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In the Heart of the Highlander (Ladies Unlaced #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
She has exactly what he needs—and desires…

Ever since Mary Evensong’s elderly Aunt Mim got sick, Mary’s masqueraded as the owner of the Evensong Agency, finding housemaids and husbands and solving pesky problems for the peerage. Someday she’d like to shake off her silvery wig and spectacles and be the young woman she truly is, but desperate clients are waiting for “Mrs. Eve
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Berkley Sensation
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Miranda Davis
Having read and enjoyed the first novel in this series, In the arms of an Heiress, I just had to see what Mary Evensong, the employment agency doyenne from the first was up to hieing off to Scotland after meeting wtih Alec Raeburn, a Scottish baron living under a black cloud, reputed to be a murderer. In desperation, he hired the Evensong agency to help him unmask the villain responsible for his wife's death, a death the baron has allowed himself to be blamed for and ostracized by society rather ...more
un peu mieux que le tome 2, mais pas exceptionnel... bon j'imaginais bien Alec en Gerard Butler en kilt et donc ben ♥ (et puis le cours de valse à poil c'est sympathique xD).

j'ai bien aimé les personnages secondaires aussi : Oliver et Mac, ils sont choupis ^^
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the Heart of the Highlander, a Ladies Unlaced novel by Maggie Robinson, is a terrific suspenseful romance set in Edwardian England and Scotland. Our heroine, Mary Evensong, has been in charge of running her Aunt Mim's Evensong Agency, an early twentieth-century employment/matchmaking/problem-solving/do-it-all business, for the four years since her aunt developed a gouty foot. She is twenty-nine, middle class, and very skilled at her job. Our hero, Scottish Baron Lord Alec Raeburn, of the fier ...more
Elis Madison
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mary Evensong, a grocer's daughter, is posing as her 70-year-old Aunt Mim.

(You'd be fooled, right?)

And as Mim, she runs an agency that dabbles in a little of everything, from finding staff for difficult households to matchmaking to stopping elopements to—well, you name it. But she's a bit fed up with the old-lady façade.

That's when Baron Alec Raeborn shows up with his sexy Scottish accent and hotness.

He needs someone to pretend to be a rich virgin (he'll fund the "rich" part) in order to entra
Marie Ledoux
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
England 1904: Mary Evensong schlüpft seit 4 Jahren jeden Tag in das Kostüm einer 70 jährigen Frau. Ihre Tante kann die erfolgreiche Agentur - die Unmögliches möglich macht - krankheitsbedingt nicht mehr leiten. Deshalb müssen die zwei Frau zu diesem Mittel greifen, denn kaum einer der Kunden, könnte sich vorstellen, von einer jungen Frau beraten zu werden. Auch als Lord Alec Raeburn in der Agentur vorstellig wird, ahnt er nicht, wer unter dem Perücke und dem schwarzen Kleid steckt. So erklärt er ...more
Penny Black
This Edwardian era jem is so good, it's quote-worthy.
After reading the first novel in the series -In the Arms of the Heiress (A Ladies Unlaced Novel) - I was so intrigued by the preview, I've pre-ordered the second, and I'm glad I did.

The story opens as the heroine, who appeared in the first novel as the ultimate problem solver, contemplates the last four years that she'd spent running her aunt's agency and admits to herself that her life is passing her by. Before she can finish the thought, her
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the "Ladies Unlaced" series and we meet Mrs. Evensong again, proprietor of the Evensong agency. I thought Mrs. Evensong was a very mysterious character in the first book and glad to see she has her own story. We find out that she has a rather large secret. She's been posing like her elderly sickly aunt in full wig and spectacles. Her latest client is Lord Raeburn, a Scottish fellow who's been rumored to have killed his very young, but distant wife. Her task is to entra ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plutôt 3,5/5.
Dans la même veine que le premier tome.
Une héroïne indépendante, un héros ours mais attachant, quelques péripéties pour occuper le tout.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is a 2.5-star book for me.

