The Handfasters by Helen Susan Swift
Scotland, 1811. Coming from the Highlands to Edinburgh in search of a husband, Alison Lamont finds herself in all sorts of trouble.
Thrown out of a fashionable ball for a stolen kiss, Alison flees from a riot in the notorious Old Town and meets Willie Kemp, an eccentric boatbuilder. While she falls deeply in love with Mr. Kemp, her aunt wishes her to marry the obnoxious but rich John Forres.
Alison takes drastic measures to solve her dilemma, including a long trip through the snow-covered Pentland Hills. But who left the mysterious footprints outside her cottage, and what secrets is Mr. Kemp hiding?
★★★★★ – “I would highly suggest this book to anyone looking for a sweet love story set in historical times.”
★★★★★ – “A beautifully written romance with historical information tossed in for good measure. I was swept away immediately.”
★★★★★ – “By far the loveliest book I have read in a long time. The characters were real and the story line was engrossing.”
★★★★★ – “Hopefully, Swift will carry on with the lives of her characters and we can enjoy the way she paints this era of Scottish history.”