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An English Bride In Scotland

(Highland Brides #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,566 ratings  ·  558 reviews
The first in a new historical series set in the Highlands of Scotland, from Lynsay Sands, the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau vampire series and countless historical romances.

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun when her mother suddenly arrives at the Abbey to take her home… so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her ru
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Avon
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Alternate title: An English Bride (and her tits) in Scotland.

Seriously, with all the hullabaloo made over Annabel's boobs, they deserve a place in the title. In fact, I'm pretty sure her legendary bosom has more words devoted to their bounteousness than some supporting characters within the book.

Main plot: who's trying to hurt Annabel?


I had a lot of problem with this book. It is a very simple book, there is zero complexity here. It is entertaining. It is a bodic
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Sexy, funny, exciting... a fantastic start to this series!

An English Bride in Scotland is the first book in Lynsay Sands's new series, set in the Scottish Highlands. This story delivers all the things we Highlander historical romance fans want in our reading; humor, excitement, passion, love, and hot, hunky, men in kilts. And out of kilts. Especially out of kilts.

The Story -

Annabel's life was decided for her when, at seven years old, her mother left her at Elstow Abbey where it was expected s
I decided to dive into a historical romance as it has been quite awhile since I have read one. This one is written by Lyndsey Sands who is well known for her PNR series that feature the Argeneu family of vampires. Her historical romances include her signature humour that she writes in all her stories! Actually, that is a big factor in why I love reading her stories! She not only is able to make me laugh out loud, but also makes me swoon with her sweet heroes, and squirm with the passion between ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This was pretty sweet and very low angst. With one exception - which I will discuss later.

The hero Ross was actually pretty calm, patient and caring. Not the typical Highlander I have read about, but not bad either. His character was a little flat, but not bad. He never really went uber alpha or over the top, but he was certainly used to being in charge as the Laird. But he was faithful and totally head over heals for his wife!

The heroine Anabelle was super innocent, naïve (clueless) be
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
(Upgraded rating from 2 stars to 3 after re-read.)

I received an audiobook version of this for Christmas, and because it was narrated by the amazing Mary Jane Wells, I was convinced to give this one another go. I'm not sure to what extent Ms. Wells' impressive performance affected my newfound appreciation for the story, but I ended up really enjoying it. I was also able to appreciate Ross' character more, now that I've read Books 2 and 3 and have found the heroes there absolutely incorrigible.

Mary - Buried Under Romance
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Posted on: Buried Under Romance

Be prepared to fall in love with Lynsay Sands's new Scottish romance! It is a fantastic mix of tender romance, sizzling passion, and dangerous intrigue, all smashed up in one entertaining story. I'm happy to report that Sands has not lost her humorous touch with historicals, nor her trademark originality when it comes to characterization.

Annabel, about to take her vows as a nun, is issued home by her mother to marry her elder sister Kate's betrothed, laird Ross Ma
3.5 stars! Audio by Mary Jean Wells was good.. the voices for supporting characters was not too distinctive; but since the H was Scottish and h was English.. the effort to switch accents is appreciated. 👍
I read this one after reading the the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the series so I already knew who the villain was.. but still the humor, mystery and romance was quite good. My recommendation is to read every book in this series in order. 😊
Duchess Nicole
My first Lynsay Sands book, and I loved it! Just the right touch of humor, sexuality, struggle, and romance. The focus of the story wasn't the angst between the H/h. It was outside goings-on and the fallout from other people's choices that moved this story forward. I loved how kind the heroine was. And I while I love the strong willed heroine popular in today's novels, I still get a bit dreamy reading about a woman who's naive, soft hearted, and just needs a big tough Scot to come and save the d ...more
Sep 11, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 65%
Lover of Romance
I was given a copy of this book, through Avon and Edelweiss...and since its been a little while since I have read one of Lynsay Sands Historical's, I was intrigued, especially after reading the synopsis. I haven't had a whole lot of luck with her Historical's, I tend to like her Paranormal ones way more. I was shocked when I enjoyed this one so much. It surprised me when I least expected it. It is set in Scotland, so that portion of the story really appealed to this reader. There was quite a bit ...more
Kari Kaz
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a cute, sweet love story between Ross MacKay and Annabel Waverly. Ross was initially engaged to marry Annabel's sister Kate. When Kate runs off with a stable boy, Annabel is brought home by her parents from the convent where she was raised. She is immediately wed to Ross and both travel to his home in Scotland.

