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What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons #1)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Avon
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James McKenzie

What Happens in Scotland is Jennifer McQuiston’s debut novel and an absolutely delightful story! If this is any indication of what’s to come from this very talented author, historical romance lovers are in for quite a treat!
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When recent widow Geo


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 Mac
Lisa Kay
Fede Ring Circa 1650

Fabulous fun! I really enjoyed this one, which was sort of a spin on the popular movie Hangover – making it a Victorian Hangover. So many things should NOT have worked in this debut novel, but did. This was mainly due to the sheer fun of the read. The premise had all of us in Happily Ever After Café who were doing a “buddy read” cracking the book earlier than planned.

I would say this is a twist on a lighthearted comedy of errors, but not too over the top. I rolled my eyes o
Lady Georgette Thorold is a widow and has been in mourning for the last two years. But her marriage wasn't ideal and she has decided she is NOT ever going to marry again. She will be an independent woman. Her cousin, Randolph Burton, has invited her to holiday in Scotland and she accepts. But when she wakes up one morning married and lying naked next to a handsome stranger with no knowledge of the night before she wonders if she shouldn't have stayed in London.

I see this is a debut novel from Ms
4.5 Stars

I loved everything about this little gem. What Happens in Scotland is Jennifer McQuiston's debut novel and if this is any indication of future publications, she'll be an auto-buy author for me!

If you're a lover of Historical Romance on the light and fun side then this has everything needed for an afternoon of perfect escapism. It was such a fun read with passion and adventure. Ms. McQuiston's voice drew me immediately in and throughout the tale I was surrounded by witty banter, a hero a
Our heroes Lady Georgette Thorold and Lord James MacKenzie, have found themselves in somewhat of a sticky situation. What happened the night before between them is somewhat a little fuzzy. This book made me laugh at the very funny situations they encountered trying to track each other down. I really enjoyed the vivacious characters that make up the little town of Moraig and found that they played a big part in bringing this story to life.

I loved everything about this and could not find many flaw
Kathy Altman
If the title alone isn't enough to tempt you, I bet the first two lines will do the trick:

Though she would never admit it to polite Society, Lady Georgette Thorold hated brandy almost as much as she hated husbands. So it was the cruelest of jokes when she awoke with nary a clue to her surroundings, smelling like one and pressed up against the other.

So begins What Happens in Scotland, a tale both hilarious and harrowing as it follows Georgette and James and their desperate attempts to unravel the
A special thank you to Dhes for sending me this book!


A delightful historical romance from debut author Jennifer McQuinston that will charm the hearts of readers .
Georgette comes to Scotland to visit her cousin & get on with her life after the death of her no good , lying , cheating husband . She's through with mourning & ready to get on with living. Oh , she's living , alright enough . One minute she's fighting off the advances of her cousin & the next she's living-out-loud . Suddenly she's drinking booze , giving lap-dances to drunk
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Susan (susayq ~)
What a delightful romp through Moraig, Scotland! And we did romp through the town as we followed Georgette and James as they tried to recollect what happened to them that led them to waking up naked and married to each other.

It was sort of reminiscent of the movie The Hangover in that they wake up with no idea of what happened to them the night before. As they run into people who saw them the night before they get clues. It was cute and light and I'll read more by this author :)
Solid good first book. The entire book takes place in a 24 hour time frame, so suspension of belief for the ILYs will have to be in force. I liked both characters, but would have liked to have know why the heroine was like she was about being naked. Loved the hero and the book was fun. I am not sure how the hero for the next one can be redeemed, because I didn't like him in this book, so we will see.
Romily Bernard
Love, love, love WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND!! It's so much FUN!!! Jennifer McQuiston is a freaking master at blending comedy and angst. It's really a beautiful novel. Do yourself a BIG favor and pick it up. I pretty much guarantee she'll be your favorite new author :)
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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. – Marcus Aurelius

WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND opens with Lady Georgette Thorold waking up, naked in the same room with a man she does not know. She escapes his amorous attentions only to realize she may be married to him. Georgette finds a few allies … and enemies … as she seeks to identify her mystery husband and secure an annulment. This plot suggests a “What Happens in
This was a fun read. From the beginning pages I was hooked, dying to find out what happened that night. The set-up caught my attention, and I found it intriguing that the whole book took place in the span of a day. Even with the short time frame, I found the characters very well developed, I felt like I knew James and Georgette. I think the author did a great job there. I really found myself liking the secondary characters too, Elsie, Patrick, and especially William. David... well, I didn't find ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
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Here on Goodreads, I’m in a Highlander Group (of course, because, hello, Highland Hussy for a reason!). The group recommended What Happens in Scotland to me, and since it was on sale for a buck, I couldn’t resist. It was touted as The Hangover, you know, they wake up and can’t remember what happened the night before and have to backtrack to figure it out. It’s supposed to be funny and light. We have a super proper and serious widow, and a Scottish barr
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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I have been fortunate to read some wonderful books from debut authors and I am adding Jennifer McQuiston to that list. This may be her debut book but she created characters and a story line like a pro. Jennifer had the talent to bring these characters to life. From the butcher to the main characters, each had dimension, which can be a challenge even for the seasoned authors. The story line was unique and captured my attention from the start
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Lady Georgette Thorold is fresh out of mourning her deceased husband when she wakes up shackled to someone completely different. She's in Scotland, visiting her cousin and when said cousin backs her into a corner, she kind of goes off and well, shit went down. Only thing is, Georgette has no clue what happened.

So this book is basically Hangover (the movie) in a historical setting. And in Scotland, not in Vegas. The book starts off with Lady Georgette waking up next to a very big, handsome man th
The Window Seat
I will admit, I picked this book solely on the title… it was the best decision I have made in a very long time! From the first sentence I was entranced in Ms. McQuiston’s world and I didn’t want to leave.

