What Happens in Scotland
Jennifer McQuiston (Goodreads Author)
What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston
This is Ms
McQuiston’s debut novel and sometimes it shows. This book actually
reads a bit like two novellas melded together at times instead of one
whole book. There are so many characters to start with and they are all
so confusing. And the points of view are constantly changing which
makes it a bit difficult to stay engrossed in this story.
there is a very good reason for that…you see Lady Georgette has just
come off of mourning and without remembering how it happened, she wakes
up one morning next to a naked man, a naked man with a beard, a naked
Scotsman! Apparently, she had gotten very drunk last night and cannot
remember a single thing of what happened.
Now she has run from
the naked man, after cracking him over the head with a chamber pot mind
you and every one she meets seems to be in on what happened to her, but
she is too scared and ashamed to ask what happened. Of course, she is
imagining the worst had happened.
About halfway through the book
Georgette and James finally meet up and it is still a comedy of errors,
and if anything, it is even worse. Since neither of them remember the
whole of what had happened.
The characters James and Georgette
are at times very strong ones, and at other times, they are both lacking
in backbone. Sometimes to the point that you might like to slap them
upside the head or shake some sense into them. Secondary characters that
seem to be important one minute, somehow disappear and we don’t hear
from them again There is very little back story and what is there
comes to us in dribs and drabs.
Much of the beginning of the
story is told within the characters own head and I am not very fond of
that tactic from an author. The secondary story line was an important
one and I felt that it should have been explored in more detail and
given a little more importance.
This was a very cute comedy of
errors and quite a light read, but I do not think it is one I will be
taking the time to re-read. I believe that the next book will be better
than this one so I will be checking it out.
*ARC Supplied by publisher*