George MacKinnon was the penniless and thoroughly dislikable Earl of Marne, and the Laird of Balfurin Castle.
Charlotte Haversham was an heiress who didn’t mind being wed to George. After all, a woman had to marry, and he was as acceptable a bridegroom as any. Love would come, her mother said, and if it didn’t, then she would simply have to find other diversions.
The marriage of convenience plot is my favorite plot, and poor Charlotte certainly had a difficult marriage ahead of her. Thank heavens George disappeared. When he shows up again, all those years later, she didn’t know what to do. Especially since he wasn’t loathsome at all – quite the opposite, in fact.
Here’s the blurb of Autumn in Scotland (which is wrong, by the way):
Betrothed to an earl she had never met, Charlotte Haversham arrived at Balfurin, hoping to find love at the legendary Scottish castle. Instead she found decaying towers and no husband among the ruins. So Charlotte worked a miracle, transforming the rotting fortress into a prestigious girls’ school. And now, five years later, her life is filled with purpose—until . . .
A man storms Charlotte’s castle—and he is not the reprehensible Earl of Marne, the one who stole her dowry and dignity, but rather the absent lord’s handsome, worldly cousin Dixon MacKinnon.
Mesmerized by the fiery Charlotte, Dixon is reluctant to correct her mistake. And though she’s determined not to play the fool again, Charlotte finds herself strangely thrilled by the scoundrel’s amorous attentions. But a dangerous intrigue has drawn Dixon to Balfurin. And if his ruse is prematurely revealed, a passionate, blossoming love affair could crumble into ruin.