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Love is in the cards for a young Scottish heiress in the first book of a delicious new trilogy of historical romances, Secrets of the Loch, from New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp.
A family legend of hidden treasure mingles with the mist over the shores of Loch Baille… But it’s not the cache of gold dating back to Culloden that Jack Kensington claims when he arrives in the Highlands; it’s the house he won in a London card game from a luckless Scotsman.
Stunned to learn that her wastrel brother wagered their family estate, Isobel Rose must find a way to save her home and the people she loves…even if it means accepting a loveless marriage. Or perhaps not so loveless? Isobel unlocks the secrets of desire in the arms of the mysterious and handsome Englishman, but a series of “accidents” makes her fear that she will soon be a widow instead of a wife. As their hunt for lost riches turns into the search for a killer, Isobel fights her attraction to the man who stole her birthright…but can Jack convince Isobel that he can provide a home for her heart, and a love to treasure?
Camp (Mesmerized) launches the Secrets of the Loch series with a sweet story set in 1807 Scotland. Isobel Rose and her dotty Aunt Elizabeth are enjoying a rainy evening at home when Londoner Jack Kensington arrives and claims to be the new owner of the Rose estate, Baillannan. It seems that Isobel's irresponsible brother, Andrew, wagered Baillannan in a card game and lost. Now Jack is come to claim and sell the property: loch, stock, and crofters. Isobel's only hope of keeping her home is to entice social climber Jack into a marriage of convenience; but he agrees for the sake of Isobel herself, not her profitable estate or the rumors of hidden treasure. Entertaining side characters lend a Highlands version of smalltown charm to this placid, straightforward romance.