In order to avoid social situations, Madeline Gracechurch tells a small little lie – she is engaged to Captain MacKenzie. Everyone believes him to be real, but Maddie has completely made him up and sends him fake letters to prove her devotion. After many years of this deception, she fakes his death and everyone leaves her to live her own life. After she’s inherited a castle however, the real Captain Logan MacKenzie shows up, ready to get married like she promised in her letters.
Spoiler Free Review:
After not loving the previous book in this series, I was a little worried about this one, but those fears were for no reason! I really enjoyed this book, thought it wasn’t a new favorite or anything.
This book is set in a fairly remote castle, which I loved. I feel like the remoteness lets you really focus on the main characters. I also thought the setup for this was ridiculous in the best possible way. It was like an arranged marriage…but also not, because it was arranged by chance.
One of the reasons why I enjoyed this so much is because it has elements of a marriage of convince/fake marriage. Maddie and Logan also have to share a bedroom, so there are plenty of good scenes around that element.
Another reason is because I found Maddie very relatable. She creates a supposedly fictional man in order to escape social gatherings because she has social anxiety. She also keeps the lie going for a very long time because of that anxiety. I also loved that she had a career that she was passionate about.
I really enjoyed Maddie and Logan’s relationship, but I had a hard time understanding what was actually keeping them apart for so long. It seemed like it was just nonsense that was getting in the way, when in reality, there was no reason for them to not be together. I wanted a little bit more about Logan coming to terms with his past, because it all seemed a little bare bones.
Overall though, another entertaining book from Tessa Dare! The scene in the bog (I think it was a bog…) was super memorable to me! I think I will start in on her Spindle Cove series next, since the last book in this series is a crossover between the two.