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I heard someone give a really excellent recommendation for When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare on a podcast (quite possibly All the Books from Book Riot, but I can’t find it in their shownotes, so who knows). I wanted something light and funny, and I’d read Tessa Dare before and liked her a lot, so I picked this one up from the library.


At age 16, Maddie Gracechurch starts writing letters to an imaginary sweetheart/fiancee, one Captain Logan MacKenzie, a Scottish soldier away at war, so she didn’t have to enter society — she has crippling social anxiety. Her parents allowed her to stay home, and eventually encouraged her to spend her time writing to Captain MacKenzie. After 9 years, she decides she’s tired of lying, and so she kills him off.

A few years after that, when Maddie is happily living in a Scottish castle she inherited from her godfather, studying lobsters and getting paid to draw insects, a stranger appears — her very own Captain Logan MacKenzie. He’s determined to get what she promised him so long ago.

Why I Enjoyed It

This book. It made me literally laugh out loud. Maddie is so determined not to fall in love with Logan, and he keeps doing things like putting on reading glasses, and reading Pride and Prejudice (her favorite novel), and getting on very well with her aunt, and taking care of the ragtag group of soldiers he brought with him from the war, and making her laugh, that all make it very difficult for her. Maddie is very attached to a pair of lobsters that she’s supposed to be drawing; she keeps waiting for the female (Fluffy) to molt so the pair will mate and she will finally be able to draw the mating habits of lobsters. Logan knows so much about Maddie from her years of letters, but he also gets to know her as she is now, not some teenager, but a woman with her own life and a career and ability to make her own way in the world. He doesn’t try to stop her — encourages her, in fact, to draw and to make a name for herself in the naturalist community.

On top of the good story, Tessa Dare is a good writer. I didn’t find myself impatient with her at any point, nor did I put this book down — I read it in a day. On a day when I worked 8 hours.

Who Should Read It

If you like lighthearted, funny, feminist romance novels, this is one for you.