a fantastic read
(Sunday, September 14, 2014)
Reviewer: Pure Jonel
Hiestand places her story firmly in the past, taking her readers back in time along with her. It’s a remarkably believable journey fraught with peril and adventure. The fast pace of this exciting story keeps you captivated throughout. I found myself racing around England and Scotland alongside the characters, fully participating in the action.
Considering the short length of the story, the characters were extremely well developed. The main characters stand out, both as individuals and for their straying from the norms of the time. The supporting cast isn’t quite as well developed, having played major roles earlier in the series. At the same time, they are developed well enough that one could easily read this story as a standalone and not be lost.
Overall, this was a unique and captivating novella that I raced through in a single sitting. I couldn’t ask for much more from the author, except for maybe more time with these characters. I’d definitely recommend this novel to others and will be looking into more of this author’s work in the future.
THE KIDNAPPED BRIDE (REDCAKES, #4 ) by HEATHER HIESTAND
(Friday, September 12, 2014)
Reviewer: Patty McKenna Van Hulle
A gutsy hellion is being stalked by a sexy Inquiry Agent, white slave traders, shots fired & a dredging MISadventure across Scotland!
Lady Elizabeth Shield had only 1 friend growing up, her mom, then her mom died, she was an after thought, an obligation & unwanted by her bossy & stuffy older brother, the Marques. After a lonely Season with only 2 "not gonna happen" suitors, she ran from London to Edinburgh into the arms of Manfred Cross, who also didn't want her, but he did allow her to live with him as a maid. Soon Manfred disappears, Beth (her chosen name) adopts her only friend's baby, after the prostitute dies & she is running out of money fast.
Dougal Alexander is a 2nd son, but he is a successful Private Inquiry Agent. What does he inquiry, you may ask, PEOPLE! He has a superhuman ability of memorizing a whole person features with just a quick look, which comes in handing. For the past year he has been unsuccessful hunting for Lady Elizabeth, but he did slap the handcuffs on the "alleged" jewel thief, Manfred Cross. Dougal (yummy name) went to London & meets with his client, the Marques Hatbook, & when he sees the Marques & his brother together, he realized that he knew exactly where Lady Elizabeth was, in Edinburgh at Manfred's flat. So off people hunting Dougal goes.
Beth is starving & so is her baby, Harriet, so she has kindly Mrs. Sharp to babysit, so off to the market she goes. Poor Beth is stalked, kidnapped by white slave traders, knocked upside her head & dump into a smelly warehouse with no help of being rescued, so she will just have to do it all by herself, after a short nap. When Dougal arrives at Beth's building, potatoes & crushed green matter are lying all over the stairs, her flat has been trashed & she is no where in sight. Thus begins their MISadventurous trek of dodging slave traders, weaving in & out of the line of pistol shots, a hellion determined to get back to her baby, a stolen cart & horse, a hard & knee melting kiss delivered with great style via Dougal, not just 1 dredging rainfall (HELLO my peeps, it's Scotland), but 2, a brotherly Baron, an amazing night of seduction arranged by the fearless Beth & why or why do brothers arrive at the absolutely wrong time. Will Beth go back to being unseen? Can Dougal show Beth that she is SEEN & loved by him? How will her family feel about Harriett, Beth's child of her heart? When will Redcakes yummy sweets be a part of this charming story? How will 2 stupid brothers (men always do) screw this up?
This romance read is book #4 in the charming & always makes me hungry Redcakes series. Each book is so different, can stand alone & Ms. Hiestand's characters always pull you into her stories, kicking & screaming if needed. This was my favorite book in the series because is was quick paced adventures, had an over looked heroine who would not confirm to Society & a extremely sexy self made man as a hero. Beth was raised by her Society conscious mother, her 1 only friend, but after her mom died, she was lost & all their plans for her future with her. Dougal (I gets shivers down my spine for this name) is a 2nd son, who really didn't need to support himself, but he wanted to walk his way & have a purpose in life. Beth & Dougal both had a SCREAMING voice in their lives called PURPOSE, TO MATTER! Not a common goal to have in 1800s Society in England! Ms. Hiestand did a page turning seduction by "I don't know what I am doing" Beth, but it so worked for this romance & poor Dougal was HOOKED! There was adrenaline filled pages, dastardly villains, a gutsy heroine who did anything for her adopted child, the pantie dropping smile of Dougal, that my peeps will feel down to your toes & Ms. Hiestand's HILARIOUSNESS aplenty. Only 1 thing was missing from this Scottish tale, no KILT wearing Scot any where, so I hope Ms. Hiestand learns that all stories in Scotland need a KILT! I give this action packed romance of Ms. Hiestand a score of 4 fingers up & 8 toes & I loved & hated the next Redcakes book teaser at the end!
NetGalley ARC given for honest review.