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Fellow romance reader and blogger, Maria (Austen Student on Tumblr), mentioned on Goodreads that, when she wants to laugh, she reads Maggie Robinson and I agree with her: there's a really light-hearted/fun (but not funny) quality to Robinson's books. What makes Maggie Robinson stand out, however, is that she infuses her stories with a unique and surprising element that elevates her stories.

Alec Raeburn is wealthy, titled and incredibly handsome -- but he's al
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-20th-cen
I was, for some reason, expecting yet another vaguely Victorian/regency hybrid thing... instead I got a sprightly, well-researched Edwardian romp. (At one point the heroine complains that the villain was ogling her and being inappropriate "as though she were a Florodora girl," which I think was the point I really fell in love with the book.) The actual romance and mystery and drama is relatively standard, but the setting shines and it was just such a fun read.
Liz Mckernan
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the two books in this series!
Tracy Emro
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Mandi Schreiner
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Mary was tired of living with her brother and tending his store, so when her aunt becomes ill and can no longer run her Evensong Agency, Mary eagerly moves in with her aunt and literally becomes her. The Evensong agency was created to solve domestic disasters. Matchmaking, finding employees, or even the odd jobs that no one else has a solution for. Their motto, “Performing the Impossible Before Breakfast Since 1888.” Because her aunt has such a strong, confidential client base, Mary decides to d ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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Barb Klein
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I have read “In the Heart of the Highlander” by Maggie Robinson, which is a Scottish historical romance.

Mary Evensong has taken over her Aunt Mim’s business, the Evensong Agency. This enterprise finds household help, finds husbands for young ladies, and solves problems for customers. Of course all is confidential. Lord Alec Raeburn has come for help to try to avenge his wife’s death by trapping the unscrupulous doctor responsible for her demise. Lord Alec has been accused of pushing his wife out
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IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER by Maggie Robinson is another exciting Edwardian era Historical Romance set in 1904 Scotland. #2 in "A Ladies Unlaced Romance", but can be read as a stand alone. See, "In The Arms of the Heiress". If you have ever read one of Ms. Robinson's stories you know you are in for a treat. If you have not read one, than you are missing a great read! Join, Mary Arden Eversong, and Lord Alec Raeburn, a Scottish Baron who was accused of killing his wife, on a journey of danger ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, for-review
IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER is the second book in Robinson's Ladies Unlaced series, and it's just as much fun as the first. In this book, we meet up again with Mrs. Evensong, proprietress of the Evensong Agency, the establishment that provided IN THE ARMS OF THE HEIRESS' Louisa with her pretend husband. Here, Mrs. Evensong agrees to provide an actress to accompany Alec Raeburn to a Scottish spa and retreat in the hopes of drawing out the man Alec believes killed his wife. Rather than sending ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first of Maggie Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series, and her latest in this series in my opinion doesn’t disappoint. Set in the early 1900’s highlands of Scotland, the hijinx keeps this story rolling. With great characters and the author’s trademark banter it was hard for me to put the book down when other duties demanded my attention.

I loved the way the romance developed between the hero, Alec, and the heroine, Mary Evensong, as they ferret out the bad guy. With a lively and c
I was really pleasantly surprised by this novel. I didn't have any expectations for it but the story, characters and writing style drew me in immediately and I was hooked reading it all night. I really liked the lead characters, particularly the heroine, and it was a nice change of pace for me to read something set in the Edwardian era as opposed to my normal Regency, Victorian or highlander reads. I actually would have given this five stars except I was a little disappointed in the denouement o ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second book in Maggie Robinson's very amusing Ladies Unlaced series, set in the Edwardian era, 1904. I read and loved In the Arms of the Heiress, the first book in the series,last summer.

