“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.”

Author: Stella Riley


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

  1. Beautifully done, Stella. Loved the main HEA and the ongoing redemption of Ralph. I thought when Julian had problems with Rob’s travel sickness that putting him up with the driver might have worked, but you didn’t specify the helpful hint, so I wasn’t sure. Only 1 niggle – Ralph’s surname is Harcourt and surely as he introduced himself as Sherbourne, that, like Rockliffe or Sarre would be enough? Rather than the whole title, that is? Or just Lord Sherbourne or Ralph as you do for Adrian?
    Still working on my review – I keep going back to bits I enjoy – I’ve read it almost 4 times since Friday!. Regards, Margo.

    1. Thanks, Margo – and wow! Four times? You’ll be reviewing on Amazon AU, won’t you? Not entirely sure which bit re Ralph you’re referring to. If you e-mail me, we can chat about it. But really glad you enjoyed Trick.

      1. I’m really finding it hard to write my review. As I said above, I’ve read it right through 4 times + I’ve read the earlier reviews on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com and some are really good and others – well they’d be better sticking to Em Brown if that is what they prefer. So I’ve revised and re-written and still not published. But now the Rugby World Cup is finished I can get back to the important things.

        1. “Publish and be damned,” Margo. If you’ve enjoyed it, that’s all that matters. Why not just pick out a few bits you liked best and leave it at that. Reviews don’t have to be pages long – in fact, it’s best if they’re not.

  2. I long to buy this book, but it is still only available as an e book, so waiting with hope. M

    1. I’m aiming to get it on sale next Friday, Nov 1st, Marina – but it’s difficult judging exactly how long Amazon take to put it out there, so it could appear a day either side.

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