Book Review| Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski| Historical Romance | Fiction

Synopsis:In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.

American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.

Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.

Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?
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Review:

Alec owns the Castle where they are tending to the wounded. He is in debt and selling off his families possessions little by little in the shadows. He wishes no one find out. He can’t serve in the war so this is his way of doing his part. He doesn’t want to staff and soldiers to know because he is trying to give them a safe haven where they can come and not worry. He is doing all he can but is it enough.

I loved the friendship that’s bonded and the romance. I do, however, think that the ending was to easily settled. I really did enjoy reading this though. It was great to read some historical fiction that wasn’t too heavy. Maybe I will pick up more historical romances here in the future.

This is a wonderful romance that has an element of a childhood favorite, The Secret Garden. If you like historical romance, war stories, princess to handmaid tales, deception, and ruin this may be for you.

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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