his path. Meggie soon figures that Mary Rose and her father were meant for each other, and decides on a plan to keep them together for all time.

This is a wonderful story of life's lessons and love found again. Tysen and Mary Rose set each other off beautifully, and they are evenly matched in both wit and charm. And Meggie, well she just adds a lot of fun to the story - no doubt she'll be a real handful when she grows up!

Happy Reading!

Reviewed in December 2001 by Debbie.

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