Thursday, March 10, 2011 Posted by Dina N
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.
I had a blast reading Swept off Her Feet. A fun and charming novel with likable characters, this book made me laugh and stay up late - way past my bedtime. The two sisters who take center stage in the book could not be more different. One is a romantic who lives in the past, filling her life with other people's old trinkets and imagining the history of their owners. Another is a professional organizer who likes her life as neat as her clients' homes - after she's done with them. The one thing they have in common is a rather embarrassing clumsiness and two left feet for dancing. It's quite ironic - and fitting for Ms. Browne's sense of humor - that the Scottish reel, a complicated dance the sisters find terrifying, will turn out to have all the steps they need.
Hester Browne is also the bestselling author of The Little Lady Agency, Little Lady, Big Apple, The Little Lady Agency and the Prince, and The Finishing Touches - all of them now on my to-read list.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.