Jennifer McQuiston’s debut historical romance, What Happens in Scotland, is a lively, romantic adventure about a wedding that neither the bride or the groom remembers.

Lady Georgette Thorold has always been wary of marriage, so when she wakes up  next to an attractive Scotsman with a wedding ring on her finger, it’s easy to understand why she panics and flees. Convinced that Georgette is a thief, her may-be husband, James McKenzie, searches for her. As both try to recall what happened that fateful night, they begin to realize that their attraction and desire for each other is undeniable. But is it enough?

Fans of Sarah MacLean and Mary Balogh will enjoy this utterly charming historical romance from award-winning author Jennifer McQuiston that features unforgettable characters and a satisfying mix of adventure and passion.

RHL Classifications:

Historical Romance

Regency Era

Heat Level 2

Review Rating: 4 Stars



The sheets shifted as he turned over, revealing a head of brown hair. He sported a full beard…He looked to be in his early thirties. His hair showed a tendency to curl at the edges, and the brightening light of dawn caught the glint of red in his dark beard.

Lady Georgette Thorold has been a widow for two years. Her marriage was an unhappy one. So when she wakes up in bed with a stranger, apparently married, again, and unable to recall any events from the night before, she runs.

James MacKenzie is the son of the Earl of Kilmartie. As a second son he has taken on a career as a solicitor, having returned in the last year to his hometown of Moraig, but hoping to establish a practice in London.

If you cross the movies What Happens in Vegas and The Hangover the result is What Happens in Scotland and it’s a pretty good story. With a mixture of comedy, romance and mystery this makes for an entertaining if somewhat implausible romp. The whole story takes place over twenty-four hours and there are declarations of love and a happily-ever-after in this short space of time.

Georgette has come to Scotland on the invitation of her cousin to stay with him for a holiday. Both James and Georgette have to piece together the events of the previous night and also work out whether they’re really legally married or not. It’s well-written fun.

With a cast of potential heroes for more stories – James’s older brother, William and friends from university, Patrick Channing and David Cameron – this is I think, the beginning of a series.

If you like romantic comedies in a historical setting in a similar vein to Tessa Dare, then you’ll love this. It’s not terribly deep or plausible or with a lot of historical accuracy. But it is fun and entertaining. A very enjoyable debut!


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