I adore the characters of In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams. They’re flawed. They’re flailing. They’re trying, hard, to be better people, especially Glynis MacIain, who must somehow live with her guilt over her actions in Washington.
Lennox Cameron, our hero, isn’t free of flaws either. He let the woman he loved slip from his grasp because he was blindsided by his emotions. Glynis had always been part of his life and then she was gone. Suddenly, she was married and he was left to figure out what his future would be without her. His life became his work and Cameron and Company became one of the largest employers in Glasgow. Cameron and Company ships sailed the globe, and thanks to their advances in iron cladding, became part of the American Civil War.
Even Duncan MacIain, Glynis’s brother, isn’t without his own problems. After his father’s death he took over running the MacIain Mill and now he was watching the mill falter. One day, soon, he would have to padlock the doors, send all his loyal employees home and preside over the destruction of his family’s dream. His stubbornness was the only thing keeping him going. That, and an idea so wild and extraordinary that it just might work.
The American Civil War affected Scotland greatly. On the one hand, the mills suffered because they could no longer obtain superior cotton from the southern American states. Yet shipbuilding along the Clyde River was booming because of the requirements of the Confederate States of America for blockade runners.
Queen Victoria had issued an edict that Britain was not going to involve itself in America’s war. They were neutral. But an edict didn’t allow for personal feelings and emotions ran high, especially in Glasgow.
Emotions ran high for other reasons. Lennox and Glynis met again seven years after she impulsively married. She pretended not to feel a thing for Lennox, to ignore that he still had the appearance of her knight. Lennox found himself confused. The girl he’d known had changed, become someone he didn’t recognize. But the woman lured him, dared him to find the girl beneath. But who was Glynis now?