Evie Nicholson is an antiques appraiser in London who loves the past. She works in a small shop with her annoying boss, Max, who is only concerned with money. Evie loves old items that tell a story and keep the memory of the owners alive, regardless of how much the items are worth. She feels like a fish out of water when it comes to her love for antiques, especially with her family. Her mother and her sister, Alice, are professional organizers who pride themselves on being neat, orderly, and practical. They believe de-cluttering and getting rid of old "junk" is the best thing to do. Needless to say, Evie does not exactly see eye to eye with her mother or Alice.
However, when Alice comes to Evie with the chance of a lifetime, Evie can't refuse. Alice's Scottish boyfriend Fraser's family is close friends with the McAndrews family, owners of Scottish castle Kettlesheer. As a favor to them, Evie accepts the chance to visit Kettlesheer for a week and appraise the items in their home. When Evie meets heir Robert McAndrew, they don't exactly hit it off, but he might be just the right person to cause her to reevaluate what she truly wants in life and to get over her secret crush on Fraser. As everyone prepares for a traditional Scottish ball to be held at Kettlesheer on Valentine's Day, new relationships are formed and secrets are revealed that will change everything.
Swept Off Her Feet is a delightful, engaging novel that is sure to leave readers wanting more of the Scottish castle enchantment and romance. Evie is a character who is not afraid to speak her mind, even if she is a bit different from everyone else. Her passion for antiques and stories from the past is contagious. Browne writes with such exquisite detail that it is no wonder why Evie is so enamored with artifacts and heirlooms. The Scottish traditions, especially the ball, are sure to draw readers in. Evie discovers a world she never knew before in her very own modern day fairytale. Browne's skill for writing will-they-won't-they scenes is a true hallmark of her novels. She expertly develops romantic relationships in all of her novels that will make readers swoon. Swept Off Her Feet is a whimsical escape to the Scottish countryside where you just might be swept off your feet.
British author Hester Browne has written the New York Times bestselling novels The Little Lady Agency, Little Lady, Big Apple, The Little Lady Agency and the Prince, and The Finishing Touches. She studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Browne loves Scottish reeling, vintage clothes hunting, and cryptic crosswords. She lives in London and Herefordshire with her Basset hound Violet. For more information, visit her at Simon & Schuster and follow her on Twitter.
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