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A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Jane Austen 


The entirely of Miss Elspeth Otis’s inheritance from her wastrel father is a battered old trunk with some scrawled-upon foolscap sheets. Nothing that could free her from a stifling life with her fusty maiden aunties in a musty old cottage in a misty corner of Scotland. Nothing that will give her the life she’s always dreamed of–a life full of kindness and kisses and love. Or will it?


Mr. Hamish Cathcart wants more than anything to avoid the hasty marriage to a brewer’s daughter his father, the earl, has arranged to revive his fortunes. Hamish’s only hope is his failing publishing company, whose only asset is a scandalously banned book by an infamous, but unfortunately deceased, author. But when a new novel written by the same man lands on Hamish’s doorstep, he’ll go to any length to secure it–any length but love.
This novella was previously released in the anthology Scandal’s Daughters.

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

How could you not love a story where a scandalous book brings people together. I was sucked in from the start when the trunk was delivered. I loved how her aunt seemed to always have a plan for everyone involved. They were meant for each other and I loved how it played out between them.

Elspeth has been sheltered by her aunts from many things. She was not a shy girl though and just needed room to break free. I loved that she accepted who her father was and was open to being herself.

Hamish was determined to not end up in an arranged marriage. I loved that he didn’t blink at working and didn’t run from his feelings. He was a quick thinker when it came to everything.


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