This story tells the happy ending for Mary Evensong, a woman who runs an unorthodox employment agency of sorts for her Aunt Mim who, with her gouty foot, has limited movement. The agency’s motto is “Performing the Impossible Before Breakfast Since 1888."(p4)

Before she came to work for her aunt in London, Mar
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2013, romance
Despite the narrative's somewhat stilted tone at the offset, Heart of the Highlander quickly finds its stride out around the end of the first chapter. With a story that draws the reader in and authentic characters, this novel quickly grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the last page. In fact, this reader devoured the book in one sitting. Most of the storyline seems plausible, given the genre of historical romance, though the heroine's "favor" of the hero tests the suspension of disbelief. ...more

Second tome de cette série de Maggie Robinson mais verdict identique pour le premier : c’est sympa, ça se laisse lire mais il manque un petit quelque chose pour en faire une lecture dont on se souvient un petit moment. C’est même une lecture que finalement on oublie vite et dont je ne suis même pas sure de lire le troisième tome à sa sortie …

Je ne vous referai pas un résumé de l’histoire, celui de la quatrième couverture suffit et en plus j’ai la flemme. Ce qui me fait réaliser que comme
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai pas fini/lu le tome 1 de la série (j'avoue ne pas avoir vraiment accroché) mais comme l'histoire du tome 2 me tentait, j'ai allégrement sauté par dessus ^^

Et j'ai bien aimé... il y a un petit côté Agatha Christie en 1904 dans cette histoire de lord écossais qui veut punir le véritable responsable de la mort de sa femme.

Même le côté "Allons incognito ou presque dans ce magnifique hotel thermal " symbole de l'époque Edwardienne ^^

Au niveau des personnages, j'ai bien aimé Alec et Mary et le
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
Nice followup to the first book about the heiress Louisa who turns to the Evensong Agency for discrete help in providing a fake husband. This time around we discover the real face between Evensong and reason for a deception when Mary Arden Evensong decides she's the one to help Alec avenge the death of his wife at the hands of a disgusting and disreputable doctor.

Of course, even with all the secrets and half truths Mary and Alec are drawn to each other. She thinks this is her only chance for tru
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2013
Mary has been masquerading as her aunt as the head of the Evensong Agency for several years. Alec has come to the Agency for help in setting up a spa doctor who is the reason for his late wife's death, a death he is actually accused of by society. Mary decides to handle the case herself and enjoy a visit to Scotland. While the writing was good, the story entertaining, I just didn't find myself invested in either Mary or Alec. It was not as good as the previous book, but it is still a good read t ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré le premier tome et le second tome reste dans la même lignée avec des personnages hauts en couleurs et pleins d’originalité. Une histoire dans laquelle l'intrigue se situe au début de XXème siècle, j'avoue que ça change et que ça fait du bien de voir une autre époque dans la romance historique! Les héros sont sympas, attachants et très drôles !
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book had potential in the beginning, but then it ended up being too much of a downer. There were times that Mary was way too 'sensible' for my tastes and she just came off cold. I also was disappointed that she never even told Alec she loved him, even after thinking that he desperately needed to be loved after the way his first wife had treated him... Disappointing.
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
Un second opus pour cette saga de romance historique pétillante même s'i m'a manqué le charme du premier duo. Mary et Alec sont attachants mais assez prévisible et l'intrigue assez captivante ne suffit pas à en faire une grande romance même si on passe un bon moment de lecture fraîche et sans prise de tête.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This is the first book I have read by Maggie Robinson thanks to winning a Goodreads Firstreads copy. I liked this story so much I am going to read her other books also. The best part for me was the heroine Mary. She was smart, funny and adventurous.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable for 3/4 of the book, then it slipped sideways a little bit. Still good, though.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 22, 2015 07:56AM  
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Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.

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Ladies Unlaced (4 books)
  • In the Arms of the Heiress (Ladies Unlaced, #1)
  • The Reluctant Governess (Ladies Unlaced, #3)
  • The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced, #4)