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(Secrets of the Loch #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Love is in the cards for a young Scottish heiress in the first book of a delicious new trilogy of historical romances, Secrets of the Loch, from New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp.

A family legend of hidden treasure mingles with the mist over the shores of Loch Baille . . . But it’s not the cache of gold dating back to Culloden that Jack Kensington claims when h
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Pocket Books
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortune to read this little gem while I was on vacation IN SCOTLAND. Yes, it was marvelous for so many reasons :)

Treasured is the start of a series Camp released some years back and I've been remiss in not picking it up sooner. This was such a fun read! Isobel and Jack are both lovely people. Jack is looking for a place to belong, a home. Isobel has a home and is trying to figure out a way to keep it after her worthless (his selfishness made me insane) loses it in a card game. The
Jack Kensington regrets his desire to travel to Scotland to view the house he won in a card game as he is nothing but cold,wet and tired. Even though he plans to sell the place, he is shocked to discover Isobel Rose knew nothing of her brother's gambling away the family property. Isobel tries to persuade Jack to keep the house as income property, but he declines and gives her as much time as she needs to settle her affairs. But Isobel is stubbon and is also determined to keep her ancestral home. ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit too busy, there was some inconsistent characterization in terms of the male lead I would say and the plot was scattered and frenzied, as if it wasn't sure which story-line it wanted to focus on. I still enjoyed it overall and all the characters, by and large, felt real and were fun to spend time with.

Good use of language, a couple memorable turns of phrases and quite emotive, sometimes cute interactions and relationship development.

I have no idea how much time passed in the novel reality
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book. Jack came to Kinclannoch to check on some property he won in a card game. He plans to sell it as soon as he can and take the money back to London with him. He is surprised to find the precious owner's sister and aunt in residence, but not nearly as surprised as Isobel is to discover that she is soon to be homeless. She is determined to find a way to keep her home and protect the people who live on the land.

I really liked both Jack and Isobel. Jack did not come in throwing his weight
WTF Are You Reading?
This book proved to be quite the unexpected treasure.
The customary girl draped over the chaise in a seductive pose, that this book's cover sports, does little justice to the fiery, resourceful and determined Isobel Rose. Heroine of the day, savior of her ancestral home, and general kick-ass leading lady.

This book is a clear case of 'what mess men does a woman fix.' As Isobel and her dear, if somewhat forgetful aunt find out one stormy night when a strange and handsome Englishman show
Christi Snow
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
It's been a long time since I've read a Candace Camp book, but back when I used to read historical romances regularly (many, many moons ago) she was on my auto-buy list, so I was pretty excited to see if her writing still appealed to me now. Short does.

I liked this book. I enjoyed the premise and the relationship between Jack and Isabel. I adored the Scottish vistas and scenery that Ms. Camp described so incredibly well. I felt like I was walking along the cliffs and in th
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Treasured by Candace Camp is a 2014 Gallery/Pocket Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and XOXperts in exchange for an honest review.

I have read books by Candace Camp for years and she is an author I trust to write a historical romance the way they should be written. This book was true to the time period in language, customs, the laws and moral codes of the era.

When Jack Kensington wins Baillannam in a game of whist, he travels from England to Scotland to hav
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually got to about page 240 and felt satisfied enough with the story to stop there. I never got to the part of hidden treasure, etc. but the hero and heroine were officially happy with each other and I was ready to move on to the next book on my TBR shelf.

I will say that I almost gave up on the book much earlier and glad that I kept with it though. I just kept feeling that the hero was a stranger to me. I never really had any idea what he looked like to have a picture in my head, never real
Elis Madison
Isobel Rose is dismayed to learn that her brother Andrew has gambled away his inheritance—namely his unentailed Highland estate. Faced with the loss of her ancestral home (against the backdrop of the Highland Clearances), Izzy makes a desperate choice.

Jack Kensington just came on a lark, to check out the estate he won before he sells it. Next thing he knows…

Marriage isn't as bad as he expected. His feisty little bride appeals to him, and this rustic place is growing on him, too. And then there's
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Isobel Rose has just found out that her brother has lost their family estate, Baillannan, in a card game to an Englishman, Jack Kensington. To make matters horrible, she had to find out from the man himself. The Rose name has held this property and it's people safe, now all is in jeopardy, and the solution Isobel offers is marriage.
Jack Kensington was expecting to sell the property that he found himself with, until he found it came with a sister and aunt attached to it. An attraction to the lad
Midniteillusion (Desiree)
The book ended well but it was slow going until about 75-80% in. It touts itself as a mystery/treasure hunter type book (even the NAME!), but it really isn't. It's more of a marriage of convenience story with a little family mystery at the end.

