About Love Practically
As a young woman, Leah Penn-Leith fell hopelessly in love with Captain Fox Carnegie—the only irrational mark on her decidedly sensible life. Fox, unfortunately, did not return her regard.
Their story should have ended there. After all, Fox left for India. And Leah returned home to Scotland to rear her much younger brothers.
But twenty years later, Fox appears on Leah’s doorstep—older, scarred, and world-weary—proposing a marriage of convenience between them. He needs a mother for his young ward, and Leah, with her capable good sense, comes highly recommended. What woman could say No to such a proposal? Not Leah. Fox has always wreaked havoc on her ability to think rationally.
After their marriage, Leah confronts the chaotic reality of Fox’s life. His castle, ten miles up a rugged Highland glen, is shambolic. His ward, Madeline, is a precocious handful. Fox’s time in India is shrouded in rumor and mystery. Worst of all, Fox himself is distant and broken, his personality as altered as his scarred body.
Throughout it all, Leah is left with two questions: What happens to a woman after her most-cherished fantasy comes true? And can a marriage, begun in practicality, transform into something deeper? Something like . . . love.
I love a book that can transport you. This one by Nichole Van transports the reader, not only to Scotland, but also to a different time. I loved the feeling of the wild Scottish setting.
How can you not love Leah? In the epilogue, she knocks out one man trying to climb into her bed. And makes friends with his friend, who was only trying to help. I loved her courage, and the way she cared for her younger brothers, when she could have chosen to be married instead. And I love her courage reaching for happiness, when everyone around her told her not to.
Fox was a great character too. He had been dealt a hand, one he would have rather not had, at least most of it. And he chose to do his best with what he had. It was too bad Fox had the scars he had. But I loved the way he was eventually able to over come them, when he allowed Leah to help. Their love story was such a great part of this book!
Madeline and her cat, Mr. Dandy, were such a great part of this book. Hopefully, we get to read her story at some point!
I loved this book! Waiting for more books by Nichole Van is so hard!
I was sent an e-copy of Love Practically as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
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