Friday, March 18, 2016

The Princess Wore Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes #2.5) by Karen Hawkins

While traveling to a family event, Princess Tatiana Romanovin of Oxenburg's traveling coach is set upon by brutes and in the confusion, Tatiana winds up lost and temporarily without her memory. When she finally remembers who she is, she makes her way to a Scottish inn, where no one believes she is a princess and in order to repay the kindness of the inn owners, she becomes their maid. Tatiana has never had to do any sort of physical labor for this princess has been pampered from birth. Now her hands have blisters and learns that her servants did more for her than she could imagine. Letters she has written to her family in hopes that they will come for her and take her back into the family fold, but when she meets a bristly Scottish lord, she wonders if the family fold is really where she wants to be.

Injured in a battle with the French, Lord Buchan only thinks of the pain his tattered leg gives him and bitterness of not having the life he once had before. His weekly visits to the inn where he rents out a private parlor to feast on the cook's delicacies and drink the whisky that numbs his pain is interrupted by the beautiful presence of this foreign miss who sparks his interest. Tatiana's quick tongue puts Buchan in his place and suddenly the man who resolved to be alone, seeks the light.

When Tatiana tells Lord Buchan the tale of who she is and how she came to be at the inn, he doesn't know whether to believe her. The more Tatiana spends in Buchan's company, the more he believes her story, and the more he realizes that even though he feels deeply for her, she isn't for him. Tatiana however, is not convinced that Buchan isn't the one and her stubborn reserve tries to break down the barriers between the Princess and the Scott. 

THE PRINCESS WORE PLAID by Karen Hawkins is a lovely short read that left me wanting so much more. I felt like I didn't have a chance to know the main characters and their struggles as much as I would have liked. Author Karen Hawkins is one of my long standing favorite authors and I continue to read her wonderful tales and this story was quite enjoyable. I do hope that Tatiana and Buchan appear in future books in the Oxenburg Princes series.


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