I found the heroine very annoying at the beginning and her brother was horrible throughout though he's not on the page until about 60-75% of the way through. Thankfully she does grow on the reader. Her aunt is sweet and endearing as well and her story I t
Jack Kensington comes to Scotland to look over the house he won in a card game from Andrew Rose. Andrew neglects to tell his sister Isobel Rose and their Aunt Elizabeth that he has lost their ancestral home, Baillannan. Isobel dreads leaving the only home she has ever known. She has run the whole estate for years and caring for their aging Aunt while Andrew has been off living a debauched life in London. Jack has no intention of running the estate and plans to sell Baillannan. Isobel decides to ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Realistic romance, mysterious family legend; what's not to like? After some trepidation, Isobel and Jack made an seemingly impossible situation work for them. A marriage of convenience turned into a loving, respectful, and sexy relationship. The way they navigated various challenges as they learned about one another only made Isobel and Jack extremely likable. I enjoyed watching their feelings gradually develop into affection and ultimately love. It was not their nature to play emotional games, ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, library
I really liked this story, oh, I said that with the four stars didn't I. Well, here's why:

The development between the hero and heroine wasn't forced, it was realistic and believable. I also liked that the two were respectful of each other while they worked out their relationship. It was a marriage of convenience and both tread somewhat softly at times.

There were other supporting characters that added suspense (brother and cousin) plus hilarity (aunt).

There was a mystery that twisted and turned j
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Jack wins an estate in Scotland in a card game and the con man turned gentleman ventures to the Highlands and is stunned to find he didn't just displace the laird but his sister, Isobel. She is stunned to find her home taken out from under her because her brother, Andrew is an immature rake.

She is desperate to keep the home Jacks wants to sell and convinces him a marriage of convenience means he can leave her in charge, up his prestige with a Scottish home and have ready and steady cash.

He agre
Tracy Emro
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book. I really liked Jack - Isobel, not quite as much. But she did become more likable as the story progressed. She was not a shrew or anything - I just found her a bit tedious.

I liked the mystery aspect of the story - but honestly got a bit confused about who was who - the deceased characters were all either cousins or parents of living characters - who were also cousins or aunts/uncles. It was just confusing - but not impossible to follow. And while I am talking about confusi
Ani Gonzalez
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scottish faery tales, a haunted castle, and a buried treasure. What's not to like? Isolde and Kensington are great characters and their romance has real depth. Good book.
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. I really enjoyed reading... I hope the next book will fill in some of the blanks left behind in this book.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I could not get into this to save my life. I believe this is another tale of where the review was much better than the actual story.
This was a fun read. It had the elements of a mystery that will be pursued throughout the series as well.

Jack Kensington, a lucky gambler, won an estate in a hand and has come to claim it but it holds two woman. He can’t turn them out can he? But he needs to sell it to get back to London. Isobel Rose is disgusted to find out her brother has gambled away her birthright. Now she is turned out of her home along with her aunt. She is desperate for any solution to not give up her home that dates bac
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Today's post is on Treasured by Candace Camp. It is 403 pages long, is published by Pocket Books, and is the first in her Secrets of the Loch series. The cover is a picture of a very pretty woman in a plaid dress looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes historicals, love stories, and family mysteries. There is mild foul language, sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book couldn't decide if it wanted to be a cozy mystery or a romance. Either way, the romantic relationship was sex- and attraction-based more than anything else. That plus the male character's inability to take no for an answer, jealousy double standards, and constant references to his wife like a possession made this a hard book for me to get through.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last few historical romances I read (or started to read) were so disappointing that I've shied away from them for a bit, but this one was both well written and well researched. Yay!
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was okay. The character development was okay, the plot was okay, the dialogue was okay, and the secondary characters were okay. I think okay is two stars.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I throughly enjoyed this story. The main characters were fun, engaging and very easy to like. Fun find the treasure and fall in love story.
Kathleen ShortRidge
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love books about Scotland. This one not only had great characters that kept you reading but had a mystery about a missing treasure that makes you think
This overall was a terrific series, but I liked books 1 and 2 much better than the 3rd book.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, r-historical
I definitely had some issues with this book. On a technical level, early on especially there were several "As you know" conversations, where a character tells another character something they both already know in order to inform the reader. It's lazy exposition, and it's super obvious here. And on a story level, I'm definitely not in love with the playing fast and loose with consent that goes on before they are married; a lot of the early kisses have an Old Skool romance vibe that tips right on ...more
Hidden treasure! Family secrets! And a marriage of convenience! Oh my! Treasured was such a fun read! Jack Kensington won an estate in a game of cards. He plans on selling it after he travels to the Highlands to check out his new property. He certainly doesn't expect to find Isobel living there with her elderly aunt. It turns out that Isobel's brother is an irresponsible jerk with no concern whatsoever for their well being. But Isobel is not about to let her family home be sold off, and convince ...more
Chrystina Williams
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Isobel's younger brother loses their ancestral home in a game of cards to Jack Kensington, she finds herself in a tough situation. She can either find a relative willing to take her and her aging aunt in or figure something else out. Not only that but she is worried about what will happen to the crofters who work her land and what will happen to them if Jack sells her home. So she arranges a marriage with Jack on her own terms.

Isobel does the only thing that she can realistically do in her
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Candace Camp is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty books.

Her first novel, *Bonds of Love*, was published by Jove Publishing in 1978, under the pseudonym Lisa Gregory. Two pseudonyms (Kristin James and Sharon Stephens)and many books later, Candace writes under her own name Candace Camp and still loves creating stories.

Candace lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and is the mot

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