"I have sufficient confidence in many things, but there is an old proverb about a sow's ear which troubles me greatly at present."
Madeline Piper is in trouble. Or more precisely, her father is in trouble - the monetary kind. As the oldest, Madeline takes it upon herself marry the richest man of her acquaintance, even if he is a horrible Scotsman who moved into the neighborhood and started refurbishing the lovely castle ruins that he purchased. No one accepted him in society, including Madeline, but desperate times called for desperate measures. Sir Roger Mathieson is surprised when Miss Piper approaches him, especially since she refused his proposal only a month earlier. To teach her a lesson, he agrees to marry her, if she can bring him into society. Madeline is mortified, but agrees to take on the challenge. But how to make the village like the man when she couldn't stand him and they were betrothed?
My Opinion: Okay, I fell in love with a Scot, so I had a hard time swallowing the prejudice (hehe), but I think it was a great book. There was a lot of self-discovery involved as Madeline figured out just what opinions she held that she wasn't even aware of. Very well written - you don't find that a lot in regency romances. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it got me all emotional. I also liked how both main characters were shown to be fallible and prone to mess up once in a while. The story itself, though still a classic regency romance, adds more to it and makes it really a step above many others I've read.