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Product Details

  • Series: MacGregor Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402268696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402268694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this charming sequel to 2012's The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Burrowes returns to the Victorian-era Scottish highlands for another cross-border romance. Tiberius Flynn, Earl of Spathfoy and heir to the Marquis of Quinworth, has been sent to Scotland to quietly retrieve his young niece, Fiona, from the MacGregor clan and bring her to live in England. Complications ensue when he finds himself reluctantly drawn in by both the delightful girl and her stepfather's sister, Miss Hester Daniels. Soon he's caught between competing interests and his own overwhelming sense of duty. Seeking refuge with her brother's new family after jilting an unscrupulous nobleman in London, Hester believes the unexpectedly kind Tye is the perfect candidate for a harmless dalliance. While she means only to restore her confidence and move on, Tye refuses to accept an unhappy ending. Burrowes excels at intimate banter and seductive love scenes, and elevates her story with refreshing twists. Expert prose, likeable characters, realistic relationships, and believable complications create a pleasant and satisfying keeper. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Literary Agency. (Aug.)

From Booklist

The second in Burrowes’ strong Scottish Victorian series (The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, 2012) features Hester Daniels as she cares for her brother Matthew’s new stepdaughter, Fiona. Matthew and Mary Rose, Fiona’s mother, are traveling in Europe on their honeymoon and are not around to stop titled Englishman Tiberius Flynn from coming to claim Fiona as his niece. His deceased brother had handfasted with Mary Rose, but his family never claimed or supported Fiona. Tye’s father suddenly wants her back in England. Tye tries to disarm the Scottish group but discovers instead that he is charmed by the young girl and Hester. Hester, fresh from a broken engagement, distrusts but is attracted to Tye. Tye and his parents then grow sympathetic in one of Burrowes’ signature character arcs. Readers will enjoy revisiting Burrowes’ Scottish cast and following the twisting fate that brings satisfaction to all involved. Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes’ writing, and fans of Suzanne Enoch and Sarah MacLean should enjoy this series. --Amy Alessio

More About the Author

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

Customer Reviews

The characters are well written and the story good.
Donna F
Last June, I had the opportunity to read an ARC of ONCE UPON A TARTAN by Grace Burrowes, Book #2 in the "MacGregor" trilogy.
Nicole Laverdure
If you love the highland settings and a good regency romance, I highly recommend this series.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on August 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Mm, mm, good, maybe even better than the first book in the MacGregor series!

Once Upon a Tartan is skillfully written with eloquent, revealing words, and subtle humor to tantalize the senses and send the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride for an awesome vicarious experience.

Hester Daniels, her young, irrepressible niece Fiona, and the very old, worldly-wise Aunt Ariadne have cobbled together a household comfortable for them all while Fiona's mother and stepfather are on an extended trip. When the Earl of Spathfoy, Tiberius "Tye" Flynn appears, lives are forever changed. He is Fiona's uncle on the paternal side of her family that has ignored her existence until now. The conflicts, the subtle maneuvering, and the many types of love that come to the fore make Once Upon a Tartan a keeper. It sparkles, shimmers, and shines with characters that are multi-faceted who all seem comfortable in their own skin and not afraid to speak up for themselves. I admire and cheer on strong characters.

I fell in love with the vivacious little Fiona. She is a breath of fresh air. She climbs tress, reads to trees, and sings to them and declares them very nice. She chatters like a magpie, is a trove of information, and it never enters her mind to be daunted by her Uncle Tye. She even grins and winks at him when he's grumpy. The fact that he is an earl means nothing in her young life. How she relates to all the adults in her life is an amazing story in itself.

Hester hates that good manners force her to offer the Earl of Spathfoy hospitality, while Aunt Ariadne is quite happy to have him around. Hester cannot get past the fact that Tye's deceased brother, a spoiled, selfish womanizer, had not dealt honorably with her sister.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By eyes.2c on August 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Ah! The tangled webs woven by others and left for our various proponents to unravel.
I may have been disappointed in the first offering in this series, but I absolutely enjoyed this next offering. I smiled through the entire reading.
Hester comes alive as never before and Tiberious (Tye) is a quixotic joy of a man torn between duty and love.
Fiona is the beguiling scrap of innocence that lines are drawn around with her Scottish family trying to protect her and her English Marquis grandfather trying to take her for his own reasons. Tiberious his son is charged with her delivery. Thus the meeting of Hester and Tiberious. There are wonderful asides and moments throughout this novel that take it from merely pleasant to greatly enjoyable.
And I have to say I love the description of the wool sock in all it's abandonment. It gets to me every time and if you want to know more then you'll have to read this latest Burrowes creation.
By the way, Aunt Ariadne is a joy!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on August 11, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again, Grace Burrowes has deepened and further developed her talent as a writer in "Once Upon a Tartan." Like in her other novels, her characters display an emotional intensity that draws the reader into their lives and makes the reading experience a delight. Unlike many of her other heroes, however, Tiberius "Tye" Flynn is not the scarred hero struggling to overcome some horrific past. Instead, he's a man conflicted between his duty to his father and his own sense of what is right and just. He is honorable, responsible and loving. He encounters Hester Daniels, a loving and kind woman whose life has been shaped by a rape and by her own reputation of being a "jilt." Hester's niece Fiona is a delightful child who becomes the focal point of the main conflict in the plot. Grace Burrowes reminds me in some ways of Mary Balogh in that both of these writers have a distinctive tone and develop characters that draw you into the story in ways that most other authors do not quite manage. "Once Upon a Tartan" is a much stronger novel than its predecessor in this series and I have high hopes for even more from this talented author.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Pearson on August 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book definitely fits within my 'men in kilts' category even though hunk Tiberius Flynn doesn't don a kilt, though I can easily imagine him strutting around in one.

English Lord Tiberius Flynn has travelled to Scotland to retrieve his young niece, Fiona, from her maternal family after the death of his elder brother. He doesn't count on her family putting up a fight for her, nor is he prepared to deal with her guardian/aunt, Hester Daniels, and the effect she has on his heart.

Both Tye and Hester are trying to do the right things for their respective families, but can't find a way to do it without hurting the other. As their feelings for each other grow, so does their anguish. Both are strong characters and put family and propriety ahead of their own desires. Definitely a product of the times. I particularly liked the character of Fiona's great aunt Lady Ariadne MacGregor and would like to read a book of her back story. She seems to know so much about everyone that I suspect she must have many secrets hidden away. (Should author Grace Burrowes read this review, I hope she takes this suggestion).

Once Upon a Tartan is the second book in a series, the first being The Bridegroom wore Plaid. You can read this as a stand alone, but you'll want to read the first book to fill in some story lines, so you might as well start thee.
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