Annabel is basically clueless about running a household, but she is immediately taken by her new, handsome husband. She is very innocent but she’s also a fast learner. Ross is the
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I has such a big expectations for this book... :(

I love Lynsay Sands' historicals such as The Deed, The Key and the Chase and I hoped this one will be like them.

It is similar, but much much blander... unfortunately.

Annabel could have been such an interesting character, but unfortunately she came out like a brainless, big breasted an overweighted ex-nun. Which she is. I couldn't understand why being oveweighted was such a big issue for her... I tought that in that period, a big of flesh on the bo
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
3 Stars!!

Annabel has lived at the nunnery since the age of seven, The Abbess is very cruel at times, and poor Annabel keeps getting punished for small things, and she wonders if she will ever make a good nun. Then out of the blue her mother shows up and rushes her home to marry her older sister's betrothed, laird Ross MacKay, because her sister Kate has eloped with the stable master's son.

I have to say, Annabel is quite feisty, she's very funny and Ross' amusement of his wife is very sweet. A
Jun 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
The plot seemed to consist of the heroine thinking she was fat and ugly and constantly comparing herself to her sister. She made really dumb decisions and kept getting herself into trouble.

Hmmm...someone keeps attacking me so of course I should come up with ways to sneak out of the castle and escape the bodyguards my husband provided. Dumb.

The other sister, Kate, was annoying and I found myself skimming the pages where she was mentioned. She acted like a spoiled brat and there really weren't an
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like men in kilts and silly English girls
Recommended to Tandie by: Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Listened to the audio, the narrator was wonderful. I liked the Scottish accents. Felt a little meh about Annabelle's OTT evil family. The Laird, Ross, was actually very kind and generous - not an alpha jerk like I was expecting. He was a dang good bargain as a husband in a contracted marriage!

The attacks and the kidnapping plot didn't make the best story. The villains were just plain lame. Annabell was likable but a hardcore Mary Sue.
Book Title: An English Bride in Scotland
Author: Lynsay Sands
Narration: Mary Jean Wells
Series: Highlanders #1
Genre: Historical Romance, Scotland
Source: Audiobook (via Hoopla)


Find my full review with video included for book song at Leah's Bookish Obsession

♫Starving by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd --It's hard to find a song for a historical book…so I picked a modern one that has the right feel to how I picture Annabel to be, she i
J. Kahele
Okay read

I am a character driven reader and I felt the story was okay and could have been better had the characters had more depth. It was written well but this may be one of those books that was just not for me.
4 1/2 stars

Another delicious highlanders series by Lynsay Sands off to a good start!

An English Bride in Scotland begins with Annabel being summoned by her parents from the English abbey where she has lived for 14 years as her older sister has eloped with a the stable boy and left them in the lurch on a marriage contract. The arrangement was forged many years ago wherein their first born daughter would marry Ross McKay, the clan laird residing in the highlands. Annabel has been trained to take th
SB*needs low angst books*
Annabel Waverly is being visited by her mother for the first time in 14 years since her parents sent her to the abbey where she lives right now. Her mother surprises her by saying that she must step into her older sister's shoes for arranged marriage. Her sister dishonored her parents by running off with the stable master's son and had been disowned. Annabel was suppose to become a nun but due to her never quite measuring up in the Reverend Mother's eyes she has not taken the veil even after all ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hf-scotland, dnf
DNF @ 40 pages

Dear.Lord.What.Was.That. Sometimes the dialogue was so cheesy was (unintentionally) funny..

..Short, no more than five feet, with a pretty face, shiny, long, wavy midnight hair and more curves than his shield. He noted all that in an instant, his eyes traveling with appreciation over each asset before settling on her eyes.

For two seconds I had the mental image of a dirty old man. ugh..

The book is said to take place one generation after the Crusades, but there is nothing to reinforce
Avid Booker
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People Who Like Calm Midievals
2.5 stars.