Lady Georgette Thorold woke up smelling of brandy, which she hated, and naked, which she couldn’t abide, next to a man who was also naked, who she didn’t even know… and there was a ring on her finger. What had she done? She remembered one glass of brandy the night before with her cousin Randolph
What a delightfully enjoyable debut! If you enjoy the lighter fare in your romance, with wit, charm, and sizzle Jennifer McQuiston has done a wonderful job with her debut! When Lady Georgette Thorold, who acts a proper lady at all times, wakes up to a mysterious man in an unknown inn she knows something terribly wrong has happened! Smacking the large, very attractive, man on the head with the chamber pot, she escapes and learns the awful truth...that man is her husband. As more and more pieces a ...more
It has come to my attention, that we may have engaged in some unfortunate conduct last night

And our tale begins with Lady Georgette Thorold, newly out of mourning,
raring to have modicum of freedom atlast. Except, she finds herself back in the trap, wedded and bedded to a mysterious redheaded stranger, nursing a bad hangover with no collection of the events that led her to this fate.

I confess I took notice of this book mainly due to the quirky title. What Happens in Scotland is a ridiculously
After just two books, this author is already on my very, very short "auto-buy" list. Her witty, breezy, high energy style definitely isn't for everyone---particularly for those who want that their historicals to be authentically, well, historical. ;) This author reminds me fondly of Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series in humor and tone, and her books are sort of the literary equivalent of, say, Legally Blond: sweet, funny, spirited and, just when you're ready to dismiss it as meaningless fluff, a f ...more
A solid 4.5 stars for Jennifer's Debut.
*Disclaimer* I met Jennifer at RT 2013 and found her humor to hard to resist and made it a point to pick up her debut from the huge pile I received from RT. The book, like the author, is witty and refreshing. Apparently hangovers aren't just a modern day theme. I love her twist on historical romance and look forward to more from this author.

If you're looking for something new and refreshing...check this book out!
Tracy Brogan
This is a must-read for anyone looking for a fun, flirty, and fabulous historical romp. You'll be hooked by the end of the first page. McQuiston's debut novel is full of engaging characters, an adorable premise, lots of laughs, and enough heart-felt depth to keep you cheering for the hero and heroine to work things out. This award winning novel will be released in February but I was lucky enough to read an advance copy. I loved it!!!
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I was very excited when I discovered this book. The premise sounded fun, and I love stories where the couple are thrown into marriage rather unexpectedly. McQuiston wrote a winner of a book. It's light and funny, quirky, and romantic. She brings the reader on quite the ride as Georgette and James try and piece together the events of the night they both can't remember, events that led up to their marriage. The story was definitely a page tur
I am a First Reads lucky winner! Waiting for the book to arrive so I can read and review it.

4/4/2013 I agree with Jennifer, this book may not be perfect but it was a lot of fun to read and is great for a debut novel.

The book starts out with a bang when a normally prim & proper widow wakes up in bed with a handsome black sheep second son, beans him with the chamber pot, and makes her escape. Georgette is on the run but the pace lapses to a walk for a couple of chapters while Georgette tries
Lady Thorold has just started to live again after a horrid marriage and never wishes to be strapped down by a man’s dictates. The widow, Lady Georgette Thorold decide to restart her life by going to visit her male cousin in Scotland. She awakes confused and in a bed with a naked bearded Scotsman and there is a wedding ring on her finger. Unsure how she got herself in such a state, she does what any reasonable Lady would do and hits the naked hunk in the head with a chamber pot knocking him out c ...more
What Happens in Scotland, Jennifer McQuiston’s debut historical romance was a delightfully funny tale. I began this late at night with the intention of reading just a few chapters and found myself reading the last page at 2:20 in the morning. From an unexpected wedding to a devious plotter this tale kept me turning the pages to find my happily-ever-after.

The widowed Lady Georgette Thorold has just come out of mourning and is delighted when her cousin invited her to Scotland. She looks at it as a
Kym Roberts
I read some of the bad reviews, and honestly, I don't understand them. The title tells readers its like a night in Vegas. It's going to be wild with forgotten moments and the love story is going to be a fast whirl-wind affair. I was surprised the H/H didn't get together sooner, because I didn't read the reviews first, and 44% is late for a historical romance. But Ms. McQuiston's story was twisting and weaving the character's memories back together from two very different prospectives. The H/H we ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
I had the privilege of reading this book early, and I love, love, love it. Not only does McQuiston have excellent pacing and prose which combine for a smooth, easy read, but she also has these incredibly quirky characters. You will fall in love with all of them. If you are looking for a fresh, fun historical romance with a lot of heart, look no further than What Happens in Scotland. And that's all I'm going to say because I don't want to spoil the book for you. Okay I lied. I'm going to say one ...more
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A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. Her debut historical romance, WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND, made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her second book, SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, is available now, and book #3 in the series, MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND, is out March 25, 2014. Visit her websit ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Second Sons (4 books)
  • Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons, #2)
  • Her Highland Fling (Second Sons, #2.5)
  • Moonlight On My Mind (Second Sons, #3)
Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons, #2) Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Seduction Diaries, #1) Moonlight On My Mind (Second Sons, #3) Her Highland Fling (Second Sons, #2.5) The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior (Seduction Diaries, #2)

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“Though she would never admit it to polite Society, Lady Georgette Thorold hated brandy almost as much as she hated husbands. So it was the cruelest of jokes when she awoke with nary a clue to her surroundings, smelling like one and pressed up against the other.” 3 likes
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