“A gorgeous book for a cold, wet, miserable day …”


“This is a gorgeous book for a cold, wet, miserable day.  Stella Riley takes us once again to the 1770s. There is a mystery, a journey, peril and a love story but the strength of this book, as with all of Stella Riley’s books, is the characterisation. They are real people and you care what happens to them.”

“A well written romp with lots of touching scenes and some very funny moments. Haggis, anyone? I stumbled across Stella Riley’s books recently and consider her the best author of this genre.”

“I really loved this delightful story from a very talented author. In addition to the gorgeous characters of Frances and Max and their wonderful love story, I particularly like the mystery element, the road tour of the Scottish borders, the interactions of the family and the excellent dialogue.”

“I think this is probably Stella Riley’s most sensual love story … she manages to convey sexiness with a look or remark, mostly from outrageous Max with his funny, witty innuendos and Frances’s receptiveness to him – the air between them fairly sizzles.”

“This is a clever move away from the Rockliffe series without abandoning it entirely.  The eloquent writing, the wit and humour, the setting and locations and of course the characters are all testament to Stella Riley’s very considerable skills.”

And finally – not a formal review, but a comment made to me here on the website … “I have just finished A Trick of Fate and must say I absolutely loved it. I am Scottish and it was so nice to read a realistic portrayal of Scotland and Scots people rather than the cartoon versions that seem to be prevalent in a lot of historical fiction. I especially liked the haggis joke which made me laugh out loud.”

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