Triumph and Treasure (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series #1) by Collette Cameron
Overview by Amazon:
A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.
A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.
When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.
Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?
You know what was great about this book? The lead characters are really nice people. They don’t snipe at others, argue or yell. They care about their families and each other. They want what is best for those that they love and when tragedy is upon them, they deal with it together. It’s rare to read a historical romance novel with such lovely main characters.
Angelina has been duped by her brand new husband. She flees to England to wait out the scandal and perhaps start a new life. When she arrives in England to stay with her aunt and uncle, she finds out that she is pregnant. She isn’t actually married, as her ‘husband’ Charles, is actually a married man named Pierre, who also happens to be a slave trader. It’s a disaster, but her family is protecting her.
Flynn is experiencing just as many problems as Angelina. His father got drunk, gambled away everything that wasn’t entailed and then killed himself. His mother experienced a stroke at the same time and he has to find a way to keep his father’s enemy from claiming his marker from the gamble his father made. The author writes Flynn with such compassion. You feel for him as he is such a caring son and desperately wants to save his family.
A solution comes from Angelina’s uncle Ambrose, who is the man Flynn’s father gambled with. He tells Flynn that if he marries Angelina he will forgive the debt. Flynn can’t understand how marrying Angelina is a problem that must be solved. He finds her lovely and beautiful. He doesn’t believe that Ambrose isn’t cooking up something to trick him, but he can’t fathom what.
I loved how Angelina and Flynn are honest with each other. Angelina doesn’t shy away from telling Flynn the truth about her circumstances and what he would be getting himself into. Flynn also is completely honest with her about what transpired between his father and her uncle. They come to their own terms and agree to try marriage for at least a year. The only slight deceit in the book is that Flynn thinks that the terms he created with Angelina can’t be enforced by law.
Everything that was wrong with Angelina’s first marriage is better with Flynn. He treats her so well and she is happy with him. When things inevitably go wrong, they lean on each other and trust in each other to solve the problems. I totally loved that. I enjoyed that they didn’t turn away from each other and were a source of support. There are some amazing twists and turns in this book – things you see coming and some that you don’t. There is great drama along with the beautiful love story.
I really enjoyed this book because the author made Flynn and Angelina such wonderful characters. It was fresh and original that they were so good and that you could root for them and the adversary they faced, without having to overcome some character flaw like arrogance or temper.
This was my first book by Collette Cameron, but it won’t be my last!