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With a large portion of the story occurring on a ship and the majority of the rest in America, this is not your everyday Scottish romance! Which is really what made it so enjoyable, the unique settings and people the main characters came into contact with throughout the story. The book also touched on some really interesting historical subjects, like indentured servants and women on the stage in the early 19th century. If you like history, romance at sea, and braw Scottish heroes, you will enjoy Saving the Scot.
All Louisa Robertson wants to do is act. The trouble is that she was born the wrong gender and to a Scottish General who is having none of her nonsense. Caught on stage dressed as a man, Louisa is dragged off by her father and subsequently sent to America to be married off. Having no intention of following orders, she conspires with her maid to switch places - her maid will marry Louisa's betrothed and Louisa will be free to become a famous actress. All this is unknown to the man accompanying her overseas. Ian Sinclair, former Captain of the 42nd Royal Highlanders of Foot, just wants is a commission so he can rejoin the army, but he won't be granted that until he acts as babysitter to the General's daughter. Expecting a hellion, he encounters a relatively tame young woman. It's her maid who is the terror! Although initially attracted by her beauty, it's her wit and good heart that captures his own. When Louisa's secret comes to light, it's only a question of whether or not they will both come out of this with what they want.
While I enjoyed the characters of both Louisa and Ian, there were definitely some spots in this romance that had me shaking my head in frustration. Louisa had many childish moment, and while her immaturity stemmed from her young age and spoiled childhood, it was difficult relating to her. Obviously, she was a very fun character and one that could be relatable to any teenager today. The trouble was that she wanted to be seen as an independent woman - and her actions didn't make me think she could truly be independent. Ian was infinitely more mature, and so more relatable for me, and he had been on his own long enough to develop an independence that Louisa craved. I liked that his relationship with Louisa allowed them both to grow as individuals, with Louisa realizing what it means to be an adult and Ian learning how to loosen up a bit. They were good for each other in the end, and it was wonderful growth as the story progressed.
Honorable mention goes to Louisa's friendship with her maid, Mairi - their friendship is one which I hope to have some day. The banter was so funny, and they kept each other on their toes. It was the perfect example of a strong female friendship that I usually only see in contemporary novels. Brava to Jennifer Tretheway for including it in a historical novel!
Wonderful book with extraordinary characters! This is not a book to miss.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**