It was dry. For the first 30 or so pages I was just like come on, we know the backstory from the back of the book, we don't need all these pages explaining it in detail. For this story, trust me, we just don't. We get it, after the first 10 pages. I liked this book, but it got dreadfully boring towards the 100 mark. At that point I was wondering when the plot would get interesting again. AND IT DID. The whole 'Who's trying to kill Annabel' was boring, BUT it saved the ending from being
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
The moment the main character used the word "nirvana" in a supposedly medieval European setting, I was done. My suspension of disbelief can only go so far.
Elin Eriksen
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly entertaining and thrilling read that had a light feel despite the dire circumstances. Well written and funny.

Annabel was hijacked from the convent she had lived for fourteen years by her mother and married off to the Laird MacKay in a blink of an eye. Not at all prepared for the role of wife and Lady of the castle, she has her fair share of troubles but there are darker forces at hand and she was attacked, repeatedly by an unknown man. Who's friend or foe can be hard to tell sometime
I've been skipping around this series in the audiobooks since I have to wait for when it is available at my library. I finally got to read about Annabelle and Ross! This was a sweet and funny read with plenty of sexy time. What I love about this series besides all the sexy times is how lovable Lynsay Sands makes her characters. There is a big cast of characters all goofy and light hearted and a bit dim witted especially the men. It's not a bad thing but makes for many comedic moments. The antago ...more
I give this one 3.5 stars because it was a perfectly adequate beach read that I had no trouble finishing but it just didn't have much substance to it. And, to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite Goodreads reviewers, the heroine in this one is a bit of a concussed duckling as well as a Mary Sue.

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Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another “hysterical historical” from one of my favorite authors. Poor Annabel is packed up at the tender age of 7 and sent to live in a convent. Now 14 years later she is still a novice and has yet to take the veil. She isn't a very good nun. (Think Maria from The Sound of Music). All that is changed when her elder sister runs away with the stable masters son leaving her parents in a lurch. They had promised their eldest to marry Ross MacKay and he has come to collect. So Annabel is abruptly pul ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I thought the beginning funny. Would not have bought this poorly plotted and at times incomprehensible book other wise and do regret it. As it is I kept reading because I couldn't believe a writer [and I believe Sands has written several - although I'm not checking this out] could be so tone deaf. Nothing was remotely realistic: not the heroine's family not the 'convent', not the laird's castle and the inhabitants - nothing. And - just sayin' - is there a Scot who would not recogni ...more
"Annabel closed her eyes as dismay, regret and guilt rushed through her. She had beggared her husband and their people with that thoughtless move. Dear God, why did she have to be such a failure at everything?"

Umm, I don't know... maybe because you're dumber than a rock?! *SMH*

In my defense, I used to love Lynsay Sands' historical romances. Not sure what happened but this was over the top ridiculous. So much so that it wasn't even funny. The characters were either extremely dumb or extremely evi
J. W. Garrett
The intended bride of Christ becomes the bride of a highlander instead

Rating: MA: mature audience: contains language, violence and sexual content: explicit descriptive sex scenes between a married couple.

Our story… a contracted betrothal formed many years before between former friends... Lord MacKay’s son with Lord Withram’s eldest daughter. Only one problem… as an English woman, she didn’t want to be wed to a barbaric Scotsman. She envisioned herself in love with the handsome son of their stabl
De'Siree Fairley
This one was a cute Scottish romance read, but nothing about it really stuck out in my mind. It was entertaining from beginning to end but overall it was a pretty standard story line. It's definitely worth a go if you come across it. I'm always a sucker for Scottish romances so I'll probably read the next one in due time.
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more

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“Annabel better not have headed back to England. He’d wring her bloody neck if she had. She was his. And why the hell would she go there anyway? Surely life with him was better than life with those two coldhearted English— “Nay.” 5 likes
“In sleep, Ross’s face was unguarded, his expression soft. It made him appear much younger. He also snored loud enough to wake the dead. It made her think it would be a good thing did she fall asleep first every night for the rest of their marriage. Annabel” 4 likes
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